Thursday, 28 April 2011

Lecture Capture: More Info Needed?

Lecture capture is quite a hot topic in HE these days and we recently had a showcase event in Bloomsbury to look at how some of the BLE member colleges are making use of it as well as hear from other universities.

In Bloomsbury the technology which has been adopted for this (especially at the RVC and LSHTM) is Echo360 (formerly known as Apreso). Echo can record a video stream of the lecturer, another video stream of whatever is shown on the big screen (this is usually used to record the steady advance of PowerPoint slides on the teaching PC, but can also capture a feed from a visualiser or DVD player), plus the audio of the lecturer (provided they speak into the mic).

The event included an especially useful presentation from Graham McElearney of Sheffield University, who discussed the intimidating copyright and IPR issues and implications of lecture capture but also offered frameworks from which to develop sound institutional policies. For more info from the event click here (BLE login required).

Another event was recently held by JISC Legal and recordings can be accessed here:

Upcoming events

Echo360 are holding a conference at the LSE on the 25th of May - for more information see

A platform-agnostic ALT event entitled "Lecture Capture - doing it well and at scale" is coming up at QMUL on 16 June, and will be covering:

  • Case studies of successful implementation including from the Institute of Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy
  • Lecture recording in the sciences
  • AV issues when working at scale and solutions
  • Encouraging adoption
  • Pedagogic and learning design issues
  • Supporting teachers and students in their use of lecture capture
  • Institutional policies and obstacles
  • Lecture capture myths and misconceptions and how to tackle these
  • IPR/Copyright issues