Schaffhauser, D. (2009) Lecture capture is getting campuses talking Campus Technology, June 10

Another article on lecture capture (see also ‘A review of lecture capture systems’), this time with more details on the technology and costs.

I noted in the article that half the users are distance learners. I hope that this is an ‘extra’ for them, and does not constitute the main content of their courses – there are much more effective ways of providing content digitally than recording lectures, which essentially shifts convenience from learners to instructors. (It may be convenient for students to get a copy of a lecture, but ‘deconstructing’ it is much more time-consuming and frustrating than working through a well-designed distance education ‘module’).


  1. I think lecture capture can be a great resource for both faculty and students when designed and used properly. For faculty, it can be a way to present content in a meaningful way for students but since it is a different format than a face to face lecture, the approach to presenting the information needs to be different as well. One of the biggest mistakes I see is where a face to face lecture is just mirrored and put into a web lecture. The lecture screencast needs to be recorded in chunks with follow-up activity to do that reinforces the lecture material. And, the lecture should be focused on key concepts that will be useful for the students to play and replay for better understanding.

    I think when done right, screen captures can also be very effective learning formats for face to face courses too. Students can be assigned to watch the lecture before class allowing class time to be spent on active learning activities that apply content from the lectures.


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