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BC ministry of education BC Ministry of Education The BC Ministry of Education oversees a Kindergarten to Grade 12 system that serves students in public schools and independent schools throughout the province. Improving student achievement is the overarching goal of the British Columbia education system.
     

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The Challenge:

In the summer of 2004, the Ministry of Education of British Columbia sought proposals for full service event webcasting services. The services were for the provision of live and archived video and audio streaming over the Internet of select Ministry conferences. The Ministry wanted to webcast professional development conferences throughout the 2004/05 school year to up to 10 satellite conference sites throughout B.C. The plan was for this new Ministry project to operate through the 2004-05 school year as a model for the development of innovative professional development opportunities.

The series provided both presentations by leading experts and facilitated group discussion at all sites. The format of each webcast included an introduction and a one-hour presentation by a keynote speaker, followed by a break for facilitated discussion off-line at each site. The program ended with a final one-and-a-half hour webcast that included a live, interactive question and answer session between satellite conference sites.

Key goals of the project were:

  • to model best practice in distance education through technology, content, processes for discussion and decision making, and
  • to create a model that school districts can replicate at a viable cost.

The INSINC Solution:

INSINC’s response to the Ministry included access to the Company’s proprietary Slidecast presentation software, hosting infrastructure and distribution network. Presentation slides were pushed line, in real time, with a broadband video feed of the presenter to locations located throughout the province equipped with computers and large screen projection systems. A question and answer interface enabled remote viewers to intact with the presenter during the live event.

Upon completion of the event, the presentation video and powerpoints were saved to a centralized server and were posted on the Ministry’s information website.

 

The Result:

The Ministry was able to successfully prototype distance education through technology while at the same time deliver effective learning material to geographically dispersed locations throughout the province.

The webcast series was extremely successful and inspired many educators to explore further distance education possibilities combining real-time interaction, powerpoint presentations and broadband video.