Lecture Capture describes technologies instructors can use to record voice and data projector content and make those recordings available digitally. Lecture capture systems offer three important benefits: an opportunity for content review; an alternative when students miss class; and content for online course development. Lecture capture enhances and extends existing instructional activities, whether in face-to-face, fully online, or blended learning environments. It is not intended as a replacement for in-class instruction.
The U of S Lecture Capture Service (LCS) records video, audio and screen capture of any scheduled event in an equipped classroom. The LCS is operated by eMAP and ICT. Together they operate equipment and provide activities to enable and support the automatic recording of lectures in many classrooms. Students ( and potentially others) view the recordings at a later time over the Internet using arbitrary devices (computers, laptop, mobile devices). eMAP provides, installs and maintains the necessary equipment in classrooms. ICT operates the servers and software (on capture agent devices and servers). The Lecture Capture Steering committee, consisting of representatives from the ULC, eMAP, AIRES lab and ICT will set policy for the service and advocate the use of the lecture capture services as appropriate with instructors and administration.
Forms of lecture capture available include:
If lecture capture is to be used as one of the main delivery mechanism for distributed education students, best practices must be followed, a backup option must be in place and it should not be the primary delivery mechanism.
While NOT part of the LCS described here, a wide variety of technologies are available for individual instructors to record audio and computer graphics, and to make those recordings available to students. These methods remain the responsibility of the instructor. ICT and eMAP can help with some information and recommendations regarding best practices.
The instructor of record for any class can request lecture(s) or class session(s) to be recorded at a time and place. This is subject, of course, to the equipment installed in the particular classroom; equipment cannot be installed “on demand”.
Others can request sessions be recorded, provided that the person requesting is indeed responsible for the session, location and time.
Instructors are responsible for informing participants that the recording is to take place (as a minimum.) Preferably participants should be given a fair opportunity to opt out in some way.
The recording may change the dynamic in a classroom. Legal use of copyrighted materials may be altered by recording.
A U of S policy regarding lecture capture is under consideration.