Why use Capture Technologies?

Capture technologies are becoming widerspread in UK Higher Education Institutions with many universities choosing to capture all lectures and teaching sessions so that they can be played back by their students. However, ‘Lecture Capture’ is just one of a multitude of ways that capture technologies can be used to support teaching and learning. As a direct result of our evaluation of the pilot project, the University of Wolverhampton are advocating an approach where capture technologies are used to add real value to student learning and increase engagement - not simply for creating an archive of captured lectures. 

Headline pilot findings

As part of our evaluation we conducted a post-pilot evaluation survey with students and staff. Below are some of the headline findings. Further details including quotes from staff and students about their experiences with capture technologies can be found in the Evaluation Survey Summary

What Students Say

  • Students found all types of captured materials useful
  • They adapt the way they use materials depending on their learning need
  • They value the flexibility and playback control offered by captured materials
  • They claim better concentration, improved understanding, and increased confidence
  • 100% of students want to see the University continue with capture technologies

What Staff Say

  • Staff  tell us that the capture system is easy to use
  • They would like to make more use of the technology in the future
  • Time is the main barrier to greater engagement but it may ultimately save them time in the future
  • Having capture software available on personal computers and devices is most important for future academic practice
  • Staff reported greater levels of engagement from students who were more prepared for practical sessions

When to use capture

Studies have shown that captured content has the most positive impact on student learning when  it is deliberately incorporated into an overall educational approach (Marchand et al, 2014). At the university of Wolverhampton we have also seen higher levels of student engagement (viewing) with captured materials that have a specific purpose and/or are associated with other learning tasks such as assessment or practical sessions. Some of the ways you might incorporate capture technologies into your educational approach are suggested below:

  • Capturing live events e.g. lectures or classes for use as tools for reinforcement or revision. This can be particularly useful for students with additional responsibilities or are studying part time alongside full time students.
  • Capturing demonstrations of skills, techniques or processes to be viewed by students in preparation for practical sessions
  • Capturing information delivery to be viewed by students in preparation for on-campus activities such as group discussions or activities (Flipped Classroom)
  • Capturing of video materials to support online and distance learning or transnational education.
  • Capturing relevant materials off-campus to use on-campus such as field work or examples from employers.
  • Providing supplementary learning materials to enhance the standard curriculum or support extended learning opportunities such as short clips commenting on relevant news stories.
  • Student-created recordings
  • Unpacking assessment briefs where the academic takes questions about the assessment brief from students anonymously and then records a response for the whole cohort
  • Delivering video feedback to groups or individuals

Benefits for Students

  • Can provide opportunities for students to view captured content at their own pace in a location that suits them.
  • Students can fast forward and rewind captured content. This is particularly useful for students for whom English is a second language or students with dyslexia.
  • Can provide opportunities for students to attend lectures remotely or catch up on any lectures they may have missed, which may have particular impact on the success of part time students.
  • Students can use captured content as an aid to revision
  • Students can search for content relevant to their learning needs or interests – Panopto will search text in slides, the spoken word and hand written words accross the entire caralogue or within individual pieces of content. 

Benefits for Staff

  • Easily share captured content with your intended audience – this might be students, university staff, external examiners, other partners or the general public
  • Make the most of face-to-face time with students by using pre-recorded captured content for information delivery and using time on campus for more active learning
  • Coordinate curriculum materials with other staff to ensure equitable experience for courses with multiple iterations
  • Help to improve student satisfaction by providing additional resources
  • Reduce the need for repetition by recording and/or live streaming sessions that would otherwise  be run multiple times
  • Save time by pre-recording information that can be reused for multiple groups/cohorts