5 Benefits of Lecture Capture

student on laptop during lecture

The traditional classroom setting isn’t what it used to be. By 2019, experts predict that at least 50% of all classes will be delivered online, as online learning has been steadily increasing for the past five years. To deliver effective content, many instructors are turning to video lecture content to share learning materials without having to be directly in the classroom.

So why use lecture capture?

Below are five benefits of lecture capture:

1. Visual communication

This article in Fast Company says that 65% of people are visual learners. If  that’s the case, it’s important that your lectures include engaging images, graphs, charts, photos, and similar aids to help students understand concepts to have lecture material that students learn from visually.

Creating lecture material that’s rich with visuals will help your students follow along with your content as easily as if they were with you in the classroom.

Instead of having just an audio recording of lecture material, including visuals allows students to put context behind the recorded lecture.

2. Better availability

Offering video lecture content allows students to access course materials outside of the classroom. With many classes moving toward a flipped classroom approach, students can learn content while studying at home and are able to come to class with prepared questions and discussion topics.

Because lectures can be saved and archived, students can refer back to the materials as a study tool instead of feeling like they have to process all the information during the class period.

3. ADA compliance

Online lecture content helps accommodate students with disabilities. Providing captions and audio for lecture materials can assist those with hearing and visual impairments.

Many lecture capture tools are ADA compliant and follow the guidelines of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Traditional lectures may not be the best mode of learning for students; therefore, providing material that offers access to students with disabilities gives all students the opportunity to learn.

Many lecture capture tools allow you to generate captions and are screen-reader compatible.

4. Increase engagement

Video lecture material can help your students engage in the content you are presenting without you physically being in the room with them.

Some lecture capture tools allow you to include quizzes that students take while viewing video lectures. This helps students apply what they’re learning and test their knowledge, plus it allows instructors to assess student performance.

If a student is confused by a concept, they can pause the video and post a question for their instructor. This creates interaction between the student and instructor, making the online lecture content a two-way conversation.

5. Build instructor-student relationships

Effective lecture capture gives instructors the opportunity to build relationships with their students, despite the fact that they are teaching online courses.

The use of quick, personalized videos gives students a more humanized online course experience. For example, an instructor may create an introduction to the course or send a video regarding any class updates throughout the semester.

Even though courses are conducted online, instructors and students can still get to know each other on a personal level.

Lecture capture is quickly taking over the academic world, giving students different learning opportunities than the traditional classroom setting. Lecture capture software, such as TechSmith Knowmia, formerly TechSmith Relay, offers features that are ADA compliant, interactive, and engaging, giving students an overall positive learning experience.

Learn more about TechSmith Knowmia’s lecture capture platform.


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