The University of San Francisco: Information Technology Services
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Lecture Capture

Lecture capture technology allows instructors to create audio/video recordings of classroom lectures or presentations. With lecture capture, instructors can record their presentations (both audio and video), including any material that gets projected onto the classroom's screen.

Seventeen USF classrooms are currently equipped to automatically record lectures. The 17 classrooms include a video camera, microphones, and a lecture capture system from Echo360.

These rooms include:

  • LCSI G12, 103, 209, 210, 303
  • CIT 010
  • Cowell 312
  • ED 201
  • Harney 127
  • LM 244A
  • Malloy Hall LL4
  • Gleeson Library's Electronic Classroom
  • Downtown Campus 451, 452, 453, 527 & 529

Some of the benefits of lecture capture technology include:

Lecture capture technology supports student learning by providing students with an opportunity to review in-class lectures, presentations, and questions.

How can lecture capture be used in the classroom?

Echo360The purpose of the additional technology is to provide interested faculty with the ability to automatically record their classroom lectures. The Echo360 system is designed to automate the recording and delivery process of classroom video and audio recording. Within several hours after the recording, links to the lecture can be made available to students via emailed hyperlinks.

USF uses Echo360 (http://www.echo360.com) as its lecture capture system. With Echo360, instructors can automatically record their class lectures and presentations without any start or stop buttons.

How can lecture capture be used on a laptop?

Instructors can also request to use ECHO Personal Capture, which records presentations through software on the presenter's computer rather than through classroom technology. This allows an instructor to create presentations anywhere and at any time, and publish them as web links. The system automatically records what is shown on the screen, and requires a built-in microphone or headset for the audio recording and a webcam if the instructor would like to include a video (optional). This service is now available as a site license for all faculty, staff and students.  Please contact cit@usfca.edu for further information.

Where do the captures go?

After the class session ends and the recording stops, the recording is uploaded and compressed for web streaming. When the processing is complete, an email is sent to the instructor with links to the recordings. All of this happens behind the scenes, without any additional work on the part of the instructor.

The finished recordings are viewable on both Mac and PC platforms.

What are the benefits of using lecture capture?

  • Lecture capture can contribute to improved comprehension. Particularly for classes that cover a large amount of difficult or technical material, the ability for students to return to a recording of a particular class and review exactly what was said can be invaluable.
  • Use of lecture capture can increase student participation. If students know they can review the material after class, they will be less focused on taking notes and more engaged in the course.
  • Students can easily record presentations in class and make them available for their classmates to critique and review.
  • Recordings of guest speakers and presenters can be made and used for subsequent courses.

How can I request to use it for my class? Complete an online request form.

http://itsreservations.usfca.edu and select from the Echo360 Lecture Capture section. 

If you are interested in learning more about lecture capture, please contact cit@usfca.edu.

Resources:

http://www.lecturecapture.com/ Join the lecture capture community by joining discussions, accessing resources, and learn more about the possibilities with lecture capture technology.