SDSU Creates a Student-Centered Learning Media Portal
Re-imagining innovative technologies is an ongoing opportunity within actively growing educational institutions. In early 2012, a dedicated team at South Dakota State University (SDSU) focused on implementing learning-based media and instructional design services, made the decision to invest their efforts towards creating a web portal that students and faculty members could use to interact with assets and curriculum. How would this new environment affect the day to day lives of future scholars and innovative educators? SDSU enlisted the services of EnterMedia to find out.
Armed with forward thinking staff and ambitious ideas, SDSU is a leader in the interactive learning movement. They have been honored as one of the top active learning programs, among the world’s top companies and universities. Their Active Learning Cloud platform was acknowledged and honored by EMG (Elearning! Media Group).
South Dakota State University’s vision was to offer engaging learning tools and assets pertaining to studies and lectures through the internet. A flexible and adaptable platform would be necessary in order to meet SDSU’s expectations and requirements for a successful deployment. Previous experience with building DAM tools for Harvard Business School and other universities qualified EnterMedia as an ideal candidate.
SDSU is a university focused on providing their students and faculty with the most supportive and interactive hybrid learning resources. They contacted EnterMedia with expectations of working together to strategically centralize and share their digital assets. SDSU sought learning tools that would enable students and faculty to access video lectures and other related classroom files. The creation of a custom environment based on the existing library feature set was prioritized. SDSU requested that the software permissions ensure students can only view assets associated with their enrolled courses, keeping the display of digital assets fully organized and specifically catered to each user.
EnterMedia worked closely with SDSU to associate student usernames with course libraries to ensure a custom, unique experience for each individual. A public access area was also built, which provides general information for prospective students, and the general public. Through this portal, anyone can learn about the university’s updates. SDSU places high value on innovative learning tools to ensure current and future students are given every resource available to succeed.
SDSU remains ahead of the learning curve. Within a document that outlines their mission, “The Active Learning Cloud Plan Summary” states that South Dakota State University intends to address every obstacle that the current generation faces within education and the advancement of technology. From this research, the university was able to begin formulating a plan to clear any remaining hurdles that stand between their students and educational excellence.
According to EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, there are five obstacles within education for Gen Y:
- Creating learning environments that promote active learning, critical thinking, collaborative learning, and knowledge creation.
- Developing 21st century literacy (information, digital, and visual) among students and faculty.
- Reaching and engaging today’s learner.
- Encouraging faculty adoption and innovation in teaching and learning with IT.
- Advancing innovation in teaching and learning with technology in an era of budget cuts.
South Dakota State University recognized an area for improvement, envisioned a plan, and teamed up with EnterMedia to make these goals a reality. When it comes to open source digital asset management within a university, customization proves essential. EnterMedia was able to engineer the core features, secure permissions to assets based on university credentials, and produce an active learning portal. This ensures both inclusion and privacy, based on the educational path of each student. This environment allows effective, personalized teaching and learning to occur by providing a way for each student to access a plethora of digital assets pertaining to their course of study.