As an open-source project, it is hard to tell how many institutions are using Opencast. The software does not have to be licensed and the users do not need to register.But from registrations to the repositories we can say that at over 300 different institutions worldwide have downloaded Opencast.
In this area we want to highlight some of the institutions that use Opencast in production.
3 Reasons University of Manchester Chose Opencast
The University of Manchester with the worlds largest lecture recording installation did not have a preference when it came to the use of open-source or commercial system for lecture capture. After thorough research, they found Opencast to be the best solution for the following reasons:
Opencast proved to be incredibly cost effective, with no licensing or support fees. It is easy to test without financial commitment and long term, the operating costs are very low.
The modular system design of Opencast meant that Manchester could pick and choose which elements to leverage for their deployment. This also meant that they could run many instances of high demand services in parallel, such as workers and ingest nodes.
Manchester had a compressed timeline for the project which required new functionality to be delivered very quickly. This also made it a requirement that the solution was flexible and adaptive to the changing needs of the University. Because Opencast is open source it allowed Manchester to deliver change swiftly, with direct access to the code base we were free to develop new extensions, functions and fixes with the minimum of time.
Institutions that use Opencast
Some adopters of Opencast were able to provide some feedback on how they use Opencast and what they have contributed back to the project.
University of California Berkeley
With it’s Webcast program the University of California Berkeley has been among the pioneers of lecture recordings in the form that we know today. UC Berkeley was also the founder of the Opencast project back in 2008.
The ETH Zürich has always been one of the driving forces of the Opencast project. A high degree on integration into their campus infrastructure is important to them.
University of Manchester
The University of Manchester has brought lecture capture to a new level. With an opt-out policy for lecturers and more than 300 equipped venues by the end of 2015.
University of Vigo/Campus do Mar
An excellent example on how Opencast can be used in educational projects and how the software can be integrated with other portals.
Universitat Politécnica de Valencia
The Universitat Politécnica de Valencia provides with the Paella Player an alternative engage player for Opencast. They are also initiated the Capture Agent Dashboard software.
The EU-funded translectures project focuses on the automated transcription and translation of lecture recordings.
Osnabrück was the first university to run an Opencast installation in production. They are leading the Opencast Player development. Opencast is extensively integrated into their LMS Stud.IP.
Universität zu Köln
Opencast is a central media service at the University of Cologne that unifies the management of automatic recorded lectures, educational media and blended learning material.
Ghent University is a top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium counting over 41,000 students and 9,000 employees. Our 11 faculties offer a wide range of courses and conduct in-depth research in both exact and social sciences.
The Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg is one of Germanys largest universities and has a long tradition in lecture recordings.
Opencast was the only solution that was fully automated and flexible enough to work with our existing audiovisual technology.Stuart Phillipson, University of Manchester
Opencast drastically reduces the time it takes to get educational resources online so end users can interact with content in real-time.Rüdiger Rolf, University of Osnabrück