Longsight and ShareStream Partner to Provide Video Platform Services Integrated with Learning Environments and Other Campus Systems

May 26, 2015


RESTON, Va. & INDEPENDENCE, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Longsight, a leading provider of open source software solutions for higher education, and ShareStream—developer of the ShareStream Online Video Platform, a turnkey media-management system used by educational institutions worldwide—have entered into a partnership to collaborate more closely on supporting mutual clients. As part of the partnership, Longsight, which customizes, hosts and supports the Sakai learning management system, and ShareStream will work in tandem on supporting ShareStream’s Video Tool for Sakai.


“After working closely to help several Longsight clients integrate ShareStream with Sakai, it’s become clear that ShareStream staff share our dedication and commitment to higher education,” said Sam Ottenhoff, Longsight’s CTO. “We often work with our Sakai clients to integrate tools into their learning management system, and ShareStream staff are among the most detail-oriented and support-focused groups we’ve ever interacted with. For institutions looking for a comprehensive video management platform that integrates well with Sakai, we recommend ShareStream.”


“Longsight’s domain experience in higher education and strong focus on assisting clients achieve their goals have made them an ideal partner for ShareStream,” said David Weinstein, ShareStream’s CEO. “ShareStream’s partnership with Longsight enables close collaboration between our respective engineering and support teams, which provides meaningful benefits to our mutual clients.”


The use of video for teaching and learning has skyrocketed, driven largely by the emergence of flipped classrooms and MOOCs as well as the growth of blended and fully online programs for remote learners. ShareStream’s Video Tool for Sakai seamlessly extends Sakai with an easy-to-use video streaming solution for instructional media and student-generated content. Faculty, staff and students (if granted the required privileges) utilize ShareStream’s Video Tool for Sakai to:

  • easily upload and transcode video and audio files
  • create clips
  • tag content with metadata
  • search across and browse instructional-media collections for the courses in which they are enrolled
  • access media assets through streaming to desktop computers and mobile devices or (if permitted) through podcasts and RSS feeds.

Integration points between Sakai and the ShareStream Platform include:

  • Sakai Tool Integration with ShareStream Pick-n-Play®, the faculty and student-facing application of the ShareStream Platform;
  • Sakai Tool Integration with ShareStream MediaManager, the primary administrative application of the ShareStream Platform;
  • ShareStream Video Integration with the Rich Text Editor in Sakai;
  • Integration of ShareStream’s Functionality for Student-Generated Content with Sakai’s Assignment and Gradebook Features.


In addition to partnering on ShareStream’s Video Tool for Sakai, Longsight and ShareStream are collaborating on leveraging the ShareStream Platform’s media publishing functionality (which includes features for publishing media assets stored in the ShareStream Platform to external systems as embedded thumbnails, video players with playlists or hypertext media links) within other technologies that Longsight customizes, hosts and supports.
Webinar Demonstration
Representatives from Longsight and ShareStream will demonstrate ShareStream’s Video Tool for Sakai during a live webinar on Wednesday, May 27th at 2 PM EDT. Visit Longsight-ShareStream Partner Webinar to register.
About ShareStream
ShareStream is a leader in online video and media management solutions for education. ShareStream’s product, the ShareStream Video Platform, fulfills rising demand from educational institutions for integrating video hosting and streaming media services into instructional technology, the library, distance learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and campus communications. ShareStream’s technology was developed in collaboration with Georgetown University, and is now widely deployed around the world. Learn more at www.sharestream.com or follow ShareStream on Twitter at @ShareStreamVid to receive the latest company updates.
About Longsight
Longsight’s comprehensive services for carefully selected open source applications enable colleges and universities to take control and ownership of technology on campus. Longsight has been hosting and supporting Sakai longer than any service provider. Longsight is an objective advisor, unparalleled service provider and trusted partner for institutions worldwide.


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