KU IT provides Lecture Capture service to enable faculty to schedule automatic recordings of lectures or presentations, or to create ad hoc captures in their classroom or on their KU workstation or personal computer. Online lectures provide students with a powerful tool that can be used for review, to supplement materials covered in class, or to provide entirely online instruction. The captured recordings can be viewed via a web browser, posted in Blackboard and/or lectures can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device.
For more information about Lecture Capture for faculty, select from the following:
Lecture Capture provides a wide range of options for faculty to expand their instruction. Here are a few ways you might use Lecture Capture in your classes:
Instructors do not have to post every lecture online for students to view. Lecture Capture allows instructors to record lectures to be viewed only by students whom have excused absences. This allows students to stay current with the class lectures even if they have to be gone. The instructor has full control over which lectures get published.
Lecture Capture provides a common place for instructors to post all of their lectures online for students to view. Whether you choose to publish to Blackboard or to a web site, Lecture Capture provides an opportunity for students to review lectures they heard in class, make notes and get clarification on topics in the lecture.
Recording lectures is a great way to review teaching techniques and presentation. Instructors can evaluate themselves by watching their own lectures, and by looking at feedback from students. The Echo360 EchoCenter Player features heat-mapping that shows what parts of the recording students reviewed most, spots where they may be having trouble. Students can post comments in the Echo discussion board which are time stamped and associated with a point in the lecture. They can also create personal bookmarks to mark points in the lecture they like, and points where they need more explanation. These features help you understand where students have concerns and can help you redesign your course for the next semester.
Accessibility is a major concern when moving course content online. Use this service to capture in-class sign language translators so that students with a hearing impairment can still use the courses online content. Students will see the slides or other course content while also seeing a video window of sign language translators.
Flip The Classroom
Use Personal Capture to record lectures, upload them before class and require students to view before arriving. This allows time during class to work problems together, review concepts and apply learned material from the lecture.
Changing small details in a lecture allows for the creation of “learning modules.” For example, removing date specific material from a lecture allows for that lecture to be used multiple times in future courses. Record all lectures in this way and at the end of the semester you will have a set of lectures that can be used over and over again.
Online and Hybrid Courses
Record lectures via Personal Capture or re-use “learning module” lectures that have already been created to enhance an online or hybrid course. The KU Center for Online and Distance Learning (CODL) can help you with an overall instructional design for your online or hybrid course and how best to incorporate captured lecture materials for the online and distance learner. Contact CODL at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-1000.
Live Stream Courses
If you are teaching in a classroom where an Echo360 SafeCapture HD » appliance is installed, you can live-stream your courses for students or others to view in real time. Live stream recording must be scheduled by completing the Lecture Capture Request Form. Notify support staff if you need to live stream when your schedule your recording. If your classroom does not have an Echo360 SafeCapture HD appliance, you can use another service to live stream. See Schedule Live Streaming Event for more information.
Create Pre-class Videos
Use Personal Capture (See "Using Personal Capture" below) to create short 5 - 10 minutes videos for students to view before class. Record an introduction to your course and post it to Blackboard, introducing your students to the syllabus and other topics that will be discussed during the course. This is a great way to provide quick update for students or introduce them to ideas that will be discussed in a future class.
Some classrooms are equipped with Echo360 SafeCapture HD » appliances, but most will have Classroom Capture software installed on the classroom computer. Classrooms that have Classroom Capture installed will also have cameras with built-in microphones to enable you to capture your classroom lecture. You can complete the Lecture Capture Request Form ahead of time or create a recording in an ad hoc fashion. Submitting your request ahead of time will save you time in the classroom.
Get Started with Classroom Capture
Request an Account:
To create an account, and schedule a recording, complete the KU Lecture Capture Request Form. After you complete this form, IT support staff will contact you for a brief consultation.
As you are setting up in the classroom, make sure the computer is on and you are logged in for both previously scheduled recordings and ad hoc recordings.
Setting Up Lecture Capture for the Entire Semester
To ensure availability of a Lecture Capture classroom, and to avoid delays in getting lectures posted to Blackboard, we recommend that you schedule your Lecture Capture as early as possible – at least one month prior to the start of the term. Here are the steps to schedule recordings for the entire semester:
If you want to automatically publish captured videos to Blackboard, please provide the following information:
- The 5-digit CRN of the course you would like to record.
- The Course ID for the Blackboard course you would like the links to be posted to. If you want the lecture posted in more than one course, or you have a multi-section Blackboard course, be sure to specify.
- To locate the Course ID for your Blackboard course, go to the Blackboard course and click on Files in the Control Panel. The Course ID will appear underneath.
Once you have booked your classroom and scheduled your recordings, you are all set – just show up and hold class as usual. Your class will be recorded at the scheduled time and will be posted in Blackboard automatically. You will receive an email notification when the link has been posted.
If you need to cancel class, contact the IT Lecture Capture Coordinator at email@example.com or Media Production Studio at 785-864-6452 to cancel the recording for the day.
Setting Up a One-time Recording
In addition to recording your regular classes, you can also schedule one-time recordings, such as for another section you will miss or to record special class sessions (e.g., guest speakers, class presentations, etc.). Instructors can also schedule a practice recording session so they can see how the room is set up and how lectures will look for students. To schedule a practice session, contact the support staff for your classroom location.
Record Your Lecture
Previously Scheduled Recordings:
- The classroom computer must be on
- You must log in with your KU Online ID
- The recording will start and end automatically at the time requested
Ad Hoc Recordings:
When using Classroom Capture (on a podium based PC) to capture lectures, you can control various aspects of the capture through the Classroom Capture dialog box in the Windows 7 system tray. To open this dialog box, click on the Echo icon in the system tray. Normally you will not need to make any adjustments to a scheduled classroom capture, but the Classroom Capture dialog box allows you to:
Share Your Lecture
There are two ways to publish your lectures and share them with students and colleagues:
Publish to email and EchoCenter:
This option allows anyone who has the web address for your videos to view them. This method is great for streaming videos on a website or sharing your videos with colleagues outside of KU.
Publish your lectures to Blackboard:
This method requires the viewer to log in to Blackboard before they can view your lectures. This method restricts viewing to those students who are enrolled in your Blackboard course and also allows for the collection of more detailed viewing statistics for your lecture videos. Enables video heat-mapping, unique video view counts and more.
The method of publishing you prefer will be set up during your initial consultation with the IT Lecture Capture Coordinator or local Lecture Capture administrator. If you have questions about publishing and sharing your lecture videos contact the support staff for the location where you will be recording (see "Lecture Capture Help below).
Personal Capture gives you the freedom to create and edit customized instructional content whenever and wherever inspiration strikes. You can use Personal Capture to record lectures, upload them before class and require students to view before arriving. This allows time during class to work problems together, review concepts and apply learned material from the lecture. If you know students are struggling with a specific concept, you can create a short explanatory video to help them master the concept.
Installing Personal Capture
Installing Personal Capture on a KU-owned Computer:
If you are using a university-owned computer, contact your departmental technology support staff to assist you with the installation.
Installing Personal Capture on Your Personal Computer:
- Contact the Media Production Studio at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-864-6452 for guidance.