Doing Lecture Capture Right

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Lecture capture has been receiving a lot of attention in the news this year, as colleges attempt to expand online and blended course offerings or make instruction to more students in remote locations. The impact on student learning of removing the 'face-to-face' dynamic remains a continuing concern for educators. A few institutions have recently made quite costly investments to compensate for this; Madison Area Technical College, for example, is provided synchronous lecture capture to students in remote classrooms by installing large, high definition screens in both classrooms -- effectively providing a life-size, two-way videoconference, visually fusing the two classrooms.

Most institutions, however, are taking a much less intensive approach to video capture, and a recent study by a professor of education and social policy at Northwestern University indicates that although video capture does not lag far behind live instruction, there is still a gap in student learning, particularly for Hispanic, male, and low-achieving students.

It's a Question of Quality

Not all approaches to lecture capture are equal. The key takeaway from the Northwestern University study is that it's critical to invest very thoughtfully in the quality of your video lectures. Providing high quality lecture capture is not as simple as just recording a professor's talk from the back of the room. You need to make smart investments in:

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