by Mary J. Miller, Director of Product Marketing, LifeSize
HD streaming, recording and auto-publishing is one of the most innovative tools in the video conferencing industry. Seeing someone face to face far exceeds an audio call or email, but being able to record that call for later viewing or stream it to thousands of participants truly takes this technology to new heights. In this series, we will examine the most common applications for HD video streaming and recording.
Lecture capture is one of the most prevalent buzzwords in education today. Basically, “lecture capture” is an umbrella term that describes a technology that can record what happens in a classroom and provide it to students in a digital format. This goes far beyond setting up a camera and recording a teacher in front of a classroom. It includes data sharing (swapping your camera to a PowerPoint presentation or website on your PC or Mac), document cameras (where teachers can show manipulatives or documents on a “doc cam”) and multi-site interactivity between various classrooms, whether you are connecting two classrooms or over 40 locations.
However, simply recording these elements is not enough; they must be instantly available for viewing on an easily-accessible website. This is where the “auto–publishing” feature comes into play. As soon as the lecture is over, the technology should publish immediately to a school’s own “You-Tube” channel, ready to be viewed or downloaded by any student, instantly. This technology is only available on LifeSize Video Center, the industry’s most powerful one-button HD streaming, recording and auto-publishing solution on the market today.
Lecture capture can be used in almost any grade level, from K-12 to higher education. The technology is perfect if a child is absent and needs to catch up on schoolwork or wants to review content before an exam. It is also beneficial for students who live in a rural community and want to attend a class that is not provided in their hometown, such as a foreign language class or other specialized subjects. For universities that are looking to provide distance learning, lecture capture is especially useful since students are often adults with families and full-time careers.
Some individuals have criticized lecture capture and believe that it takes away from the educational experience. However, HD video conferencing is so realistic and true to life, we think there is no difference between sitting in a classroom and sitting in your home office. Though it is not intended to replace traditional instruction, lecture capture provides flexibility and new opportunities for distributed and residential students.
There have been a number of schools that have benefitted from this initiative, including a college prep school that trains future Winter Olympians, a university and collegiate charter school in Florida and a leading nursing program.
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