“Lecture Capture describes technologies instructors can use to record voice and data projector content and make those recordings available digitally” (ICT University of Saskatchewan). At the University of Saskatchewan, many rooms are equipped to allow instructors to easily record their live lectures and distribute these recordings to their students.
Now that I’ve defined what lecture capture is, let’s explore why you should consider using it. Research has shown numerous benefits. A study found that, after using lecture capture across a variety of disciplines, class sizes, and teaching styles, students and faculty were both in favor of using lecture recordings. Benefits for students included:
- being able to review material that was confusing,
- study for quizzes and exams, and
- pay closer attention in class rather than frantically scribbling notes (May, 2008).
A recent series of interviews with instructors on our campus explores these and additional benefits of using lecture capture:
These additional benefits included:
- support for DSS and ESL students who struggle with the speed of the lecture.
- support for sick and injured students who cannot attend class.
- ability to view your classes as a way to critically reflect on your teaching.
- ability to share your videos with other instructors who teach the same course or complementary courses.
- ability to share the videos with your teaching assistant(s) to help them prepare for grading, tutorials, or labs.
When it comes to lecture capture, there is always the concern that students will stop attending class. Research around this issue has been inconclusive (Bond & Grussendorf, 2013). The interviewed U of S instructors noticed no difference in attendance between lecture captured classed and their other classes:
With all these benefits in mind and the major concern set aside, what reasons remain to not try lecture capture? The system is in place—give it a try!
For more information on Lecture Capture at the University of Saskatchewan please visit:
Bond, Steve and Grussendorf, Sonja (2013) Staff attitudes to lecture capture. The London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. Retrieved from: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/54870/
May, V. V. (2008). Lecture capture pilot project results. Retrieved from: http://2009ctconferencecommunity.campuspack.net/Groups/2009_CT_Conference_Community/Workshop_M