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Lecture Capture

Lecture capture is a technology which allows professors to record what happens during their class and share it digitally. Here are a few examples of what can be recorded:

Lecture on Mobile device
  • an audio recording of the lecture
  • an audio recording of the lecture along with a slide show
  • an audio recording of the lecture recording cursor movement, typing, and other non-cursor movement like writing with a stylus on a tablet.

The Benefits of Lecture Capture

The recordings can be used

  • to make lectures more accessible to learners with language barriers or learning disabilities
  • to review topics that were not clear when presented the first time in class – students can fast-forward to a specific part that they did not understand and listen to it as often as they need to
  • to review before an assessment whenever, wherever and as often as they want
  • as an alternative for a missed class
  • by the instructor the following semester in flipped or blended learning (however, only portions of these videos should be used)
 
 
Example of a lecture recorded using lecture capture

Isabelle Dostaler (Professor, JMSB) online lecture for her Blended COMM 210  (Camtasia)

 

Lecture Capture tools at Concordia

Concordia offers two different lecture capture solutions depending on your requirements.

1. Panopto
Panopto is a web-based solution that is installed on select classroom computers across both campuses. This solution is primarily used to record lectures you give to students throughout the semester.

2. Camtasia
Camtasia is a software-based solution that instructors buy and install on their own computers in order to record lectures outside of class. These can be used in blended learning or for the flipped classroom approach to teaching.

Choosing the right lecture capture tool for your needs

The table below will help you determine which tool best suits your needs.

If you want to.. Panopto Camtasia
Record lectures you give in class for students to access later.  
Record lectures in your office or at home to post online for a Blended course.  
Record lectures for students to watch before class and use class time for group work and problem-solving activities (i.e. flipped classroom).  

Panopto is currently in a pilot phase at Concordia. To participate in the pilot and use lecture capture in any of your courses, instructors need to register with the CTL at teaching@concordia.ca, though the number of participants is limited.

To record lectures, professors must use the podium computers in classrooms on which the software is already installed. The service is currently installed in 15 classrooms (see list of rooms).

How it works

The professor starts recording using the podium computer at the beginning of class session. Immediately after stopping the recording, the video is uploaded to a server, allowing the professor to add a link to Moodle for use by his/her students.

What kind of courses and classes benefit most from this technology?

Recording live lectures is especially useful for large lectures with many students. Furthermore, it is best suited to classes that primarily rely on instructor-led lectures accompanied by slides or documents.  Because the microphone is limited to the instructor, highly interactive classes do not lend themselves well to this software because those audio  interactions will not be captured on the video.  Similarly, classes that involve a heavy chalkboard or white board use need to be adapted to a document camera in order to capture it.

Related policy

When recording voice or image of anyone in the classroom other than the instructor, instructors must receive signed release forms from people.  Instructors should include a statement of use either on their course outline or in the Moodle site, or both. Please review the Lecture Capture guidelines.

Lecture Capture course outline insert

Guest lecturer recording consent and release form

For more information on using Panopto, please see the Panopto IITS Services page.

Camtasia is currently in a pilot phase at Concordia. 

How it works

The instructor installs the Camtasia software on their computer. Once installed, professors are able start recording anything on their computer screen along with audio or even video from their webcam. Lectures are saved directly to the instructor's laptop.  It can then be uploaded to Moodle for students to view prior to the class session.

Camtasia has very powerful editing capabilities for those who want to take lecture capture to the next level. In addition to editing the video content, it is also possible to add in text, highlight certain parts of the screen amongst other features.

What kind of courses and classes benefit most from this technology?

Camtasia is generally used to record lectures that you are not giving face-to-face at Concordia since it is not installed on any classroom computers. It was introduced as a pilot solution for those instructors who wanted to record lectures or screen-based demonstrations using their personal computers in their offices or at home. These lectures are typically recorded for Blended Learning courses, where some of the instructional activities are moved online, and the Flipped Classroom, where students watch pre-recorded lectures before coming to class in order to participate in activities that apply the theories and concepts form the lecture.

Related policy

When recording voice or image of anyone  other than the instructor, instructors must receive signed release forms from anyone whose voice or image is included in the video.  Instructors should include a statement of use either on their course outline or in the Moodle site, or both. Please review the Lecture Capture guidelines.

Camtasia guidelines

Course outline insert

Guest lecturer consent & release form

For more information on using Camtasia, please see the Camstasia IITS Services page.

Example of a lecture recorded using Camtasia

Isabelle Dostaler (Professor, JMSB) online lecture for her Blended COMM 210  (Camtasia)

Resources for Using Camtasia

  • Techsmith provides a series of short how-to videos for performing specific tasks in Camtasia
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