Lecture capture remains popular despite controversy, lack of funding

Ten percent of college students said they watched lecture videos more than six times.

Lecture capture technology is thriving in higher education, even after cuts in campus technology budgets and a national political dustup that led at least one university to put severe limitations on how lecture-recording technology could be used.

Campus-based and cloud-based lecture capture systems improved students’ grades, efficiency, and course satisfaction, according to a national survey conducted by Tegrity, maker of a lecture-recording technology known as Tegrity Campus.

The overwhelmingly positive survey results come a year after a conservative media mogul posted lecture-capture video of University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) faculty member advocating violence as a legitimate tool in labor union negotiations. The video, later deemed “highly distorted” by UMKC officials, drew national attention and scorn from a range of conservative media outlets.…Read More

Colleges seek cash for educational technology as budgets shrink

Thirty-five percent of college students said lecture capture technology has improved their grades.

Thirteen states are set to drop higher-education funding by double digits in 2012, the federal stimulus has run out, and student enrollment continues its uptick, forcing colleges and universities to find financially creative ways to fund pricey educational technology such as campus lecture capture systems.

By reclassifying lecture capture technology in a bid for federal money and dispersing the cost of lecture capture systems over several parts of a campus budget, educational technology leaders from colleges large and small are engaged in a kind of budgetary gymnastics to keep lecture capture systems that have proven popular among most students.

The budget-conscious ways to maintain—and even expand—lecture capture systems were detailed in a report published recently by the Center for Digital Education and Tegrity, a company that makes lecture capture technology.…Read More

Smart phones driving lecture capture growth

Eighty-five percent of students say using lecture capture made studying 'somewhat or much more effective than normal.'

Viewing replays of a professor’s lecture anytime, anywhere on a smart phone has ballooned lecture capture use in higher education, as recent surveys show the technology remains popular on campus.

Watching and re-watching lectures online has long been among college students’ favorite educational technology, and making those recorded class sessions available via smart phone has led to a jump in lecture views, according to research from Tegrity, a leading maker of lecture-capture systems.

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Lecture capture used to proctor exams in higher education

Monitoring test takers with lecture-capture technology can save campuses money.

Valerie DeVoss knows what test cheating sounds like: Tapping on a smart phone, the rustling of unseen papers, and barely audible whispering – all tipoffs that can be recorded by lecture capture systems used to proctor exams for online students.

Devoss, nursing instructor at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Wyoming, said the campus’s switch to equipment traditionally used for recording professors’ lectures has helped educators there more closely monitor students who take quizzes and tests online, by themselves.

Colleges and universities have long used pricey technology to keep an electronic eye on online students. Eye and fingerprint scanners, along with expensive cameras are among the most common tech tools for proctoring web-based tests.…Read More