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February 2018

Key Points „ Lecture capture is an essential feature of higher education – students expect and demand it „ Universities have embraced the technology and initial fears regarding reduced attendance and lecturer job security have abated

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„ Partnerships between manufacturers have greatly extended the capability of systems „ Hardware and software solutions, and hybrid combinations, allow economic installation in all sizes of lecture room

Lecture capture has grown quickly to become a significant part of the student experience. Steve Montgomery looks at how the technology and the market have developed


oday’s students are intimately connected to the latest technology and gadgets and use them constantly. Their familiarity, combined with an innate and intuitive ability to control it, means that not only do they use video and audio communication for their own social communication but expect it to be present in all aspects of their lives. This expectation extends to the provision of learning services, particularly at higher levels; with the current high cost of educational services, prospective students demand sophisticated and effective use of technology at universities to elevate their education experience. They choose their university on a number of factors, with technology and modern teaching methodologies rating highly in that decision. Universities that fail to meet their expectations are ignored as students vote with their feet and select another establishment. The process of recording classes and other live sessions, generally referred to as lecture capture, features highly on the lists of students’ criteria during that assessment. While still a relatively young technology compared with others in the

AV world, it has rapidly gained acceptance in the academic sector, proving its ability to aid the educational process and rapidly penetrating the industry. “The majority of lecture capture and streaming technology at colleges and universities is currently used to live stream classes online or to record classes that are posted and archived online for later student review,” explains Bryce

‘The student typically has a high level of engagement only when the audio and video that is captured is of a high and constant quality’ Robert de Jong, Vaddio

Button, AJA’s director of product marketing. “College research departments are also increasingly embracing the technology to share live research projects with colleagues across the globe. Furthermore it can be used to stream live video demonstrations, as seen with Macquarie

University’s Surgical Skills Lab [see picture overleaf], to distribute surgical procedures and demonstrations.”

Fears abated Early reticence to deploy and use lecture capture systems has largely abated. Fears that students would skip lectures if there were to be a recording available online later, and lecturers’ concerns over job security once their classes had been recorded, were generally unfounded. Instead the system has stimulated new methods of teaching, including that of ‘flipping’, in which students are required to watch a pre-recorded version of the lecture prior to attending the live presentation. This allows them to concentrate on the delivered speech rather than on note-taking, and has greatly improved understanding. Lecture capture systems are often used in preparing the recordings to be used in lecture flipping. Phil Waterhouse, business development manager for education at Crestron UK, believes: “The market is becoming mature, not necessarily in terms of current installations but certainly with the numbers of universities that

Installation February 2018 Digital Edition  

AV integration in a networked world

Installation February 2018 Digital Edition  

AV integration in a networked world