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 what are real usability issues. The resulting outcomes of these lively discussions provide helpful insights into the pros and cons of this blended learning solution.
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:
The Panopto user days provide the perfect forum for voicing and confronting the recurring fears and apprehensions associated with recording lectures.
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:
Universities need to make it clear what the purpose of recording is and to consider giving lecturers ‘opt-in’ choices.
However, don’t allow your perceptions to be constrained by the term ‘lecture capture’ – there are lots of ways in which savvy users are recording classroom activities in a dynamic way and examples of innovation with lecture capture will be explored in a the forthcoming Panopto Essentials eBook series. Class room and lecture room case studies will include ways of creating bite-sized tutorials, student assessment feedback, student presentations, recruitment collateral. These will be based on genuine university practice.
Co-ordination between AV, IT and E-Learning requires careful management and it’s a good idea to phase roll-out and not over-subscribe.
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 success 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 it! What are the successes or issues you are having with recorded lectures and do you think these will help or hinder the widespread adoption of lecture capture in UK higher education?
Rachel Doyle, Marketing Manager at Panopto Europe