JISClegal podcasts about Recording Lectures and Screencasts

June 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Posted in lecture recording | 2 Comments
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JISClegal have released a series of seven short videos, orginally presented as a live webcast. They cover the legal, technical and accessibility issues, and include an instructional ‘How To’ segment, panel discussion and Q&A with experts from JISC Legal, JISC Digital Media and JISC Techdis.

Part 1 – Introduction (8 mins)

Part 2 -Basic Recording Tips (4 mins)

Part 3 -Preparing to Record (32 mins)

Part 4 – Your Questions Answered (12 mins)

Part 5 -Making a Recording (16 mins)

Part 6 -Making the Recording Available (16 mins)

Part 7 – Final Questions (10 mins)


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.

Identifying sustainable strategies for the implementation of lecture capture technologies

March 23, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Posted in lecture recording | 2 Comments
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This is the title of a comprehensive report put together by Dr John Couperthwaite of the University of Birmingham. He was fortunate to gain some funding from the Universitas21 initiative which enabled him to visit and learn from Australian universities that have been using lecture capture for some years. He has used the insights gained to create a comprehensive list of recommendations for the introduction of an institutional lecture capture system, and it is interesting to compare these with the process adopted by Southampton. Overall, I feel our approach has been more exploratory and less prescriptive, as befits a pilot project as opposed to a strategic initiative, but I am reassured that we have considered and addressed the majority of the recommendations he lists.

The University of Birmingham Event Capture website can be compared with our own Panopto support website. Viewing their tutorial videos, two things struck me – first, how much I prefer narrated video to material produced using Adobe Captivate (the fake typing sound really annoys me) and secondly, how much easier the Panopto integration with Blackboard makes the whole process; Birmingham uses WebCT and so tutors need to manually copy-and-paste links from the Panopto server to WebCT items. They are also trialing Echo360, which does offer good integration with WebCT, so that may well clinch their final choice.

Panopto tutorial on offline recording

March 21, 2011 at 11:30 am | Posted in lecture recording | Leave a comment
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One of the pilot Panopto users encountered this worrying error message last week when she completed a recording:

All that had happened was that the wi-fi connection she used to log in and start a recording dropped, so the Recorder was unable to upload the files to the server. All we had to to do was close this error message by clicking Cancel, close the Panopto Recorder and upload the recording when she got back to her office.

This minor panic prompted me to produce another tutorial video that shows how to create recordings offline (i.e. where there is no internet access) and how to upload them later when you are online. Typical situations might include:

  • rooms without a network connection (or where it is broken, which happened to me last week);
  • rooms away from the University where there is no network, or you don’t have an account to access it;
  • field trips, boats and other remote locations.

This ability to create recordings offline is a really useful feature of Panopto and will enable the University to create ad-hoc recordings wherever it wishes. For example an academic giving a guest lecture at another University will be able to capture their talk and make it available to students here, or a researcher on a ship in the Arctic will be able to use a good quality webcam to show students what working in those conditions is really like.

More Tutorial Videos about Panopto

March 14, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Posted in lecture recording | Leave a comment
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I’ve just revamped the Panopto support pages on the iSolutions website, and  there are now many more short tutorial videos that show tutors how to make best use of the system:

  • how to edit recordings,
  • how to control access to them,
  • the legal issues you need to consider, such as copyright.

There are also videos aimed at students – there is one that provides a general introduction to Panopto and another that shows them how to access the podcast versions.

Introductory videos about Panopto

February 17, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Posted in lecture recording | Leave a comment
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I’ve just completed two complementary videos about Panopto; one aimed at staff and the other at students. Each is about 8 minutes long. Naturally they were entirely produced using Panopto, so you’ll be able to see how the viewer interface works.

You may need to install Microsoft Silverlight on your PC if you are using Windows XP or MacOS.

If you’re using Linux or an iPhone, iPad or Android device (or are just curious) then here are the MP4 podcast versions for staff and students. Coming soon – another video showing you how to find and use podcast URLs in Panopto.

New Panopto tutorial videos

January 10, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Posted in lecture recording | Leave a comment
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I’ve just made two tutorial videos available for tutors using Panopto.

The first is an update of an earlier video, and takes into account some minor changes  due to the upgrade to Panopto 3.0 – in particular the removal of some trivial but annoying error messages during login:

Using Panopto in a Common Learning Space : recording a lecture from start to finish

The second is new, and shows you how to access a recording via Blackboard, trim the start and end points, delete sections from the middle and save it as a new (separate) edit:

How to edit a Panopto recording

Still to come is a video aimed at students, showing them how to view, download and annotate recordings.

These two videos also allow you to compare and contrast the possibilities offered by Adobe Presenter and Camtasia – so the first is based around animated screen-grabs in PowerPoint while the second was a live screen recording with effects added during editing. In both cases a script was used to smooth the production process and minimise editing – and of course the (updated) script also made it much quicker to re-record the changed slides on the first video.

Using Panopto in a Common Learning Space

Using Panopto in a Common Learning SpaceUsing Panopto in a Common Learning Space

JISC legal podcasts

December 9, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Posted in lecture recording | Leave a comment
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JISC Legal have released a podcast in which Jackie Milne and John X Kelly discuss some of the issues covered in their recent guidance notes. It lasts 12 minutes and covers a good deal of ground; the key point I noted was the need to encourage tutors to make greater use of resources with open-access or permissive Creative Commons licences, therby avoiding all the problems that arise when third-party resources are used in lectures that are being recorded.

The Panopto pages on the iSolutions website have been updated to include the latest advice from our own Legal Services – in particular see our detailed advice on the use of Creative Commons resources.

Using lecture capture to transform lectures

September 16, 2010 at 9:17 am | Posted in lecture recording | Leave a comment
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Here at Southampton we are just gearing up for the start of our lecture capture pilot project, based around Panopto. This is a software solution, so if the 30-licence pilot is successful we will be able to simply upgrade to a site licence to make it available in *all* our teaching spaces and on *every* tutor’s office PC. I strongly feel that having a few ‘specially equipped rooms’ (especially if they are the big lecture theatres) will make pedagogic transformation unlikely.

I will be encouraging our pilot users to consider how they might use lecture capture to make their face-to-face teaching more student-centred. Ideally, if there are elements of the lecture that are ‘content transmission’ then pre-record these and require the students to view them before attending a lecture which has more opportunity for questions, problems, discussion and in-depth consideration of key points. We shouldn’t underestimate the amount of tutor effort needed to reconfigure their teaching in this way, and students also will need careful induction and support into this mode of study. They need to understand that ‘watching the video’ is necessary, but not sufficient.

In adopting this model, one of the challenges faced by tutors is that recording material in your office is a very different experience to delivering it live. There is no feedback from an audience to help you sound enthusiastic, and the normal hesitations and repetitions can make the office recording seem very amateurish. There are also accessibility requirements to wrestle with and it seems clear that a pre-recorded ‘lecture’ will require a transcript (or even subtitles!) to meet legal obligations. One option is to work from a script, but that means that the tutors will have to write those scripts… much more work than simply turning up to the lecture hall and speaking.

My guess is that most of the pilot users will simply record live sessions, but I hope that a few will explore the potential of the technology and enable us to develop a few local case studies to encourage others to move beyond basic use.

JISC Legal Lecture Capture Guidelines

July 30, 2010 at 10:31 am | Posted in lecture recording | Leave a comment
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Making a recording of a lecture so that students can review it later seems like a straight-forward idea. Technology has advanced to the point where it is relatively  simple for the tutor – in essence all they need to do is make sure the microphone is switched on, start the software and press the record button.

Unfortunately, the move from ‘giving a lecture’ to ‘recording a lecture’ causes all kinds of awkward legal issues to raise  their fanged heads and start hissing. Intellectual property rights, performance rights and moral rights all affect who ‘owns’ the performance and what can be done with it. Copyright legislation comes into play and affects what can be included and shown. The accessibility of the recording is now a factor. And of course, who is liable if the tutor says something derogatory or offers misleading advice?

The JISC legal service have just released a helpful guide which explores all of these issues and gives advice where possible.

We (LATEU, iSolutions and Legal Services) have been developing our own guidelines as part of our lecture capture project, and it is reassuring to see that we have been working along the right lines. We have a draft version of an institutional lecture capture policy, along with guidance resources for tutors, students and guest lecturers – and these should be available in early September once they have been checked and approved.

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