We are currently researching how other schools are addressing access to multimedia content and securing the content to ensure that only students enrolled in a particular course gain access for the duration of a semester.
We have several methods for multimedia delivery including: Helix streaming server, Flash Media Server, and more recently we have begun to use iTunes U. iTunes U does provide a very good API for development and control of albums to specific students in a course, however it is not the most optimal as it does not have any support from Apple for technical issues and lend's it self to uploading smaller content.
Currently we password protect media or a class folder of media using a single username/password that is shared to all students in a class (and then change it from semester to semester). We have also used IP restrictions in the past to limit content to on-campus only locations, however with online courses this is not a feasible option to require students to be on-campus to access the materials.
We would like to see how other schools are handling security of streamed content and have a few questions for other institutions:
- How are you addressing access to audio, video, and other multimedia applications or files at your institution to ensure that only students enrolled in a particular course can access that material (for the courses duration)?
- Are you using any products related to Helix Streaming Server or their secure streaming applications where you are feeding the DRM via batch imports and/or live API integration with your ERP (student system, e.g. Banner, Peoplesoft)?
- Are you using any products related to Flash Media Server to feed DRM information via Batch imports and/or live API integration with your ERP (student system, e.g. Banner, Peoplesoft).
Any information or resources you can provide would be greatly appreciated.
Edward Jacobs Jr.
Senior Educational Technologist
Metro State College of Denver