After numerous discussions around offering, supporting, and defining how Lecture Capture could be used at FSCJ, the Academic Technology team created a presentation that can be viewed here.
What is Lecture Capture?
When we engaged in our preliminary research, we found that many colleges and universities already utilize lecture capture technology, but for a variety of purposes and with different capabilities. We began, therefore, to define what it would mean at our institution, based upon faculty and student needs.
Uses of Lecture Capture at Other Institutions
These three educational institutions provide enlightening examples of what lecture capture can be and how it can function.
UC Berkeley provides a several different "tiers" of lecture capture through their libraries and the academic technology department. Departments can pay for a fully staffed studio experience for high volume courses, or professors can use a more automated lecture room with lower production value. They also offer equipment for professors to check out for more DIY projects.
The University of Florida utilizes a fully automated lecture capture program, in which certain high-demand classes are scheduled for auto-record and upload after each meeting. Professors can also use an automated calendar to request the use of lecture capture classrooms on a less regular basis.
Finally, Indian River Community College has invested heavily in lecrure capture technology (Echo 360), that they use in combination with data and analytics to provide new synchronous and asynchronous channels for student/faculty communication and collaboration. They have seen an increase in student performance and rentention as a result of this campus-wide initiative.
Having taken a look at the needs of FSCJ, as well as the implementation of the lecture capture field at other institutions, we then set out to define the minimum parameters for launching a lecture capture pilot.
The most expensive, and most crucial, resource required to begin the lecture capture pilot is the video capture and storage device. FSCJ currently utilizes Kaltura MediaSpace's media portal campuswide, so it was important to ensure that a compatible product was purchased. Both hardware and software solutions were considered, based upon cost, ease of use, and versatility of the recording and viewing experience.
FSCJ already had access to CaptureSpace Lite, a Kaltura tool that was intended for screencasts and podcasting, but that could be adapted to produce rudimentary lecture captures.
Visit this article to review features of CaptureSpace, which were discussed on a recent segment of In Focus.
This is s screenshot of a promotional webinar that was created by Kaltura to showcase the features of CaptureSpace. Click here to view CaptureSpace Example that gives an excellent overall shapshot of the flexible viewer and the editing features that are a part of this software package.
Pilot Project Fall 2017
FSCJ's Academic Technology department will be launching the Lecture Capture pilot in a classroom at the Deerwood Center, which will be supported by the Multimedia and Educational Technology teams. If you are interested in participating in the pilot, or would like more information, email EdTech@fscj.edu.