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Lecture capture

Lecture capture is a technology which allows professors to record a lecture and share it digitally. These lectures can be live in the classroom or recorded outside of class and made available to students through Moodle. 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.

How lecture capture is used

Depending on the way in which you record your lectures, they can be used in different ways. Lectures recorded in-class are typically used as a review tool for students and might be used in subsequent years by the instructor. Recordings made out-of-class are typically produced to support online, flipped or blended learning. 

Using Lecture Capture to Enhance your Course

This video showcases interviews with Concordia faculty talking about their experiences using Lecture Capture in their face-to-face courses.

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)

  • Record a visiting professor and then share with others who could not attend
  • Record in preparation for a class that will be missed by the professor
  • Record a demonstration (how to use a software, how to perform a task, …)
  • Record a scientific experiment
  • Develop content for a blended or online course
  • Share multidisciplinary content - share a lecture capture from a colleague from another department or institution with your students.
  • Record a lecture for viewing before class and use class time for active problem solving thus making the in-class or live Zoom session time more dynamic (i.e. flipped classroom)
  • Have students listen to a recording out-of class and answer questions on a wiki, thus making the out of class time more productive
  • Develop an archive of materials over time which students can use as a reference.
    • recordings on prerequisite concepts allowing students to prepare and review when needed 
    • offering different approaches to course content for students to make it more accessible

YuJa: Concordia's lecture capture tool

YuJa is a web-based software solution that is installed on all classroom computers across both campuses. This solution is can be used to record live lectures and posted to Moodle. Instructors can also  download and install YuJa on their personal computers in order to record lectures outside of class or other kinds of videos. You can upload any video - including videos from your mobile devices to YuJa, which can then be shared with students through Moodle.

With Yuja you can:

  • Record live lectures in the classroom and make available on Moodle
  • Record lectures from home and make available on Moodle
  • Upload videos created using other software to your YuJa Media folder to make available on Moodle
  • Upload videos you shot with your phone or tablet while in the field

These videos are one way to support online and blended learning and the flipped classroom approach.

For more information about YuJa, refer to the IITS Lecture Capture page and the YuJa Quickstart Guide.

How YuJa works

The professor starts recording using the podium computer at the beginning of the class session. The video will capture the slides displayed on the computer along with the instructor's voice when used with a microphone. Immediately after stopping the recording, the video is uploaded to the instructor's Media folder in their YuJa account. Once the video has rendered, the instructor will be able to make the video available on Moodle. 

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 YuJa, please see the YuJa IITS Services page.

The instructor installs the YuJa software on their computer. Once installed, instructors are able start recording anything on their computer screen along with audio - and even video from their webcam if desired.  Immediately after stopping the recording, the video is uploaded to the instructor's Media folder in their YuJa account. Once the video has rendered, the instructor will be able to make the video available on Moodle. 

It is also possible to edit the video within YuJa by selecting the "Edit" option from an individual video.

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

Recording your own videos allows more flexibility in the kinds of content instructors can bring to the classroom and how that content is accessed. For example, instructors can record demonstrations using their personal devices or computers in their offices, at home, in the lab or out in the field.

Although these kinds of videos are typically recorded for Blended Learning and flipped Classroom Teaching, video offers the portential to make learning more flexible and accessible to all students regardless of the format. 

YuJa acts as a video hosting platform (similar to YouTube) in addition to its recording capabilities. You can upload any video (or image) from your mobile device or computer to your YuJa Media folder within YuJa and make it avaiable in one or multiple courses. Videos uploaded to YuJa are secure and only accessible once you designate them to particular classes. What's more is that if you use the Moodle plugin to share your course videos, it is very difficult for students to share or save these videos.

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

Virtually any course could benefit from having a video library. Depending on your course, the kinds of videos you upload will vary, but here are a few examples of the kinds of videos that can be uploaded to YuJa for your course:

  • Zoom recordings
  • performances
  • demonstrations (lab, industrial, health & physical, etc.)
  • role plays, interviews
  • guided tours


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