Recorded lectures help ‘disaster-proof’ instruction at JMU


Here are three reasons why JMU invested in lecture capture technology and chose to provide video lectures for its students:

1. It helps students keep pace with coursework.

“We recommended that faculty record lectures in anticipation of a flu outbreak,” said Sarah Cheverton, director of the Center for Instructional Technology at JMU. “Because Camtasia Relay had already proven to be a valuable resource for distance and blended courses, it just seemed like the logical choice for faculty facing the possible need to provide asynchronous lectures online.”

2. It’s easy for faculty to grasp.

“I suppose you could say I provided technology support for the flu and weather-proofing effort, but there was very little required,” said Grover Saunders, web media design engineer for JMU’s Center for Instructional Technology. “I created Camtasia Relay accounts for faculty who wanted to record lectures and set up some pages in our CIT website for our staff to organize the support material.”

Saunders said JMU’s faculty found the program accessible and easy to use.

“There was very little follow-up support required,” he said.

Cheverton added: “We’ve received positive feedback from those who use it, primarily because it’s so easy to use.”

3. “Flipped learning” works to everyone’s advantage.

“Instead of making up classes on a Saturday, I recorded a lecture for my students to watch online at their convenience,” said Kevin Caran, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. “Their job is to watch and take notes on the video prior to coming to the next class, so that they are ready for the subsequent material.”

Caran said he was curious about how students viewed his “flipped learning” methods, so he decided to ask them himself.

“I did an informal eMail poll of my students to ask them for their feedback on watching the online lectures,” he said. “The majority were very positive.”

For more information about JMU’s efforts to disaster-proof instruction, click here.