The Academic Case for Lecture Capture

October 23, 2009 at 2:49 pm | Posted in lecture recording | Leave a comment
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The University ( iSolutions and LATEU) is exploring the potential for a lecture capture system to be installed in one or more lecture theatres. Yesterday we paid a visit to Bournemouth University to see their pilot service and talk to the staff involved in its implementation. It was good to see Barbara Newland again – she is manager of their Educational Development Services – and to gain an insight into the challenges they had overcome as well as the outcomes achieved.

They use Echo360, which is one of the main contenders for our proposed pilot. This system enables completely automated recording of scheduled lectures; all the tutor has to do is turn up, put on a tie-clip microphone and make sure it is switched on. Soon after the end of the lecture the Echo360 server will have encoded the video and added a link to the relevant Blackboard course. It is certainly our view that this level of ease of use is essential.

But what are the benefits of making a recording of a lecture available? Won’t it simply encourage student non-attendance? These questions and others are answered in this short report ‘academic case for lecture capture‘ in which I outline the main issues and summarise the research evidence currently available.


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