How MOOCs are evolving with video technology

Beyond cost savings, modern lecture capture systems offer functionality that enhances the MOOC experience for both students and instructors. This includes:

Inside-video search – Lecture capture solutions enable students to search inside lecture videos as easily as they search inside email and documents. This would allow students enrolled in a MOOC to find any word mentioned by the instructor or shown onscreen in a recorded lecture, and then instantly fast forward to that specific point in the video.

Digital notes and bookmarks – Many lecture capture solutions enable students to bookmark points during a lecture and take notes as they watch the video.  These bookmarks and notes are time-stamped and saved as part of the recording, enabling students to return to important points in the lecture at a future time.

Integrated quizzes and polls – MOOC providers often advocate the use of short lecture videos followed by quizzes or surveys to test understanding of a topic and drive student engagement. Some lecture capture solutions allow quizzes and polls to be embedded directly into the lecture recording itself, providing a more integrated experience for instructors to test knowledge of course material.

Live broadcast – Most lecture capture systems enable live broadcasting of HD video and screen capture. This would allow universities to offer some MOOC lectures as interactive live webcasts, in which students could submit questions in real-time to the instructor and their teaching assistants.

Flexible recording – Lecture capture systems are transitioning from the use of specialized AV hardware to software that runs on laptops and mobile devices. As a result, MOOC instructors could record full-length lectures or shorter mini-lectures and supplementary course material from their office, home, or in the field.

Improved viewing experience – Lecture capture systems automatically synchronize instructor video and slides during a lecture, and present them to students in a single interface that more accurately represents what students would see if they were in a classroom.

Some systems also offer the ability to record multiple streams of video simultaneously, enabling the capture and playback of complex lab demonstrations, medical simulations, etc.