Lecture Capture

You’re sitting in class, furiously taking notes in an attempt to keep up with the professor’s lecture. Even for the best note takers, it’s impossible to write down everything. That’s where lecture capture systems come in. This technology allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms, subsequently making it available for students. Lecture audio, video, and visual aids are recorded and synced for playback on demand. The material is searchable, allowing students to easily find a specific slide or diagram that they struggled to understand in class. It has important implications for learning and online course development.


Notre Dame's Echo 360 Interface

Notre Dame’s Echo 360 Interface

Lecture capture is a valuable educational resource because it moves content beyond the classroom. For example, if students are struggling to understand a concept, the professor can further elaborate on the topic from his or her office, making that video immediately available for students to watch before the next class meeting. This frees up time for professors to make class more interactive. It also promotes greater understanding of material by giving students an opportunity for content review and exploration. While Notre Dame currently provides access only to courses students are enrolled in, other universities organize lecture content so that students can even browse content for courses in which they are not enrolled. By bringing class content online, students get a better grasp of material and an opportunity for interdisciplinary learning.


With online learning becoming increasingly prevalent, lecture capture is an important foundational tool. When appropriate, content created through lecture capture may be available for online course development. The potential for online course development has important implications, including the opportunity for distance education. Notre Dame is currently teaching a distance education course in Santiago, Chile through the lecture capture system. This is an important project to explore the potential of lecture capture in online learning. The main challenge with this content becomes intellectual property rights. At Notre Dame the intellectual property rights of faculty are protected by the University’s existing policy, which covers the creation of educational material.


Lecture capture is still in its proof of concept phase at Notre Dame. The Academic Technologies group is comparing two vendors: Echo 360 and Mediasite in two different classrooms in DeBartolo Hall. There are four classes currently using the system. The AT team hopes to make a recommendation by the Spring 2014 semester, and scale up the concept to an official pilot, working with more faculty.


Please contact cbarbour@nd.edu with any questions or comments regarding lecture capture.


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