WHAT IS LECTURE CAPTURE?

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“Lecture capture is an umbrella term describing any technology that allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms and make it available digitally” for students to view (Educause, 2008).” Lecture capture can consist of an audio or video recording of an instructor lecturing during a class or can be a screencast made at home or in your office where computer screens with slides, cursor movements, and other on-screen activity is recorded and made available to students to view on their own. 

For more background information on what lecture capture is, see 7 things you should know about Lecture Capture. 

WHY USE RECORDED LECTURES?

Research done by Gosper et al. (2008) suggests that short (best practice calls for 5-10 minutes)recorded lectures have a positive effect on learning with students reporting that “lecture recordings make it easier to understand content and learn.” Their study found that 79% of students view recorded lectures as positively contributing to learning and 69% of students reported that lecture recordings improved their academic performance. 

Gosper, Maree, Green, David, McNeill, Margot, Phillips, Rob, Preston, Greg, & Woo, Karen. (2008) The Impact of Web-Based Lecture Technologies on Current and Future Practices in Learning and Teaching., Strawberry Hills, NSW: Australian Teaching & Learning Council

Moreover, using Recorded Lectures can provide a number of benefits and opportunities for teaching and learning:

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For Face-to-Face & Blended Courses: When teaching a face-to-face course, students can view content in the form of recorded lectures posted to Brightspace prior to coming to class, thereby freeing up class time for active learning with group discussions and activities.  Recorded lectures can thus allow an instructor to “flip” a face-to-face class, with the content viewed online and the class time used for active engagement with the content, other students, and the instructor. 
pc                                          For Online Teaching & Learning: In online courses that tend to be heavy with text-based presentations of and student interactions with content, recorded lectures can allow instructors to present content in more engaging ways through multiple modalities (images, video, and audio), while at the same time enhancing an instructor’s presence, which is an important factor when teaching online. 
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For Student Learning: Recorded lectures allow students to, in effect, control the pace of their learning by focusing on and reviewing content as many times as they need to. 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR EXISTING TECHSMITH USERS

TechSmith Relay has recently been upgraded from a self-hosted version to a hosted version.  For more information on how this will affect your recordings created with the old self-hosted system, go to: http://ato.montana.edu/technologies/techsmith/

GETTING STARTED WITH LECTURE CAPTURE AT MSU

MSU offers instructors a basic lecture capture tool called TechSmith Relay that you can obtain by going to montana.techsmithrelay.com to set up an account and download the TechSmith Relay recorder.  See account set up and download steps here.

For more information on the new TechSmith Relay, go to: http://ato.montana.edu/technologies/techsmith/

HOW-TO USE TECHSMITH RELAY

Learn how to use TechSmith Relay with the following step-by-step How-To Guide and brief video tutorials:

 

TechSmith Relay Workshops: The Center for Faculty Excellence and The Academic Technology and Outreach office offers hands-on trainings. Please check our home page for upcoming workshops.

 

Suggested Hardware (Microphones & Cameras):

Most desktop and laptop computers have built-in microphones and cameras that are sufficient enough to produce quality recordings with TechSmith Relay, but if your desktop’s or laptop’s microphone and camera is insufficient, TechSmith recommends the following microphone and cameras.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR LAPTOP USERS

TechSmith Relay requires a reliable and strong wireless connection to function properly.  If you anticipate or encounter wireless connection issues when recording with a laptop, you may want to consider using a portable recorder.  Learn more about the portable recorder.

 

For more information, see the FAQs

 

RESEARCH-BASED BEST PRACTICES FOR LECTURE CAPTURE & ADDITIONAL USES OF LECTURE CAPTURE FOR TEACHING & LEARNING

 

QUESTIONS OR ISSUES

Technical Support: If you need technical support for issues with downloading the recorder or accessing your files, please email: msutechsmith@montana.edu

Instructional Support: If you have questions about how to use TechSmith Relay or pedagogical questions related to the use of lecture capture, please contact Ken Silvestri, CFE Instructional Designer at 406-994-7835 or kenneth.silvestri@montana.edu