what does lecture capture entail?

johnson51-hsl-0001-0This Educational Media innovation project will focus on identifying options for departments and colleges within the collegiate University wishing to record lectures at scale.  In order to meet existing demand from departments and schools that have requested such a service, the project will carry out a number of live trials, and make recommendations as to possible ways forward for a scaled and widespread use of this technology, if appropriate.

Automated lecture capture is a new and evolving technology that allows learners to review online within hours what they have been taught and provides an archive for exam preparation and revision. Oxford students have frequently requested this facility and departments are starting to request advice in this area.  We are going to figure out how to record lectures easily and put them in WebLearn for students to access. Project outputs will document authentic Oxford scenarios and lessons learned.

We always aim to offer Oxford lecturers technology which support the ways in which they wish to teach; and students technology which supports the way they wish to learn.
‘Lecture capture will set you free’

The project will be delivered primarily by the Educational Media and WebLearn teams in IT Services, working closely with a small number of departments and units in response to their articulated needs. It is already clear that the recording of lectures to support academic practice (teaching, learning, conferences and new tools for an enhanced student experience) is the clear focus.

johnson51-msa-0001-0As a result of this project IT services will be better able to respond, advise and support departments who wish to record their lectures and offer a more efficient service to support conferences and events. The project aims to produce recommendations for a possible future centrally supported lecture recording service.

Tales told in other places places* report that:

  • Students largely use recorded lectures to catch up on missed lectures and as a revision tool for exams and assessments, and often find recorded lectures to be a useful learning tool.
  • Students prefer blended teaching methods which incorporate both lecture recordings and live lectures, and often do not view recorded lectures as a replacement for attending live lectures

We will explore:

  •  Issues of access control and integration with the Oxford WebLearn VLE
  •  Privacy concerns, legal issues and best practice policy
  •  Innovative opportunities for students to create, use and manage lecture recordings
  • Learning analytics to better understand how students use recorded lectures for study and revision
  • ‘Conference capture’ – for day long or several day events
  • A support model for running a centralised service for departments
  • A review of the issues involved in using a cloud service for hosting private content

We will need your help. The  channels for recorded lectures will include WebLearn and other teaching platforms.   This requires the cooperation of Local WebLearn Coordinators in setting up WebLearn sites, where necessary, with appropriate student access. Local AV teams and IT teams will need to be involved and prepared to support the lecturers/presenters after initial setup and implementation. They may also need to provide equipment (e.g. cameras, microphones, computers) and network points, if these are not already in place.

The anticipated benefits of this project include:

  • Enhanced support for learning and teaching
  • Engagement with AV teams across the collegiate university to solve real problems
  • Economies of scale by repeating a known model
  • Consistent approaches across the University
  • Model for supporting students unable to access rooms due to disability
  • Improve the overall offering from IT Services of a set of combined services that collectively support academic practice


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