Ashland University Wins Awards for Nursing Simulation Center

Ashland University Wins Awards for Nursing Simulation Center

6/20/13 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University has been awarded a 2013 AV Technology End-User Award and an InfoComm People’s Choice Award for its creative use of Mediasite in a command and control system in a Healthcare Environment.

The winners were announced at the NewBay Media Awards Ceremony this past weekend at InfoComm 2013 in Orlando, Fla. This new awards program through AV Technology Magazine recognizes innovations that benefit end-users, technology managers and facility directors.

More than 34,000 people attended Infocomm this year and had an opportunity to vote for the “People’s Choice” award in five different categories, including corporate, education, healthcare, arts and leisure, and government.

Ashland University won the “People’s Choice” award in the healthcare category for its inventive use of Mediasite in its nursing simulation center and classrooms, which are located in the University’s state-of-the-art Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Mansfield, Ohio.

The Schar College of Nursing & Health Sciences building is home to an automated and streamlined educational technology program, which provides students with an experiential environment that improves learning outcomes. In the Center for Simulation, the multi-disciplinary Sim-Lab features a total of 32 Hill-rom beds and head-wall units that give the appearance of a fully functional hospital wing.

To teach basic nursing care and prioritization of patient care, students practice in seven simulation labs, four exam rooms, three debriefing rooms and a home healthcare lab.

“Mediasite was one of the components used in online instruction integrated with simulated patients,” said Tom Kemp, director of Instructional Technology and Learning Management at Ashland University. “Simulators which are robotic patients are programmed to give life-like responses to medical conditions. Through a building-wide AV system, student nurses are recorded, studied and critiqued in an experiential environment that improves learning outcomes.”

With the use of Mediasite, this can now be done online and on demand and is integrated with the University’s online teaching technology. “The entire building was engineered to support both the Simulation Center, and all online nursing programs,” Kemp said.

Kemp said a Sonic Foundry Mediasite recorder, which is tied to the master control room, assists in recording and managing online instruction by zone, individual classroom and lab, or Sim-Bed location. Mediasite video and data streaming make up the central repository for all online lecture by Ashland University’s faculty. 

“Across more than three miles of cable and two matrix switchers, the Mediasite recorder captures and connects to more than 64 cameras and 78 microphones, as well as capturing more than 36 SVGA telemetry and nursing medical charting stations,” he said. “Classroom lecture podiums can capture PC, Blu-ray, document camera, laptop VGA and audio input from iPad/HDMI/iPod/MP3 input. Podiums also have AV power for other BYOD devices, 70W amplifiers with overhead speakers, and a duel widescreen projector.”

According to Kemp, the key system components include Sonic Foundry Mediasite, LG monitors, B-Line SimCapture recorders, Extron video and audio switching matrix, Biamp Audiaflex audio capture and DSP, and Panasonic PTZ cameras.

The winners were selected from among submitted entries by a panel of industry experts including journalists, technical directors and industry educators.

“As students prepare to work in a healthcare system that requires them to possess a vast amount of knowledge, Ashland has created a premier environment for students to use technology integration to master the skills they’ll need to succeed,” said Gary Weis, Sonic Foundry chief executive officer. “We look forward to partnering with Ashland as it advances its current simulation environment even further, together working toward a shared vision of streamlined, advanced multi-view capture.”

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###