Lecture Capture

Brief Description: 

Lecture Capture involves the recording of classroom activities or special events using specific software and making that recording available electronically. The recording is someimes referred to as a podcast or a screencast, and may be audio-only or include video of the lecture. Some software synchronizes lecture slides for viewing alongside the relecant sections of audio and/or video recordings of the instructor. Depending on the software used for recording, sudents may be able to speed up or slow down lectures, pause the playback, and move forward or backward in the presentation.

Possible Instructional Uses: 
  • Allowing students to reiew content that they found difficult to understand during lecture.
  • Creating recordings to be used for future students to prepare for class.
  • Archiving lectures and classroom activities for course planning.
  • Alternative for students who miss class.
  • Interdisciplinary courses can include lectures from other departments.
Some Available Platforms: 
  • Camtasia Relay
  • CaptureSpace
  • LSA BlueReview
  • College of Engineering Lecture Capture System
  • Mediasite
  • Podcast Recordings
  • iTunesU
  • Classroom Recording Services

Tips for Using Lecture Capture Tools

Before you start...

  • Make sure that you have clear goals for podcasting lectures and the time to prepare them consistently throughout the entire semester (if required).
  • If you don't teach in a room with an automated lecture capture system, make sure that you have adequate and continuing technology support as well as a dedicated place to host the completed videos.
  • Make sure you are aware of and follow all relevant copyright policies regarding podcasts (e.g. acquiring copyright clearance for materials and release forms from students if their questions and answers will be recorded and the podcasts will be shared beyond the current semester's classroom).

If using Camtasia Studio or a different DIY lecture capture platform...

  • Make time to experiment with recording quality. Poor sound quality may prevent students from using the resource.
  • Make podcasts available as soon as possible after a lecture, because most students download podcasts within a few days of a given lecture (or immediatly prior to an exam).

In the classroom...

  • If you required students to listen to podcasts before lecture, provide them with content-related questions or other learning activities.
  • Use class time for interactive discussion, student-centered learning activities, or demonstrations to complement and build on podcast content.
  • When appropriate, make reference to podcasts during lectures or when responding to students' questions so that students will be more likely to use them.
  • Provide students wtih a clear explanation of instructional goals and tecnhical requirements if podcasts are used for student projects or assignments.

Before making podcasts available...

  • Make sure that all of your students have access to and are comfortable using devices to download and play podcasts.
  • Make accessing and using podcasts easy and fast by providing detailed instructions for downloading and ensuring that the file format is compatible with common media-playing devices (e.g. MP3 players and iPods).


  • Draft an evaluation plan for your lecture capture project to investigate what did and did not work for you and your students.