The Future of On-Demand Learning – Lecture Capture

15 Jan 2018 | Guest Blog

The use of interactive technology in today’s classroom is allowing teachers to engage students on a whole new level from primary school all the way through to university. Interactive technology serves the students, and benefits the educational institution. Teachers and professors are now embracing technology and exploring the benefits and advantages it is presenting in their classroom.

With very few exceptions, today’s learner enters the classroom already having been exposed to technology. This familiarity with technology has caused education systems to revisit the way their teachers are teaching students. The addition of AV Integration into the classroom was a natural step and has helped educators reach students in ways they find familiar. Of course, every person learns differently and students need to be engaged in order to retain information. Technology can be used in the classroom to help provide this engagement. However, that isn’t the only use for technology. It is constantly evolving, and we have seen lecture capture stand out as one of the most successful advancements for both presenting a lesson and engaging the students.

Most schools have adopted some interactive technology into their lecture halls and classrooms. Lecture capture technology, which provides students and professors the ability to revisit lessons or attend a lesson they might have missed, has become an essential tool educators are using in both lecture classes and smaller classes, with outstanding results.


What is Lecture Capture?

Lecture Capture, as the name implies, allow teachers to capture or record exactly what is going on in the classroom to be shared digitally at a later time. It’s an umbrella term for the equipment, hardware and software, and system capabilities used to make this use of technology possible in today’s classroom.


Why is Lecture Capture Important?

lecture capture university school collegeProviding students with a more well-rounded education in today’s schools is a benefit of the lecture capture tool. It allows for more convenient learning, giving teachers the ability to make lectures more interactive and engaging, and providing students the opportunity to attend classes from anywhere, which can increase and improve the online learning capabilities for universities.

With more flipped classrooms, lecture capture provides students with the opportunity to view the material before the class. Professors can choose what material they want the student to see, and have them review it ahead of time. This saves time during the lecture and ensures that everyone has the same background knowledge when the lecture begins. Lecture capture also allows the professor to go into greater detail than they would be able to in a traditional timed lecture because so much of the information can be shared ahead of time or after the class has ended.

Ease of software use also allows the teacher to start and stop recording during the class lecture or while providing notes for before or after the class. This makes sure that the pertinent information reaches the student and any conversations that were off topic during the lecture can be edited out.

The insight the teachers gain with the analytics will show them how many students engage with lecture capture and for how long. This will help the teachers find weak spots in the students learning, which students might be at risk of not passing the class, and which content the students find the most engaging.

Lecture capture has also improved the effectiveness of teaching for many professors by using the tool as a self-evaluation technique. And, the main reason why lecture capture is important is the use of the recording and its versatility for use by students and professors.  With so many reasons why it’s important, universities are clear on what they want from the lecture capture technology. Here’s a look at what they need.


What Universities Want From Lecture Capture

Universities want ease of use. The last thing a professor wants to do is spend time setting it up before each lecture. Lecture capture sets up easily and requires little training. It can be programmed to record automatically, or the teacher can be given the ability to push start and stop at their discretion.

It is also important that universities can mix video and audio with lecture capture in an easy to use way. Giving them choices and making the technology work in a way that is invisible to the students and even the professor. Lecture capture needs to be reliable and store the information where it is accessible to the educators and the students at a later date.

The number one objection when an educational facility is considering lecture capture is usually the cost, but the benefits included in a system far outweighs the price. The addition of on-demand availability can allow universities to expand their distance learning programs and increase enrollment. By having the ability to offer lectures on-demand, the university will also attract more part time students, who can’t make it to campus, but want to be a part of the learning process.

Finally, to overcome objections of price, AV integrators can offer a high-quality AV system which incorporates a zoom function as well as HD and audio that can easily pick up the voice of the presenter. Make sure the equipment is flexible and will connect to any digital device the students may have, and make it easy to use for the universities. Offer IT help and support as needed.

Lecture capture is a tool that we, as AV integrators, should be offering to every higher learning institution we visit. It is the future of on-demand learning and educators everywhere can see the benefits of creating more access for students to the vital information they present during their lectures.

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