Photos: (Top) Temple University uses Mediasite for lecture capture. Temple Creative Services (Middle) Bob van den Brand of Tilburg University in the Netherlands records a lecture with Mediasite. Tilburg University

Is the knowledge shared in your classroom important? Your students think so, and you should, too. Student demand for academic video is growing at an astronomical rate, and universities large and small are evaluating how best to harness the power of video to increase student success and classroom efficiency.

So what’s the best way to capture and archive the knowledge shared before it disappears forever? The campuses that are wired for video are the classrooms of the future.

Take Eastern New Mexico University (ENMU), for instance. ENMU is the third largest university in the state, covering a particularly large geographical area. The dean sought to make education accessible to the region’s traditional, non-traditional and dual enrollment students (high school students taking college courses). So she turned to webcasting to start a flipped instruction pilot, create hybrid classes, branch out into asynchronous distance learning, help high school students earn college credits and even record special events, provide professional development online and connect alumni. To top it off, the university did all of this successfully in less than 12 months and is pioneering some of the most advanced and state-of-the-art e-learning programs around.

Video-based online learning is becoming a standard offering in higher ed. Embracing lecture capture benefits both faculty and students. This new student-driven demand is putting academic video at the top of institutions’ technology planning initiatives, and more and more faculty members are realizing the power of lecture capture to broaden reach and cater to individual student needs. But it hasn’t always been that way.

Like any new initiative, generally speaking, there will be some reluctance and fear from those involved. The faculty are in front of the classroom. Their faces, their reputations are on the line. It can be scary facing a camera and a remote audience that spans time and distance when you’re accustomed to facing students in the classroom.

But the attitude toward academic video from faculty members is changing. They are embracing the shift in pedagogy, seeing it as a tool that enhances learning, not forcing them into new ways of teaching.  

This article was first publised in AV Technology Magazine earlier this spring. Click here to finish reading.

Sean is VP of Sonic Foundry. ENMU and Clemson University use Mediasite for their lecture capture initiatives.