How MOOCs are evolving with video technology


T.E. Schlesinger, Schramm Professor and Head of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, proposes a different approach: “Rather than offering a separate ‘online’ experience, we will offer a first-class educational experience that, as a consequence of the technology being employed, eliminates geographical boundaries in terms of student participation.”

The technology that Schlesinger references – lecture capture – is already in use across several thousand universities worldwide, and could provide a straightforward answer to MOOCing at scale.

As with MOOCs, video is the central component of lecture capture solutions. Today, institutions like Carnegie Mellon, Duke, Newcastle, and others are using lecture capture to record tens of thousands of hours of lecture content per semester.

A school the size of University of Pennsylvania could use lecture capture software to record every lecture in every course across its entire campus, effectively creating the foundation for any MOOC course it decides to offer – at a fraction of the cost of outsourcing professional video production.