This week we continue our research into the technology behind today's Lecture Capture systems.
Last week, I started a series of postsÂ focused on learning about theÂ lecture capture systems being used in education today, andÂ the technology that enables them. My first post looked at a few of the big players in today'sÂ market. This week I'mÂ trying to get more familiar with these systems by learning about some of the different features and functions available inÂ them, and looking more closely at some of vendors marketing materials and product showcases.Â Â Â
Today's LC systemsÂ have a wide varietyÂ of available featuresÂ and add-ons. IÂ listÂ some common features and functions below.Â IÂ thenÂ provideÂ a few links to someÂ vendor marketing materials and product info thatÂ I found gave me a little more perspectiveÂ on some of these applicationsÂ and how they work.Â Â Â
Features & Functions
Here are some ofÂ capabilitiesÂ of, and differentiating factorsÂ for, today'sÂ Lecture CaptureÂ systems.Â This listingÂ helps toÂ giveÂ aÂ sense of some of what these tools can beÂ capable of.Â Â Â Â Â
Integration with existing equipment: This can be a huge plus, and bring down the cost of putting these types of systems in place. If a lecture capture system can integrate with existing white boards, projectors, input devices like tablet PCs, and so on, the potential utilityÂ deliveredÂ through theÂ purchase of an LC application isÂ instantly increased.Â Â Â Â Â Â
Ease of Use: This is a big one from the perspective of the instructor! Is the system easy to use, or will instructors find it cumbersome and confusing?Â Â Â
Editing & Annotation: Can lecture content be edited? Is it possible to add annotations, such as visual elements (highlights, arrows, circles, etc.) or text notes, over or alongside the video playback?Â Â Â Â Â Â
Integration of supplemental materials:Â CanÂ electronic documents, such as PowerPoint slides, lecture note files, and other digital media, beÂ associated withÂ and delivered with lecture video/audio?Â Â Â Â
Polling, Surveys, Q&A: The ability to have polls, surveys, and Question & AnswerÂ sections associated with a lecture, which can be delivered and administered through the system, with results stored for access alongside lecture materials.Â Â Â Â Â Â
Integration with SIS and/or CMS/LMS: The ability for aÂ system to integrate with an institution'sÂ Student Information System,Â enablingÂ automation of some administrative functions, or the ability forÂ lectures to be easilyÂ incorporated into today's popular CMS and LMS Systems (Blackboard, Moodle, etc.).Â Â Â
Easily scalable expansion: More and more of theseÂ vendors are looking to provide solutions that can meet the needs of both small schoolsÂ and major universities, andÂ scale up fromÂ trial use to full blown implementation, positioning customersÂ toÂ get the most out of their investments by just adding additional functionality as needed.Â Â Â
Playback Controls: Can viewers speed up, slow down, or freeze playback?Â Can audio be downloadedÂ to a mobile device to listen to on-the-go?Â Â
Search-ability (Indexing):Â Can content be easily searched? Is it indexed to enable efficient searching?Â Are there other ways in which content can be organizedÂ for access?Â Â
A closer look at some LC systems
A fewÂ linksÂ a variety ofÂ resources that provide furtherÂ understanding of how some of these systems work, and hands-on access to someÂ captured lectures and associated materials.Â Â Â
- The “How It Works” Page from Echo360:Â Â This page has a great clickable “EchoSystem Work Flow” graphic that provides insight into functions of their system such asÂ scheduling, auto capture, auto package, and more.
- Tegrity Showcase Page: This showcase page from Tegrity provides access to a sampling of captured lecture materials (and some advanced Tegrity functions), providingÂ hands-onÂ access toÂ the lecture viewer's user experience (youÂ need a high speed connection for this to perform best).Â
- Here we have a quick “How To” video (about connecting and using a projector), created and hosted with Panopto. This gives a sense of what Panopto looks like from a viewer/users perspective.
- This 2 page case study overview provides some insight into how the Accordent system was used to provide Lecture Capture in some multimedia classrooms at the University of Northern Iowa. This implementation leveraged existing investments, and appeared provided very goodÂ ease of use forÂ instructors.
- This full videoÂ from SonicFoundry,Â makers ofÂ market leader ‘MediaSite', is quite long in its entirety (almost an hour), but has some good discussion (in the firstÂ few clips)Â of how a K-12 school district graduallyÂ learned and grew in theirÂ use of Lecture Capture. This shows how some regular, non-techie teachers picked this technology up and rolled with it and helped developed a nice lecture capture and delivery system.
Having nowÂ learned a bit more about how some of these systems work and what they can do, I realizeÂ that some vendors provide low cost of entry to systems that can scale up nicely. I am interested in knowing more aboutÂ this, andÂ I feel I still have a lot to learn about these systems in general.Â
Next week I think I will search out some more video clips and related materials that help me to better understandÂ the technology and techniques that enableÂ this great functionality. The week after that I'll wrap up this series with a look atÂ how to approach this with a limited budget.Â Â Â
Related Posts (if the above topic is of interest, you might want to check these out):
Learning about Lecture Capture Technology
A Dozen Great Free Online Video Lecture Sites
TeacherTube, and other YouTube alternatives for instructional use