According to the State of the Video in Education 2018 report, lecture capture usage has increased by 21-percent in the last two years—the biggest gain in video use in higher education. The report also indicates that 88-percent of colleges either already use it or intend to use it in the future.
Benefits Beat Out Drawbacks
While lecture capture is now commonplace on college campuses, it’s drawbacks have been a concern for instructors. Decreased attendance is often an argument, but while a recent study conducted at the University of Leeds indicates that attendance does drop from 85.7-percent for lectures that were not recorded to 81-percent for lectures that were, it also found that students were making significant use of lecture recordings. Note taking, clarification and assessment preparations were among the top reasons for utilizing captured lectures. Additionally, approximately 75-percent of student participants reported watching recorded lectures often for help when writing assignments.
Lecture Capture is Here to Stay
With increases in remote learning—70.7-percent of all public degree-granting institutions now offer some distance learning courses—and the demand of students to be able to access technology to learn, lecture capture doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. The trend is clear and institutions everywhere are now planning for the future to make lecture capture a permanent part of their campuses, if they aren’t already.
Ease of Use for Everyone is Key
Instructors want to be able to tap a button and record without the need to set up any technology. This ensures that they won’t lose precious class time meddling with cables or settings and will ensure that the lecture is captured effectively every time. While students want to be able to quickly access and view a lecture on a mobile no matter where they are.
Increased Methods of Learning
There are many iterations of learning such as offsite learning and the flipped classroom approach that employ lecture capture. Utilizing recorded lectures to enhance learning with more innovative approaches will engage more students as well as provide more assistance to those that need it. For example, closed captioning for students with hearing impairments.
Lecture Capture Trends
AVoverIP adoption provides simpler cabling to enable more scalable solutions at less cost. This should be a consideration in future planning and should start to become a trend in the near future as institutions realize the benefits. AutoTracking cameras also provide cost savings requiring less manpower to operate and better quality lecture capture and therefore will start becoming more common in college classrooms.