With a click of the mouse, the first UW Flex student, Aaron Apel, submitted his application to the new UW degree program. Thanks to the ICS’ WisLine Webcast service,  stakeholders, media and potential new students from around the State were able to watch him live during the UW Flexbile Option Kick-Off Event held at The Pyle Center on Monday, November 18.

The UW Flexible Option is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin System campuses and UW-Extension which offers a more personalized, convenient and affordable way for adults and other non-traditional students to earn a University of Wisconsin degree or certificate while balancing work, family and other commitments. The UW Flex Option includes self-paced, competency-based degree and certificate programs that allow students to progress by demonstrating what they know, no matter where that knowledge was gained.

The live kickoff event in The Pyle Center and via webcast, was the culmination of nearly two years of planning and development of the program led by UW-Extension, UW System, UW Colleges and UW-Milwaukee staff and faculty. Having a live webcast was essential in helping the planning team reach not only faculty and staff who may not have been able to attend in person, but also stakeholders and media.  Over 55 people attended the live event, and the recorded webcast has reached over 100 online viewers and sites.

Jessica Tormey, assistant vice chancellor of Communications and External Relations, planned the UW Flexible Option news conference to be as inclusive as possible, not only for media but for the 350 UW-Extension, UW System, UW Colleges and UW-Milwaukee staff who have been involved in developing the model and the first degree and certificate programs offered in this format.

“Our partners at UW-Milwaukee could watch as a group, and members of the media statewide were able to watch the news conference live,” Tormey said. “And now after the event, we can select short clips to help tell the UW Flex story on social media.”

ICS media technician Greg Cichy provides webcast support for the UW Flex Option launch event.

ICS media technician Greg Cichy provides webcast support for the UW Flex Option launch event.

The ICS WisLine Webcast team assisted the UW-Extension Chancellor’s Office in planning the event by providing the technical and logistical coordination of the webcast details. ICS staff met with the event planning team in advance of the production to assure the details of the event were clearly communicated, provided technical support for the Mediasite webcast before, during and after the event concluded, and acted as the technical producers for the event.

WisLine Webcast is a fully integrated system that allows the capture and recording of audio, video and data in one streamed media presentation viewable on the web. WisLine Webcast is operated by ICS and is just one of the suite of WisLine collaborative services which help students, faculty and staff to teach, learn and meet effectively. More information about WisLine Webcast is available at: ics.uwex.edu/wisline-suite/wisline-webcast.