Do students value lecture capture?

May 23, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Posted in lecture recording | Leave a comment

Not if they thought they might have to pay extra for it,  according to a study published in the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (Students’ satisfaction and valuation of web-based lecture recording technologies. Ross H. Taplin, Lee Hun Low and Alistair M. Brown).

In this study, 71% of the students who responded would not pay anything for recordings, even though 47% said that the recordings ‘made it easier for them to learn’. It also seems that results were highly polarised so that many students either ‘strongly agreed’ or ‘strongly disagreed’. “Further research is necessary to identify more carefully the students who value WBLT highly, and whether the gain to these students warrants widespread use of WBLT.” The argument here is about cost, and whether lecture capture offers value for money, and not about the educational gains it offers.

A major difference between the Australian study and the Panopto trial at Southampton is the system used. They use the hardware-based iLecture system that apparently costs around A$150 per lecture, wheras Panopto is a software solution that should cost significantly less once it moves beyond the pilot phase and is more widely used. We are gathering data here to support a move from pilot to full service, and cost will be a significant factor.


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