Lecture capture wiki

Institutional Lecture capture tool/s and comments

Auckland University of Technology (NZ)

2013:  Mediasite and Bb Collaborate for web conferencing

At the moment we are only just out of the pilot phase for lecture recording. The main driver for our MediaSite pilot was to support some core Health papers with up to 1500 students across 3 campuses. This has been largely successful, despite the occasional technical hiccup. We have just three mobile recorders that are used wherever required, but there is a little extra budget available this year to perhaps install a couple of fixed recorders. The underlying objective is to encourage lecturers to use this to support a flipped classroom model, whereby they record pre-lecture content for viewing through our Blackboard system, but the main uptake to date is for streaming and recording live lectures. There is however increasing awareness of the value of the pre-lecture recordings, and we have a couple of small recording rooms where this can be done. The system is also increasingly used for recording higher profile events such as invited speakers, conferences and seminars.

Australian Catholic University

2013: Echo360

Echo360, and distributes the recordings automatically to units through the EchoCentre block in Moodle. ACU has been piloting two lecture capture software solutions for pre-recording lectures - Echo360 Personal Capture, and Adobe Presenter recordings hosted on Adobe Connect, to extend the interactivity of traditional lectures. These recordings, both of live and pre-recorded content, are not sanctioned through policy but rather as an opt-in for lecturers to provide material for both revision and equity purposes.

Australian National University

2013: In-house bespoke system

Currently reviewing situation with the look to replace this with a commercial offering (Echo360). Further, replacement will not necessarily be a like for like hardware/software replacement as the university is analysing its stance on lecture delivery.

Bond University

2013 Mediasite

In response to a recommendation in the 2012 Bond University Student Association Academic Audit, Bond University is increasing the number of teaching spaces equipped with lecture recording capability. It is a 2013 requirement that 80% of lectures conducted in teaching spaces equipped with video recorders are captured and streamed online for student review. ITS regularly sends an email with information about how to have one's lecture recorded. We have inserted a line in that email inviting people to the Office of Learning and Teaching for support in producing digital content alternatives to lecture streaming, such as creating and posting screencasts through Camtasia.

Central Queensland University

2013: Lecture capture using Cisco/Tanberg equipment. Camtasia for desktop capture.

We are using a number of tools for lecture capture as staff are at various stages on the flipped classroom journey.  Recorded lectures are converted into WMV and QuickTime format on streaming servers. A Cisco appliance does the transcoding. Camtasia for self produced talking head / PowerPoint style presentations and quick end-of-week and beginning-of-week "engagement" videos. Ad hoc reusable recordings of experiments, interviews and the like. Typically higher production quality due to their reusability, often the Video Producer is involved in this sort of work. Some people are looking at replacing lectures with tutorial style classes that are typically more interactive. Part of this process is to break down the didactic lecture into reusable chunks and provide these chunks online. Overall we have staff spread right along the continuum from traditional lectures to flipped classrooms entirely online. We are trying to get folks to move from their traditional mindsets (50 min face-to-face delivery) to see that they are not constrained by the time(table) or the lecture room. Definitely encouraging less 'lecturing' per se and more diverse video delivery. 

Charles Darwin University

2013: Bb Collaborate, mp3 recorders, video.

From the University perspective it is optional and the supported tools are the Blackboard based ones. At the School level it is mandated in some Schools and optional in others, and they provide their own tools. Resources and support are available from the central Office of Learning and Teaching on good practice (pedagogical and technical) in lecture recording. For pre/post-recording: Collaborate, Voice Tools, Camtasia Studio.

Charles Sturt University

2016: Echo360

At CSU we use Echo360. We have around 160 venues equipped to record lectures using a combination of recording technologies, with an uptake of around 50% of subjects being recorded. We have one faculty with an opt out policy on lecture recording (the faculty of business). All other faculties are opt in. Although we have seen continued growth every year in the number of subjects having lecture activities recorded, we have seen a larger growth in the number of subjects pre-recording content for their students and not recording in-class activities. This session we would estimate that 1/3 of subjects will use pre-recorded content.

2013: Echo360

Use is encouraged, and growing, especially as a resource for DE students. At present it is an opt-­‐in system for 2 faculties (not compulsory) and opt-out for 2 faculties (compulsory). Lectures must be scheduled for Arts and Education, but are automatically recorded for Business and Science. We use 5 types of recording methods: a) automatic recording on a scheduled basis via the Echo360 capture appliance (53 rooms); b) automatic recording on a scheduled basis via people and content from Interactive Video Teaching (40 rooms) c) 'podium capture' -­‐ software available on teaching space PC but has to be manually activated; (Available upon request in any room); d) 'personal capture' -­‐ software installed on staff PC's -­‐ this facility can also be made available to students; and e) external media ingest -­‐  upload pre-­‐recorded material to Echo system server. Outputs: Access to view, download, stream and RSS feeds are available via a link from subject/unit site in LMS and via iTunesU (Private -­‐ restricted to staff and students). In 2012, first year of major usage, over 200 subjects/units scheduled recordings across a semester. 360 subjects for 201330. There were 4000 recordings in total (2012)-­‐ using all 5 capture methods, and 165,000 views. Growth continues. There have been very high viewings in the 2 weeks prior to exams, indicating use for review.

Curtin University

2013: Echo360

Echo 360 (EchoSystem, Personal Capture, Interactive Live Webcasting etc.) Opt-out model in our 40 largest venues, 130 automated recording venues, 50 specialist multi-camera Manual Recording installations, 1500 hours of recordings per week, 22,000 recordings per year, 20%-30% of recordings made outside of automated lecture venues, thousands of student-generated recordings, 6% of recordings made by staff in their office using Echo360 Personal Capture software (PCAP).

Deakin University

2013: Echo360

We want to put more transmissible material in the cloud, but our position is that as long as we're giving lectures, we should be recording them all!

Edith Cowan 

2013: University Camtasia Relay for live capture, Camtasia Studio for desktop capture

Students want it, so we want it! We are busy fitting all learning spaces with computers to facilitate the use of lecture capture and we are seeing it grow rapidly. We get a lot of feedback from students, and they get grumpy when it is not available.

Federation University 

2013: BB Collaborate, mp3’s and Video

The recently established Learning Technology Advisory Group intends to investigate other options (such as Big Blue Button). We don't currently have any audio capture facilities. Some staff use MP3 recorders; some have used Video cameras to capture their classes. The Library has these to loan. CLIPP, our central academic support centre supports staff with video and audio conversions and provide general help. There are some other investigations going on with partner providers regarding harmonizing some of these technologies across the partners. Still early days

Flinders University

2016: Home grown solution and Camtasia for desktop

Flinders University has an in-house lecture capture system that records from 75 locations, including all major lecture theatres and larger classroom spaces (including in rural remote sites from Darwin to Southeastern Australia). Lecture capture is automated, and mandatory for all scheduled lectures, unless exemptions apply. All recorded lectures are automatically embedded and replayed through our online environment. We have just started rolling out Camtasia across all staff for desktop recording and video.

2013 Home grown solution

All lectures in our 50 major lectures are captured and automatically made available through links from our LMS after the lecture. Staff may get an exemption, but reasons are quite limited. Not all lectures are live streamed, but some are. 

Griffith University

2013: Echo360

Echo 360 is available in over 90 lecture rooms plus a selection of Seminar rooms, and is also available for personal desktop capture. An opt-out policy has just been approved: Lecturers may request approval to not use the automatic recording of lectures in the following circumstances: the lecturer will record the lectures using other supported methods and will make the lectures available to the students on the relevant course site; or the lecturer has strong and justifiable reason for not recording the lecture. Students are to be advised in the Course Profile whether or not lecture capture is to be used for a course. 

James Cook University

2013: Cisco Telepresance and Camtasia Relay

We are in the beginning the process of evaluating our existing infrastructure and processes, but at present we use the following Lecture capture tools: Cisco Telepresence content Server (JCU eLectures) - for capturing lectures in lecture theatres equipped with videoconferencing equipment - captures presenter and any connected AV source - manually processed (transcoding, editing, copyright metadata etc) - mobile compatible delivery profile - stored on local web server and delivered via progressive download - typically lecturers publish videos to their Blackboard subject sites via the University's current eReserve product (Concord Masterfile)  Camtasia Relay - for personal lecture capture, vodcasts, or mobile capture (via FUSE app) - can be used in any teaching room (eg. typically where videoconferencing infrastructure not available) and also available on all staff computers - captures computer screen, an audio source and webcam - presenter selects output profile and automatically uploaded, processed and hosted on local web server - users automatically notified via email with URL of the video and they add it themselves to their Blackboard site. University's general stance of lecture capture:  No official policy governing lecture capture or implications for privacy, IP etc. eLectures recorded by request (webform), not by default. eLectures must be processed through Reserve Online to capture copyright and publication metadata. Camtasia recordings are the responsibility of the individual lecturer. Video recordings are stored on the central media server, not uploaded to the LMS

La Trobe University

2016: Echo360

La Trobe also has Echo360, deployed to about 90+ venues across 5 campuses. Recordings are automagically scheduled according to information in the timetabling system. Recordings are not, however made available to students unless the lecturer sets up the link in MOODLE. But in all cases where students have asked for it, the link has materialised.

2013:  Echo360

"All-in" Every timetabled lecture in 88 equipped venues is recorded unless a case is made (and accepted) for not recording. A "Pause" and "Resume" button is provided to avoid recording copyright materials. If someone does not want their lecture, or series of lectures, recorded they need to apply to opt out of the system.  See http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/announcements/lecture-recordings-go-all-in-in-2013

Lincoln University

2013: Camtasia Relay. Symposium screens in the lecture theatres for annotation.

We have lecture recording equipment in all of our lecture theatres. Some lecturers also have Camtasia licenses on their desktops so they can record in their offices. Camtasia has been really easy for people to use so we have stayed with it. It records the screen and the audio. We have been using Camtasia for 4-5 years now. While encouraged, lecturers can choose whether they want to record lectures or not. We are reviewing our qualifications, and because of the earthquake, we are going to rebuild some of our lecture theatres. This is my guess for the future, the university will automatically record all lectures. 

Macquarie University

2013: Echo360

In 2012 we moved to an opt-out approach where we automatically record all timetabled lectures (excluding repeats).  Although all lectures are automatically recorded, the decision to publish the recordings to students through the LMS (Moodle) is up to the Unit Conveners. This aligns with the requirement under our  Learning Technologies policy which states Decisions about the technologies to be used for learning and teaching are vested with unit conveners in accordance with Faculty and Departmental arrangements (http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/learning_tech/policy.html).  In 2012 we captured about 33,000 hours of lecture from about 1,200 units. The majority of recordings are audio only although an increasing number provide powerpoint/audio synchronisation. Although there are no specific policies around the use of Lecture Recording, there are some best practice notes published at https://www.mq.edu.au/ltc/altc/wblt/index.htm that are based on an ALTC funded project.

Massey University

2016: My Mediasite (desktop)

At Massey we have just finished outfitting 23 spaces across our three campuses with lecture capture technology. A range of different sized spaces but caters in the main for larger class sizes starting at about 60-80 seaters. We have no plans to increase the number of rooms with this functionality, but we can move the boxes between different rooms as we have invested in outfitting more rooms with racks and inputs/outputs to accept the Mediasite recorders. We are also looking into ways in which we can record multiple rooms but have only one box. Recording is opt-in. Our timetabling people manipulate room bookings based on requests to have this functionality. We have seen significant growth in this space over the last two years as the number of rooms have increased. In this sense the growth is expected as more venues = more opportunity for people to record which in turn = more people using the functionality (for better or for worse). We also make desktop recording through myMediasite readily available to all staff and are looking at rolling this out to students as well. In addition, we have invested a lot in flexible recording studios on each of our campuses. These are generally used for more high-end production and are therefore sit at the top of the quality recording of teaching and learning experiences pyramid.  

2013: Mediasite 2013 

We do not use the term 'lecture capture'. Instead our focus is on Rich Media Learning and we have been using Mediasite for 5+ years with two main solutions: (i) fixed camera and automated recording capacity in several large learning spaces and (ii) portable box for on location recording according to demand. The Uni is about to embark on a major expansion of the current Mediasite service ($2.8m project) which will see capacity for rich media learning greatly enhanced across the Uni. We expect to equip another 25 learning spaces (many flat room spaces with mobile furniture rather than lecture theatres) along with a digital recording booth one each of our 3 campuses.

Monash University

2013: Echo360 2013

Monash University uses Echo360 products and over 1,000 recorded lectures a week, covering over 650 units are currently made available over the internet, and students download 50,000 lectures a week on average during semester. Lectures Online is managed by 3 staff.  Personal desktop capture is also available and the University is about to trial Lecture Tools to improve engagement and interactivity for pre-recorded lecture activities. Opt-in and opt-out are Faculty based options.

Murdoch University

2013: Echo360

Lecture recording is not mandated but is strongly encouraged and is widely used (so we have an opt-in system). All of our main teaching rooms (about 50 are equipped) on the three campuses in WA are equipped for recording and several for dual video (computer capture and video of presenter) but we do very little video capture of the presenter due to lighting problems. The system is automated and linked directly to the LMS (Moodle).  Staff can also upload their own recordings and will soon be able to do personal recording using desktop computers, which I think will grow in popularity.  Murdoch was an early adopter of lecture capture and we use it widely.  We recognise that with the demise of the lecture as the primary teaching activity makes central lecture capture a less important service, but it is vey popular among our students and is essential for external students until we move to a new pedagogy.

Navitas Professional

2016: Echo360

Navitas Professional (mainly ACAP) has 4 Echo venues across two campuses, capturing around 1000 lectures last year. Opt-in, but just about every lecture in those venues is recorded because the Schools are very keen for it. Around 320 PCap recordings last year.

Queensland University of Technology

2016: Echo360

At QUT it is policy for lecture type activities to be recorded, and this has been in place for about 2 years. We have pretty much all our centrally maintained spaces fitted out for Echo360 use. Use is high and student uptake is high - both continue to increase. We have about 12,000 recordings per semester. Practice with recordings and how they are used, is changing dramatically. We are starting to see some great maturity and positive impacts on pedagogy.

2013: Echo360 (full rollout by S1, 2014)

Currently implementing Echo360 (full rollout expected by summer semester 2013 pending successful pilot program) to replace Media Site. University wide mandate for all lectures to be recorded will be implemented in Semester 1, 2014. Full roll-out is anticipated to cover 235 teaching spaces (185 flat floor spaces 50 tiered theatres). In 2012, we had 12,000 + Recordings on the existing media site system. We have developed guidelines for class recordings, and student consent to be recorded is given upon enrolment (with an exception process). Work is commencing to assist academics in creating and using lecture recordings in more pedagogically sound approaches e.g. Flipped classroom.

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

2016: Echo360 (transitioning from Lectopia)

At RMIT transitioning from Lectopia to Echo 

  • 28 Echo venues... with 7200 recordings per year 
  • ~ 15% growth rate in last year
  • average student views per recording of ~ 0.7

In general, well received by students.

2013: Lectopia/Echo360. Echo360 for desktop capture.

We do not actively support other capture technologies at enterprise level, though obviously many are available and can be used in local instances. We chose the Lectopia platform after an assessment process in 2007/8. A requirement for communication and information transfer in a contemporary university setting. Specific emphasis on desktop capture to advance models of active on-campus learning, where the capture technology is used for content delivery that may have formerly been undertaken in a lecture. Not a one-size fits all approach to lecture capture, more facility available in teaching space contexts where it is meaningful and justifiable. My (user) perspective: it would be desirable if the products were 'slicker' and more seamlessly integrated with the LMS. We have not received usage statistics for some time but the number of recordings, and then student downloads has been consistently high.  A recent student focus group revealed that they continue to value the recordings. We have outsourced our lecture recording storage to Netspot as part of the gradual transition from Lectopia to EchoSystem.

Southern Cross University

2013: Mediasite

We make use of Lecture Capture and our University's decision to use MediaSite will enhance our Standard Operating Environment. We have begun to develop resources to assist staff to use MS to its full potential.

Swinburne University

2013: Echo360

Echo360 is being implemented throughout 2013 to replace Lectopia Laissez faire, with an opt-in approach to participation by lecturers 

University of Adelaide

2016: MyMedia (built in-house) Move to Echo360 project in 2016 

At Adelaide, we have a "guideline" that indicates lectures should be recorded. We use a bespoke system "MyMedia" at present - here are the numbers we know from a review conducted last year to attempt to understand our lecture capture coverage...

  • How many lectures (classes listed as LEC) take place in media capable rooms? 18,599
  • How many lectures (classes listed as LEC) take place in media capable rooms AND have MyMedia recordings? 10,537 (57%)
  • How many classes are not listed as lectures, but take place in media capable rooms? 484
  • How many recordings occur in these classes? 5312
  • How many classes are not scheduled in media capable rooms but have recordings uploaded? 2234
  • How many of those are lectures (classes listed as LEC)? 533 (24%)
  • How many lectures have recordings? 10,626 (56%)
  • How many lectures are there in total? 19,132

Compared to previous year, there were 6% more courses with MyMedia recordings made available through Blackboard in 2015 (59% vs 53% in 2014). We have a project to move to Echo this year.

2013: MyMedia (built in-house)

The MyMedia system was developed by The University of Adelaide in 2003 to enable the recording (capture), management and online distribution of lectures. It is comprised of: Capture system - available in common teaching areas to record any device available from the lectern (microphone, camera, laptop, document camera, dvd player etc); Web application - for managing recorded sessions and uploading other media files for online delivery; and Blackboard Building Block - for publishing media to MyUni (Blackboard) courses. Currently lecture recording is recommended but not mandatory. The system supports an opt-in approach where staff initiate the recording from the lectern. Uptake has steadily increased over the years and currently the university records an average of 70 sessions per day during teaching semesters.

University of Auckland

2016: Home grown system

We have a home grown system for lecture theatre recording (LTR) at University of Auckland, which is integrated with our Syllabus+ installation and is currently being updated. It is installed in 120 pool teaching spaces with more than 50 seats. It is fairly widely used for large first year courses, and we have an 'opt out' policy for lecturers who do not want to be recorded. Initial concerns about the likely impact of lecture recording proved unfounded, and most staff are happy for recordings to be made available to students within courses. Use in subsequent years varies across departments and individual lecturers.

2013: Home grown tool. Some lecturers use BB Flashback and Camtasia 2013 

Variable – some departments mandate recording or do it as a matter of course, it is optional in others, and some operate ‘all or none’ rule. There is no overarching institutional policy.

University of Canberra

2016: Echo360; Echo360 Personal Capture (desktop); Echo360 Active Learning Platform (experimenting)

The University of Canberra has Echo360 in all of the lecture spaces and many of the tutorial spaces. Recording is automated unless otherwise requested (opt-out). It's been this way for a number of years now, long enough for most lecturers to approach it as a matter of course, though some also choose to use Personal Capture, and we have many now experimenting with Echo Active Learning Platform. University of Canberra uses Echo360 (venue and personal) and some folks combined that last year with Lecture Tools (now ALP). The Echo/AV/Timetabling team reports that we have 30 capture enabled Category A spaces, these spaces are centrally managed and booked. Timetabling also reports that: "Originally only the lecture theatres and very large spaces had ECHO but now we have a few smaller rooms as well which is really needed as it is often wasteful to put small units into a large venue just because they require recording so it has been great having some standard (flat floored) rooms with this ability." Recording is opt-out, so all timetabled Cat A venues are automatically recorded. This required a large awareness campaign since it used to be opt-in. We also encourage the chunked lecture with personal capture installed on demand, to support the more just-in-time, active, authentic, work integrated etc andragogy. And of course we are pushing forward with making all these services more responsive, personalised, interactive and social.

2013: Echo360 and BB Collaborate

Implemented Echo360 in 2010 to replace an in-house lecture capture service. 200 lectures p/w are captured by appliances in our largest 25 venues. Supported by 1FTE in ITM/AV. Our current license permits capture from unlimited venues and Personal Capture licenses for screen/vide/audio capture from staff PCs/Macs (think 'snippets' for flipped classroom resources, etc). Funding is approved to extend this to include live streaming and in-class interactive Lecture Tools. It has been extremely robust and is considered a critical component of our edtech ecosystem. We currently have an opt-in approach, under reconsideration in response to our Students’ Association request for capture to be mandated.  Integrated into Moodle but recordings can also be accessed outside the LMS. 1M views/downloads last year – 42,000 last week in preparation for our S1 exams. We also use Bb Collaborate for virtual classroom/webinars.

University of Canterbury

2016: Echo360 2016 

The University of Canterbury has 22 Echo360 lecture capture enabled venues and 100 PCAP licenses. We also have a limited manual lecture recording service.

2013: Echo360 2013 

Echo is installed in 20 lecture venues and we have 100 Personal Capture licenses. At this point, it is an opt-in service. We are currently investigating ways in which we might use the venues in which devices have been installed more effectively, rather than installing additional devices. In addition, Colleges are being challenged to provide us with a view on the criteria they will use over the next three years in allocating limited lecture capture functionality. The aim is to stimulate healthy debate and decision-making relating to the learning and teaching gains associated with such usage.

University of Melbourne

2016: Echo360

New opt-out lecture capture service. Now have integration between Syllabus+ and Echo. In 114 venues lecture capture enabled, including our non-Parkville campuses, and recording around 1500 sessions per week, around 300 more a week than 2015. Also looking at ALP perhaps later in the year and have just completed major archiving works.

2013: Echo360

With over 90 venues enabled for audio and screen recording, an opt-in model is currently employed.  To date in 2013, more than 650 subjects are scheduled for regular recordings, with more than 1000 recordings per week, on average.  The university is considering an opt-out model, phased in during 2014 - this service modification will lead to increased use and provides a driver for automated management of system bookings.

University of Newcastle

2013: Echo360

We are using Echo360 for lecture capture, and have most of our large lecture theatres, and some medium ones equipped, either with hardware or software solutions.  We are moving toward a model where all classes in rooms of either 40 or 60 seats or larger (we haven’t decided which yet, it depends on cost) will be equipped for lecture capture.  We are then planning to move to an “opt out” model, where all classes are captured and provided to students unless specifically “opted out”.  

University of New England

2013: Camtasia Relay for live capture, Camtasia Studio for desktop capture

As for the general stance, academics are encouraged to use Camtasia Relay but it is not compulsory. The new system will probably be one that automatically records everything according to the timetable though the academic will be able to stop the recording.  We will be moving to another system which hasn't been announced yet but will most likely be Echo 360. This will be in the main lecture theatres and others will still stay with Camtasia Relay.

University of New South Wales

2016: Echo360;  Echo360 Active Learning Platform (pilot)

At my UNSW Canberra Campus, Echo 360 is used. It is automated, and in effect compulsory (those wishing to opt-out must formally apply to do so). I'm not sure of the regime at UNSW Kensington.

At University of New South Wales we are currently using EchoCapture in around 80 theatres and some select seminar rooms. We are currently piloting ALP, a number of blockers remain for us, and we are working those through with Echo360. We have long had a separate solution for published media that also handles (with deep integration into Moodle) media published and displayed by staff and students in the LMS but is stored, transcoded and hosted via this separate custom system (Fully Cloud deployed in AWS, means that when say 400 student assignments land, it elastically grows to handle the bump and then settles back down to baseline of staff imports). We went to market in 2014 but Kaltura, the closest product, was still short of our needs at that time. The use of the published media system is growing faster than the continued growth on our lecture recording service. We have held on broader roll out of lecture recording because of the rebalance in curriculum towards preprepared materials. We will probably maintain tiered lecture theatre coverage, and roll out to some seminar spaces to cover in class capture of the activities. We have had opt out on lecture recording since 2006. Heavily used by the Law and Medical Faculties. The Medical Faculty however is also one of the largest users of lecture recordings, it is very much down to individual course or program considerations.

2013: Lectopia moving to Echo360 2013 

Includes approximately 60 centrally allocated teaching venues with audio and primary display capture. Wider rollout to some non-centrally allocated teaching venues and venue video capture planned for S1 2014 and beyond. Lecture recordings accessed primarily via integrations with both Bb Learn and Moodle. Currently opt-out and exploring Moodle EchoCentre blocks and Bb EchoCentre links enabled by default all new LMS courses.

University of Otago

2013: In-house solution 2013

We offer our current system in all pool theatres (87). Most of these are audio only with 11 being audio/video etc. As part of the new system over a number of years we will roll out the new solution (which will be video/audio) to all theatres. We do plan to integrate it with our timetable system but still envision and opt in solution for a number of years to come (Though I do plan on having discussions about 'opt-out' with various academic boards in the future to get them thinking about it. A half way house may be we record all lecture but the lecture has to make them available (And the original deleted automatically if not made available in 2 weeks for example). We allow staff to 'opt in' to lecture capture. We also 'live stream' a number of lecture and events a week (About 30 sessions a week on average) Lecture Capture is very popular amongst students with student driving uptake amongst staff (Just like happened in LMS early this century). As with every technology some lectures really like podcasting… others choose not to use it. As always the question should be 'does this enhance my teaching and the students learning'' if the answer is yes… use it… if the you are not sure but doesn't believe it hurts consider students demands, if you believe it does hurt teaching, don't use it. The answer might be different per lecturer and per class. We have a lot of staff who are champions for Lecture Capture and do some amazing things with the likes of precasts and post casts, supplemental material etc etc and on the other end of the argument some are adamant they will never use lecture capture. (We have similar stances on every technology… (using LMS v Not, handing out course readings v not, OHPs v Document Cameras etc.)

University of Queensland

2013: Echo360 and Kaltura

Now: Opt-out: Started Semester 1 – 2013. Echo360 was integrated with the new 'Syllabus +' timetabling software. Lectures taking place in Echo360 equipped venues are automatically recorded according to the timetable. Recordings are linked to an associated Blackboard course site for students to use. Academic staff have the option to override this. Future: UQ currently only has capacity to record lectures for about 40% its courses. While some short/medium term expansion makes sense, the hardware based recording strategy does not scale to all courses given the cost of $5500+/room. Students are increasingly demanding and making good use of recordings for study (26,000 views/day).  We are complimenting the hardware based 'safe capture' with lectern PC based classroom capture linked to the timetable system, and this may increase recording rates to 70/80%. Any significant move towards 100% video lecture content , or move towards flipped classroom will require a more scalable complimentary strategy of increasing our ability to record lectures from the desktop (often in advance of non-traditional classes).  To that end we have bought and deployed desktop recording capability site wide(PCAP + Kaltura and others) and there are discussions about whether we need more flat theatres, and also quiet rooms to record short instructional grabs.

University of South Australia

2013: Echo360 2013

The more the better :-) Obvious area for expansion in the future as more faculty embrace blended learning models. We also purchased the Echo360 Personal Capture add-on, allowing staff to record at their desktop and then publish to the Echo360 server.

University of Southern Queensland

2016: TechSmith Relay; Camtasia Studio (desktop); Adobe Presenter; Blackboard Collaborate; Zoom 2016 

We have lecture capture in every teaching space, using self-hosted Techsmith (Camtasia) Relay. It is also available to be on any computer (even private ones). This handles about 6,000 lectures a semester. It also allows us to upload recordings from other softwares. Staff also have access to Camtasia Studio, Adobe Presenter and can also record using Zoom or Collaborate. Lecture capture is not mandated, but is highly recommended (if you are teaching it should be recorded). We also have a Media Site instance which we are looking to use for streaming from our main teaching spaces (still considering this). Sound complex. Yup :-) Importantly, we are moving to using Equella a lot more for mediating all our recordings, so it will not matter which tool staff choose to use all our recordings will be made available through our Learning Objects Repository, which of course is linked to our LMS (Moodle), for both pushing and pulling recordings.

2013: Camtasia Relay for live capture, Camtasia Studio for desktop capture

Recommended capture using an Opt-in approach. Strong preference for the production of pre-recorded quality presentations. But being practical, this is not yet a widespread practice. We are also strong users of Blackboard Collaborate and house some 200 plus rooms per semester

University of Sydney

2013: Echo360

All our lecture captures are streamed via the LMS (Blackboard Learn), use of Echo360 is not mandated centrally but I understand some faculties/schools may mandate its use.  Echo360 is not used to replace face to face lectures but as a revision tool, it is also used in some units to assist students with disabilities, some academics limit access to the recordings to the student with the disability.

University of Tasmania

2016: Echo360 Active Learning Platform; Echo360 Personal Capture (desktop) 

UTAS - Echo360 Active Learning Platform, 

  • opt-out approved by Senate, driven from timetable
  • about 45 venues with dedicated appliance (across 6 campuses), centrally scheduled
  • 30+ more with software on house PC, user initiated
  • more info on venues here - http://www.utas.edu.au/mylo/mymedia/venues-2 (may be password protected)
  • Desktop capture also very popular

2013: Echo360, including personal capture. 

We have had lecture recording available since 2005.  We now have approx. 35 venues enabled with audio + content (VGA) capture.  In Hobart approx. 75% of all delivered lectures are captured, at other campuses the figure is 60%.  We capture approx. 540 lectures per week in-venue including 100+ lectures or short recordings captured at-desk using the Echo Personal Capture or on MP3 devices followed by upload to Echo.  The volume of recordings continues to increase each semester. We are trialling live webcasting via Echo and there has been some uptake. The main route for distribution of the recordings to students is via integration with the LMS (D2L) and the Echo system receives 33,000 - 43,000 hits per week. In-venue lecture capture bookings are placed by staff using either our LMS middleware (called MyLO Manager) or an online form. There is strong expressed demand from students that all lectures are recorded and this has been considered but we need to improve the integration between Echo and the timetable system to facilitate an opt-out stance, as well as policy change endorsed by Academic Senate.

University of Technology Sydney

2016: Echo360; Echo360 Personal Capture (desktop)

We have Echo 360 in two large lecture rooms and are not intending to make the recording of live lectures more widespread. Instead, we are rolling out Echo desktop capture to encourage academics to record material for students to watch before class, so that classes can make use of this (and other) material and be more active and collaborative.

2013: No institutional wide system

We are not engaged in systematic lecture capture, in fact I actively discourage it. My view is that if the lecture can be replaced by a video of it, then I encourage academics to make a podcast/ vodcast of the lecture and then use the f2f time for more engaging learning experiences. I am aware however, that some academics have made their own arrangements for recording their lectures.

University of the South Pacific

2013: Lectopia (legacy system) 2013

Now our audio technicians use recorders only when a request is made by a lecturer. We also record lecturers in our audio studios and then create synchronised PPTs and audio (sometimes with a still image of the lecturer) using Camtasia for uploads to Moodle.

University of the Sunshine Coast

2016: Mediasite 2016 

Mediasite in 11 spaces. (Our main lecture theatres and a couple of other spaces.) 1 Mobile unit. Fairly widespread. One faculty has had mandated recordings when using equipped spaces for a few years. Opt-out requires Head of School approval. The other faculty has just introduced 'mandated' recordings but apparently leaving opt-out up to individuals, not even requiring HoS approval. Recording setup automated - so they'll happen unless we're notified to stop them. We see it as important component of our blended learning approach (despite misgivings about quality of presentations). Further to my earlier response we are also rolling out Mediasite Desktop Recorder to all PCs and making it available for installation on home computers. This will happen by early semester this year.

2013: Mediasite 2013 

Recordings are manually scheduled - there is no automation of scheduling or linking back to Blackboard courses. Recording links are manually added to Bb courses by the lecturer. We are currently in the final stages of preparing for an upgrade to v6.1 in early July. This will bring compatibility to iDevices and other mobile platforms with the move from WMV to MP4 as the media format. Future enhancements include desktop capture, ingestion of media prepared outside MediaSite and virtual recorder capacity for teaching spaces (moving away from proprietary MediaSite hardware requirements). Possibly some better integration with Bb (auto publishing/scheduling?). Lecture recording is voluntary. It is widely used in some Schools but not used at all in others. Students appear to be very much in favour of recording.

University of Waikato 

2017: Panopto and Panopto Fusion

All teaching rooms have Panopto capability although some may not have video capability.  We know have Panopto Fusion as well which allows us to load any video file into the Panopto system. We can then use Panopto to manage access and delivery of those videos. We are seeing use of the Dropbox function which allows students to record and load video as part of assignments for courses. Our Disability support team are looking at using the closed caption function to deliver transcripts of lectures they are supporting.  The new search function for speech and automatic OCR of any written text on screen is impressive.


Voluntary but supportive. The software exists in all teaching rooms although fixed hardware (cameras and mics) not as widespread but we continue to roll it out. Our uptake of Panopto has been impressive in the 4 years that we have been using it. We provision papers and users via Moodle so all a teacher has to do is add a Panopto block in Moodle and then Panopto recordings will be available there for students. We encourage use of Panopto outside of lectures since it can be used at your desktop or laptop. We have seen staff using it to give feedback on assignments, to demo experiments, to work through a process in some software e.g. using Excel or SPSS (as well as support areas developing help videos), and some live broadcasts of music performances. Students can now also record to the system if staff allow them. 

University of Western Australia

2013: Echo360

We have almost 80 lecture venues with the facilities. For the 80 venues, for those that are part of the central timetabling system, all lectures are automatically scheduled for capture and processing. Students access captured lectures through a block in their LMS Unit (ie Moodle course) as long as the lecturer has added the block to the unit page.

University of Wollongong

2013: Echo360

At Wollongong we have just upgraded to Echo360 in 40 venues, it has gone well and students are enjoying the improvement. he Personal Capture (P-CAP) component  of the tool (desktop pre-recording of lectures as opposed to in-lecture recording) has been tested and then deployed on a limited release, giving preference to those who need to share material with students at other campuses but have been allocated classrooms without the appropriate lecture capture technology. This limited release usage is expected to continue until a formalised plan is in place detailing additional resourcing and funding. Contact edustream@uow.edu.au for details on the Echo360 or P-CAP service including results from user-surveys. We still have very diverse usage, with many academics only providing recordings to students at our regional campuses, despite vocal calls by Wollongong students to be able to access them.  Some academics have expressed concern that lecture capture impacts on lecture attendance. On the other hand, there are pockets of interest in doing away with lectures altogether and redesigning courses to all locations with pre-recorded lectures. Our undergraduate Nursing course abolished lectures this year, and replaced them with pre-recorded audio lectures recorded via traditional means as well as a large amount of content created with PCAP. They will be evaluating this later in the year, and writing it up. Contact angela_brown@uow.edu.au for more info on the Nursing experience. Our staff held a very well attended session in May 2013 looking at the issues with access to digital recordings of lectures, and four student access scenarios were discussed that generated much debate. A large concern centred around copyright issues.  Contact margaret_wallace@uow.edu.au for more info on the session. I am currently using the system to capture some of our Public Guest Lectures, and then with some post-production (top and tailing and new titles inc presenters photo) I can create resources that are good enough to be output for the public via Youtube. This scenario is an isolated incidence – a non-standard but valuable additional use as we move into a program of Open Educational initiatives. Contact me (slambert@uow.edu.au) for info on this use.

Victoria University

2016: Echo360; Echo360 Personal Capture (desktop); Possible upgrade to Echo360 Active Learning Platform 

We have 47 lecture theatres / rooms across 7 campuses equipped with Echo360 and are thinking about upgrading to their new Active Learning Platform in the future. We have an 'opt in' semi automatic system linked with our timetable but have been thinking of looking at 'opt out'. Take-up has not been fast, however, last year we were capturing around 35% of lectures and numbers are increasing. Staff have also started to use the Echo360 personal (desktop) capture system. We have found that an easy to use integration of Echo360 with our LMS (Brightspace) and providing plenty of support has helped uptake.

2013: Echo360 2013 

Encouraged but not mandated from a university perspective.  Some Colleges have mandated its use in the past - we currently have everyone on opt-in while we implement a new eLearning environment.  We will re-visit opt-out (at least at the College level) once the new system is in place. Haven't turned on the interactive features yet but will do so hopefully start of next year as part of the upgrade to our entire eLearning environment.

Victoria University of Wellington 

2016: Echo360

We have Echo 360 hardware in roughly 20 lecture theatres and all computers have the pcap tool - steadily increasing use. We plan to roll out to all large theatres as funding permits.

2013: Echo360 (replacing Mediasite) 

We're making it possible to capture every lecture, whether or not they do is a decision for each course. We're starting to make resources available here: http://www.cad.vuw.ac.nz/wiki/index.php/VStream

Western Sydney University

2013: Echo360

At UWS, all lecture theatres are set up automatically to capture lectures and the recordings (using Echo360) are automatically uploaded to the relevant vUWS (the LMS) site. There's an opt-out policy, and Dean (or delegate) approval to opt-out must be sought for 3 or more lecture recordings. Guidance for teaching staff is provided: http://www.uws.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/449270/Lecture_Capture_User_Guide_Strategies_for_engaging_your_students.pdf.

Lecture Capture Snapshot 2017

2017 Charles Darwin University - Blackboard Collaborate, mp3/mp4

From the University perspective it is optional (we don't generally promote lectures as a pedagogical approach and therefore also don't require anyone to record them). We encourage the use of Blackboard Collaborate (Classic or Ultra) to support student learning (particularly to bring together internal and external students and have multiple specially equipped classrooms for this purpose) which of course is captured. At the School level it is mandated in some Schools and optional in others, and while encouraged to use Collaborate they often provide their own tools. Resources and support are available from the central Office of Learning and Teaching on good practice (pedagogical and technical) in lecture recording. For pre/post-recording: Collaborate, Voice Thread, Camtasia Studio.

Western Sydney University

2016: Echo 360 with a transition to Panopto

 At WSU, all lecture theatres are set up automatically to capture lectures and the recordings are automatically uploaded to the relevant vUWS (the LMS) site. Current policy on lecture recording is being reviewed by the Learning and Teaching Technology Advisory Group to reflect evolution of teaching practices and changes in technology.