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Seminar 14A - Streaming Music for Teaching and Learning: A Hands-On Introduction to Variations
PLEASE NOTE: Separate registration and fee are required to attend this seminar.

Session Details

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Room W310B

Session Type: Morning Seminar


  • Jon W. Dunn, Assistant Dean for Library Technologies, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Mark Notess, User Experience Lead, Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Philip Ponella, Director, Music IT Services-Music Library, Indiana University
  • Session convener: Cheryl Gowing, Assoc. Dean, Library Information Systems & Access, University of Miami


Online digital media are increasingly important in teaching and learning. Streaming media can help address intellectual property issues, but generic streaming media players offer little support for teaching and learning activities. The Variations digital music library, heavily used at Indiana University and in pilot use at six other institutions, provides access to streaming audio and scanned score images with a set of discipline-specific tools to support close listening, bookmarking, annotation, and self-testing. A flexible access control system supports a variety of approaches to authentication and authorization. Now open source, Variations can be deployed at any institution wishing to deliver its own music content in an instructional setting. This seminar will provide hands-on experience with Variations (bring a laptop), a deployment evaluation guide, comparisons with tools such as Ruckus, and a vision for discipline-specific pedagogical tools of the future. Issues of intellectual property, CMS integration, and third-party music sources will be discussed.

PLEASE NOTE: You will need to bring a Windows-based laptop computer with wireless connectivity to participate fully in the hands-on exercises. Mac OSX laptops can be used for some of the exercises, but cannot be used with the current Variations digitization tools.