Three Common Challenges to Lecture Capture — And How To Address Them

Although lecture recording and blended learning programs have become increasingly commonplace in today’s schools and universities, some educators continue to encounter obstacles with this nascent practice.

Challenges to Lecture Capture - Panopto Video PlatformThe specific details of those challenges — installing lecture capture tools in a 95-year-old auditorium, or how to facilitate a blended learning experience for a foreign language curriculum, for instance — always vary from campus to campus.

Underlying these hurdles, however, is almost always one (or multiple) of three root concerns — technology implementation, classroom facilitation, and faculty acceptance.

Addressing these concerns — at any point while adopting lecture capture, whether you’re just getting started or going on 10 years with the technology — is key to ensuring educators are prepared to make the most of lecture capture, and that the system can really boost the student learning experience.

Here at Panopto, we regularly hear from teachers, learning technologists, and other school faculty asking for advice on how they can overcome some of the barriers they encounter when introducing lecture recording on their campuses. Here are three of the most common challenges to lecture capture, and what can be done to address them.

#1 | Technology Concerns: Ensuring That The System Can Be Used Successfully

Although most young people today, having grown up with smartphones and social media, are considered “digital natives,” many students have only had limited exposure to university-level learning technologies. And on the flip side, instructors that do not regularly use modern classroom technologies may be wary of learning complicated new digital tools, or introducing time-consuming new processes into their routines.

Therefore, it is critical that the lecture capture technology you implement must be easy to use and manage. Ideally, this means selecting a video platform that offers a broad range of user-friendly features that make video content creation, management, and viewing as simple as possible. Some features to look out for include:

  • Easy recording and webcasting: The less time that teachers spend on figuring out technology, the more time that can be devoted to engaging with students and in-class activities. Therefore, the process of recording lectures must be intuitive and user-friendly. Not only must recording course videos be nearly effortless, the video platform should be able to automatically upload the video, transcode the file into multiple streamable formats, and make it available for students to view on-demand as quickly as possible following the class session.
  • Support for mobile devices: With the proliferation of tablets and smartphones on campus, students are increasingly expecting to be able to access class content from their mobile devices. The video platform you choose must be able to support playback from any device, regardless of operating system or form factor.
  • LMS integration: Integration with the school’s existing Learning Management Systems (LMS) is important for hassle-free user management and a seamless video viewing experience. Industry-leading video platforms offer ready-made integration modules for LMSs such as Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Canvas, and Moodle, as well as Single Sign-On (SSO) support for all major identity systems.


#2 | Faculty Concerns: Addressing Worries About Lecture Recording and Class Attendance

Some teachers new to lecture capture have expressed concern that recording in-class lectures for students to access on-demand many lead to decreased classroom attendance. Fortunately, this is can be an easy concern to soothe.

Multiple studies have shown that the use of lecture capture does not have an impact on student attendance. In 2011, Winston-Salem University surveyed students on their experience with lecture capture. Of the students surveyed:

  • 86% indicated that recorded lectures had no impact on class attendance
  • Another 11% responded that their attendance increased in courses that offered lecture capture

Instructors that record their lectures should clearly communicate their expectations for class attendance and participation and, when possible, encourage student engagement through in-class exercises and discussion.

#3 | Classroom Concerns: Offering Blended Learning Support for Different Teaching Styles

One worry that we’ve heard from instructors new to lecture capture is that the medium may not support all styles of teaching — in particular, classes that incorporate interactive learning techniques such as group work or peer instruction.

With this concern, first, it’s important to note that lecture capture is designed to supplement, not replace, the in-class experience — giving students a valuable resource for revisiting difficult concepts or exam revision. Students have often reported that having access to recorded lectures enhances their learning experience and enables them to participate more fully during class time, since there is less pressure to take highly detailed notes.

Further, many instructors that use interactive teaching methods find they can turn the tables on lecture capture by using their classroom capture tools to record student exercises for evaluation and feedback. Today students in Business Communications classes at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business are using the Panopto lecture recording system to practice their presentation skills and identify areas for improvement. And Physician Assistant students at Butler University are using recordings of their interactions with standardized patients to elicit feedback from peers and their professors.

Try It Yourself
More than ever, students are expecting lecture capture at their schools and universities. If you’re interested in learning how easy it is to offer this resource to your students, contact our team for a demo or sign up for a free, full-featured 30-day trial of our software.

Published: August 26, 2014

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