Here's our theory - there's a whole new crop of people discovering lecture capture for the very first time, right now. And coming out of EDUCAUSE 2010 (#EDUCAUSE10), we think we're on to something. More buzz, more Q&A, more questions than ever before.

If lecture capture is newly on your radar, this month's webinar is for you: "Lecture Capture 101: everything you wanted to know about lecture capture but were afraid to ask." Going live Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 11:00 CDT (convert to your time zone). As ever, our best practices webinars are free!

Don't fret. We guarantee you aren't the last person on the planet to know what lecture capture is. Chances are, you've already heard of it by another name: elearning, online classes, distance education or even coursecasting.

But now is the time to get a solid understanding of this educational technology. According to the 2009 Campus Computing survey, more than half of all universities already have a strategic plan for academic webcasting or are working on one (and now there are even more compelling stats from the 2010 results announced last week). The Sloan Consortium says more than a quarter of all students now take at least one online course. And analysts predict the lecture capture market is going to triple over the next five years.

So here's your chance for Lecture Capture 101 - jot down your questions and get ready to ask the market leader everything you ever wanted to know about putting your lectures online. First we'll present the basics with examples you can reference - including photos, anecdotes and published research - and then we'll take your questions live, including:

  • How does lecture capture work exactly? Do we really need hardware? Isn't software a more affordable approach? And couldn't we just build a system like this ourselves?
  • Is it true if you put lectures online that students won't come to class? Or if they do come to class, they don't take notes or participate?
  • Why stream video? Why not webcast just the audio and PowerPoint?
  • How does teaching with Mediasite compare to teaching in a classroom built for videoconferencing?
  • Isn't lecture capture just a way for the university to steal a professor's intellectual property?

Our presenter is Sean Brown, Sonic Foundry VP Education. He has 16 years of product management and education business development experience at IBM, Apple and Oracle before coming to Sonic Foundry in 2002. Mr. Brown is a past president and board member of the Hopkins Foundation for Innovation in Education. His core focus is simplifying digital media to improve use and outcomes.