A post by Rachel Doyle, Marketing Manager at Panopto Europe.
Is recording lectures becoming the most important ‘must-have’ in higher education, or does the practice of lecture capture pose too many technical and pedagogical challenges?
As part of my work I help organise user workshops that bring together professionals from Learning Technology and AV to faculty experts across a wide range of institutions in the UK and Europe. The best thing about these user days is that they bring together users, would-be users, experts and novices in the field of classroom capture to provide a forum for animated get-togethers that allow participants to delve deep into real usability issues. The resulting outcomes of these lively discussions provide helpful insights into the pros and cons of this blended learning solution.
Below I’ve summarised some of the biggest take-aways from these workshops that expose the advantages and disadvantages of lecture capture.
Whilst there is still a fair amount of fear and scepticism surrounding lecture capture, those who use it effectively cite the following advantages as reasons to come on board with it:
Panopto user days provide the perfect forum for voicing and confronting the recurring fears and apprehensions associated with recording lectures. Through our discussions we’ve learned that there are some obstacles standing in the way of better adoption of lecture capture throughout entire campuses. These are typically issues surrounding staff perceptions, pedagogic questions, the technology itself and the institutional barriers to the adoption and usage of lecture capture. Recurring concerns include the following:
Concerns about how difficult it is to coordinate usage of the software and roll out to departments pops up all the time. In general universities that succeed in instilling a “change in culture” have identified ‘department champions”, people who are of the same species as those who struggle to adopt the practice. Usually this person is pragmatic and understands the issues the “strugglers” are confronting and can offer practical help to overcome the problems.
No matter who I talk to at these user days, every participant has their experience of their opinion on the value of recording lectures in teaching and learning. The views vary according to profession from technical, faculty, AV, recruitment and IT. But one thing most people tend to agree on: students love lecture capture!
We’ve written a comprehensive e-book to help you experiment with and better utilize lecture capture throughout campus. We walk through a number of considerations for recording setups, provided detail diagrams for many common lecture capture setups, and even recommend the best equipment for the job.
Download the E-book: How To Set Up Any Room For Lecture Capture