Lecture capture helps transform teaching and learning

Issued 6 June 2011

Creative use of recorded lectures and other teaching sessions is transforming teaching and learning in many universities and colleges which have adopted a range of techniques going under the name “Lecture Capture”.

Modern lecture capture is a far cry from the early days of static filming of teaching sessions and is proving a powerful tool in many areas, from the enhancement of student learning – through the use of audio and video recordings – to the development of more effective staff development.

Latest progress in the field and the issues arising will be scrutinised by the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) at a one-day event in London aimed at helping people get to grips with the human, organisational, pedagogic, quality and technical challenges of doing lecture capture well and at scale.

Once viewed with caution as a potentially intrusive intervention that might cramp teachers’ style, lecture capture is now proving its worth for teachers and learners alike in many contexts. Demonstrations of numerous recent advances will be given by a range of institutions from the LSE, to the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy, to Queen Mary University of London, where the event takes place on Thursday June 16th.

At the LSE, what started at as an ad hoc response to a request from a single lecturer to record some “optional” maths lectures developed into a campus-wide automated recording system, which some students now regard as 'mission-critical' and essential for success. Meanwhile, at Queen Mary University of London, an unexpected outcome of wide-scale “lecture capture” was identification of gaps in provision and practice which can now be constructively addressed.

Eoin McDonnell, senior learning technologist at Queen Mary, University of London, who will give a presentation at the event, says:“We've learned lessons about the technology, about the law, and about how people feel when a camera appears in a space hitherto sacrosanct.”

Seb Schmoller, ALT Chief Executive said: “This event brings together people at the sharp end of lecture capture – that is, teachers, the learning technology staff whose job it is to configure and deploy lecture capture systems, the managers who decide what tools and systems to use, and the vendors and others who develop these systems. Throughout the event they’ll be sharing experiences and knowhow; the upshot of this will be long term improvements in the quality of teaching and learning.”

The event, “Lecture capture - doing it well and at scale”, is at Queen Mary, University of London, on Thursday June 16, 10.30-16.00. For further information go to the event web site. For media passes contact Seb Schmoller, Chief Executive of ALT (seb.schmoller@alt.ac.uk / 07753324503).


Notes to Editors

About ALT

1) ALT (the Association for Learning Technology) is a professional and scholarly association which brings together those with an interest in the use of learning technology.

2) Well over 700 individuals belong to ALT, as do over 200 universities, colleges, other learning providers, Government Agencies, and businesses. Sponsoring members include:

Adobe Systems Europe Ltd | BIS | Blackboard Learn | Blackboard Collaborate | BTL | Desire2Learn | Epigeum Ltd | Google | HEFCE | JANET(UK) | JISC | LSIS | Microsoft | The National College | Panopto | Pearson | Scottish Qualifications Authority | SFA | Talis | The Higher Education Academy | The Positive Internet Company | Sonic Foundry – Mediasite | Techsmith | Toshiba Information Systems (UK) Ltd | Tribal Education Ltd | Ufi | Welsh Assembly Government

Association for Learning Technology, Gipsy Lane, Headington, Oxford, OX3 0BP Tel: +44 (0)1865 484 125; Fax: +44 (0)1865 484 165;  Email: admin@alt.ac.uk; URL: http://www.alt.ac.uk/

ALT is a Registered Charity in the UK, number: 1063519

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