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We received a tech call from a student here at Granite State College who is taking an online course while in China (a US citizen). 

However, the course includes video and audio media streaming from our Kaltura service, and none of the media is accessible because of the Great Firewall (Chinese government) blocking this information.

It appears, too, that Dropbox service is not available – or at least not reliably available – to account holders while in China.

Any suggestions here? I suppose we could smash a video or audio file down to something that could be attached as an email, though I'm not sure if that would get us in trouble too.

Thx – Steve

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Steve Covello
Rich Media Specialist/Online Instructor
Granite State College
603-513-1346
Skype: steve.granitestate

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DVD… “Old school”

 

Can you offer VPN service to your students? Kristen Eshleman Director | Instructional Technology Davidson College, ITS T: 704.894.2583 F: 704.894.2670 E: kreshleman@davidson.edu From: , Steve > Reply-To: The EDUCAUSE Blended and Online Learning Constituent Group Listserv > Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 12:57 PM To: "BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU" > Subject: [BLEND-ONLINE] Problem: Streaming educational video in China All - We received a tech call from a student here at Granite State College who is taking an online course while in China (a US citizen). However, the course includes video and audio media streaming from our Kaltura service, and none of the media is accessible because of the Great Firewall (Chinese government) blocking this information. It appears, too, that Dropbox service is not available – or at least not reliably available – to account holders while in China. Any suggestions here? I suppose we could smash a video or audio file down to something that could be attached as an email, though I'm not sure if that would get us in trouble too. Thx – Steve -- Steve Covello Rich Media Specialist/Online Instructor Granite State College 603-513-1346 Skype: steve.granitestate Scheduling: http://meetme.so/stevecovello ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/. ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.
If you are using Blackboard 8 (or earlier) as your LMS, consider using the Digital Dropbox in Blackboard and save the video file (sans file extension) there. Then let the student know which file extension to add back to the file when downloaded.

Cheers!
Trish
 
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Trisha Dionne
Faculty Development and Training Manager
Instructional Support
Promoting and supporting academic technologies for teaching and learning at
Southern New Hampshire University
 
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Yes can also try service like filedropper




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-------- Original message --------
From: Trisha <trishadionne@GMAIL.COM>
Date:
To: BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [BLEND-ONLINE] Problem: Streaming educational video in China


If you are using Blackboard 8 (or earlier) as your LMS, consider using the Digital Dropbox in Blackboard and save the video file (sans file extension) there. Then let the student know which file extension to add back to the file when downloaded.

Cheers!
Trish
 
~~~
Trisha Dionne
Faculty Development and Training Manager
Instructional Support
Promoting and supporting academic technologies for teaching and learning at
Southern New Hampshire University
 
Skype: trishinnh | Twitter: trishadionne
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/trishadionne
Connecting
Without a lot of experience in this area, I would suggest looking at the alternative methods of delivery that advocates of accessibility  (as in ADA, offer: if nothing else, text transcripts of the content, which presumably would not be challenged. A quick google search :  http://www.disabilityresources.org/WEB.html;  http://www.washington.edu/doit/Brochures/Technology/vid_sensory.html

H. L. Spiegel
hspiegel@utm.edu
UT Martin

For each of these solutions related to a file sharing method of some kind, do any of them breach some law or regulation on the books in China? Or, in other words, are we asking for trouble by circumventing the spirit of the Chinese government's program to control all forms of media communication? 

Or does the Chinese government turn a relatively blind eye to this kind of workaround?

The last thing GSC needs is some form of cyber retaliation.

Thx - Steve

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Yes can also try service like filedropper




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-------- Original message --------
From: Trisha <trishadionne@GMAIL.COM>
Date:
To: BLEND-ONLINE@LISTSERV.EDUCAUSE.EDU
Subject: Re: [BLEND-ONLINE] Problem: Streaming educational video in China


If you are using Blackboard 8 (or earlier) as your LMS, consider using the Digital Dropbox in Blackboard and save the video file (sans file extension) there. Then let the student know which file extension to add back to the file when downloaded.

Cheers!
Trish
 
~~~
Trisha Dionne
Faculty Development and Training Manager
Instructional Support
Promoting and supporting academic technologies for teaching and learning at
Southern New Hampshire University
 
Skype: trishinnh | Twitter: trishadionne
LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/trishadionne
Connecting
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I can understand how an ADA compliant alternative might be considered equivalent.

However, if the subject matter lends itself to the demonstration of something that has a particularly unique visual component, a time-based phenomenon, or recorded human interaction for observation and analysis, this could become disadvantageous for the student.

- Steve


I had the same problem with students in China.  My experience was that the government blocks a LOT of large file transfer software, like usendit, in addition to a lot of the streaming servers.  I concur that an ADA alternative method might work, but as mentioned might not be ideal educationally and still might not be completely in keeping with the spirit of Chinese law. 

Does anyone know if YouTube (educational) or iTunes U available in China?  That might answer the spirit of the law question, as well as be an alternative.

Please let us know if you figure something out!

Brenda


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