Technology and Learning Conference: Part IV


Jim DiLellio and Bob McQuaid of the Graziadio School of Business and Management presented at the 2013 Technology and Learning Conference on the topic of “Lecture Capture and Distribution in a Synchronous and Asynchronous Learning Environment”.

What is Lecture Capture:

Lecture Capture is a tool that is used to record audio and/or video to be played back at a later time. The tool records the multimedia during a course lecture. A professor can  record their lecture ahead of class time, also known as asynchronous, privately using their office or home computer. Alternatively, a professor can choose to record their lecture in “live time” or synchronously, with their students present in the class. Both ways have benefits and cons. For instance, recording a lecture asynchronous means there’s little to no ambient noise from the class attendees. However, this also means the Professor may have to conduct their lesson twice: once for recording purposes, and then again for the in-person class session, unless they are conducting a Flipped Classroom Model (blog to come). Recording a lecture synchronously results in a recording that feels like the listener was present in the actual class. They hear their classmates ask questions and receive answers. However, the audio quality of the recorded synchronous lecture may be wanting because of the additional ambient noise.

How Lecture Capture Works:

Once a professor records their lecture and edits it (optional). They can disseminate the file (typically a URL or MP4 file) to their students in several ways. They can add the file to the University online course environment, such as Sakai or TWEN. Alternatively, they can add the file as an attachment using Pepperdine University’s Secure Attachment Server. Another way for the recorded lecture to be shared is by uploading the MP4 file to media server sites such as  iTunes University and YouTube or through cloud sharing applications such as GoogleDrive or Dropbox.

The students then have access to the recorded lecture to save on their hard drive (remote computer) for later viewing or view immediately via a Web application. Students can view the recording as many times as needed.

Why Use Lecture Capture:

Lecture Capture is used for several reasons. If a student misses a class session, lecture capture gives them an opportunity to obtain the missed lecture material. Reasons for class absence include observance of religious holidays or serious medical or family emergency reasons.

But Lecture Capture is not only used for absences, it can be used by students who have attended the class session. Students can use the recorded lecture to better understand difficult concepts, thus aiding in retention. They can also use the recorded lectures as study aids for review.

Lecture Capture Tools: There are many different Lecture Capture Tools available for purpose. At the time this blog was published, Pepperdine University School of Law supported Panopto. Similar software based tools include Camtasia, Camtasia Relay, Wimba, and BlackBoard Connect. Hardware appliances for Lecture Capture include Echo360, Tegrity, and Vbrick.

Where to Get Assistance:

If you are a professor interested in using Lecture Capture, please contact the School of Law Information Services Department at for help and more information.

Campus Technology recently posted an article about Lecture Capture. You can read the article by Michael David Leiboff here.

More to Come

We look forward to sharing more from the conference in the coming weeks and look forward to future conferences. In 2011 at the last conference we were privileged to have one of our own professors (our own Greg McNeal) give a compelling presentation on Turning Technologies ResponseCards (Classroom Clickers). We encourage all the faculty to consider attending and presenting at future conferences; let us know how we can support you if you are interested.