Lecture Capture is becoming a ubiquitous educational technology in higher education because it allows students to have the flexible experience that they expect in a blended or fully online class. Lecture capture can take on a number of forms, and serve several purposes depending upon the pedagogical needs of the professor. It can be used to record lectures for students who may miss class or need a review, or can be provided in advance of class meetings to front load content that may be needed for a lab or experiential exercise. It may involve a classic, performative lecture led by a professor, or may simply be a demonstration of a crucial skill or technique that requires repetition for retention.
The Office of the Provost asked the Academic Technology department to investigate the use of lecture capture at FSCJ, for the launching of a pilot project in the Fall of 2017. The presentation below is a summary of the team's findings, with information about how professors and lecturers can become involved, or obtain more information.
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.
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.
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.
This slide shows a screenshot of a lecture capture done using CaptureSpace Lite. Click here to view an entire recorded CaptureSpace Lite example.
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.