Hunter Olson, a computer engineering senior, posts meetings of Miami University's Associated Student Government (ASG) online. Olson is ASG technology director. The Sept. 30 meeting is the first available, www.muasg.com.
The project was initially funded through a proposal in the student tech fee competitive process. Funds are made available annually to stimulate the development of innovative student-focused technology on the Oxford campus (see a sampling of funded projects: www.units.muohio.edu/mcs/techfee/FY09/index.php).
"This allowed us to purchase a camera, equipment to edit the video and miscellaneous needed supplies," says Olson.
"ASG has always been looking to make our activities and decisions more transparent to the student body," he adds. "Posting videos online allows the organizations and individuals affected by senate decisions to see exactly how these decisions come to fruition."
Olson says the hardest part was getting the project off the ground. The videos can be massive - one was almost five hours long - so finding the right mix of quality, size and file format was tricky. "Now that I have developed a consistent workflow for posting the videos, it is fairly straightforward," he says.
Olson did some research and is not aware of any other student governments that post vidoe of senate sessions. "I think that with the success of this video project and some of the online projects we are pushing for right now, ASG is ahead of the curve in best utilizing technology to serve the student body."