My name is Andy Freed. I've been working at PCC for 12 years. I see the power and opportunity that computers and the Internet can offer to education and the learning process. I feel very deeply that the right technology, when well supported, can help people overcome barriers to their educational goals. I have worked in several roles at Portland Community College; all have focused on supporting students and in their use of technology to interact, to communicate, and to learn.
I am currently the Manager of Technology & Support in Distance Education and Instructional Support. I supervise a team of student services and student and faculty support professionals as well as manage the various technologies and platforms used by Distance Education. This includes the Faculty Help Desk, the Student Help Desk.
We use Desire2Learn for our Learning Environment, Kaltura for streaming media, Blackboard Collaborate for online meetings, and lots of other things that are lots of fun to work with. I am only 77% Geek.
In the last few years, I've become more invovled in helping the college provide greater access to student services for online students. Some of our biggest projects lately are focused on increasing partiy to service for online students. After all, as of Fall 2012, over 35% of PCC students were taking at least one online course.
The blog portion of this site has largely stagnated since Blogger shut down their publish via SFTP service. I should do something about that.
Friday, February 26, 2010
Video Standard for the future
I'm part of a "video strategy" group at PCC and we're trying to identify the best formats, codecs, processes, etc. for creation and management of media. It's a moving target, but lately there seems to be two choices as we try to consolidate to a single format. H.264 and Theora are interesting, but it looks like we're going to be focusing on H.264 because it plays nice for both browsers and mobile devices. It looks good, streams well, and can be embedded using flash-based players like JWPlayer without making the media itself useless to devices that can't do flash video.
I'm interested in Theora for ideological reasons, and about what video format will (or should) become the standard for HTML5. Lately I've found these two article interesting and I'm simply posting them here to try and remember them.
Video on the Web: Dive in to HTML5
Comparing Theora to H.264
Monday, November 30, 2009
Friday, October 2, 2009
Using Xinha Here editor in Blackboard CE8
Anyway, here's the video