This fall, Stetson University, the oldest business school in the state of Florida, is launching the Centurion Sales Excellence Program, a major and minor degree-granting program that provides multi-disciplinary exposure to academic study in addition to practical training and skill development. The facility’s technical infrastructure, featuring three specialized sales training labs outfitted with equipment from Ensemble Video and Matrox, allows instructors to integrate classroom learning into real-life situations relevant to today’s business environments.
Each lab uses a Matrox Monarch LCS encoder, connected via the network to the Ensemble Video platform, which centralizes commands over the Monarch LCS appliances, the Wowza Streaming Engine media server software, and Blackboard, the university’s designated lecture management system. Professors and students access the Blackboard interface to schedule times to use the lab equipment; behind the scenes, Ensemble Video sends the schedule command to the individual Monarch LCS appliances, automatically starting and stopping encoding events at the slated times.
Once each scheduled recording is complete, the Ensemble Video platform publishes the videos to Blackboard so that students and professors can access the final files. Reviewing the Monarch LCS-encoded footage to improve students’ performance is a key element of training, and on-demand access to recordings means students can track their progress throughout the semester.
“Few skills are more important than that of being an effective and persuasive communicator, and that is the key to the success of our students,” explains Neal Mero, Ph.D., dean and professor of management, School of Business Administration, Stetson University.