What is lecture capture

Lecture capture definitions and approaches

Lecture capture means recording classroom-based activities in a digital format that students can then watch over the web, on a computer or their mobile device. Lecture capture technology records the presenter's audio and video, as well as any visual aids - laptop, tablet, whiteboard, document camera, visualizer - synchronizes them, and webcasts the stream live or archives for on-demand playback. 

Lecture capture is often about capturing more than just lectures, including any type of educational instruction, from student presentations or user generated video to collaborative exercises or lab demonstrations to guest speakers or other campus events. The term is also known as elearning, video-based instruction, online classes, blended education, hybrid courses, distance education, coursecasting, virtual classrooms, virtual learning environments, academic capture and more. 

Right now there are hundreds of learning activities taking place in classrooms around the globe. Over time, academic staff and faculty have used different technologies to share this knowledge beyond the bricks and mortar of the classroom, from written correspondence to TV to VCRs to CDs to videoconferencing, but the web greatly accelerated the sharing of classroom instruction as a learning object. 

Sonic Foundry created Mediasite as a purpose-built, appliance-based platform for lecture capture. It features an automated workflow to record, deliver, manage, search and track video-based instruction, leveraging your in-room and on-campus infrastructure

By design, Mediasite requires no instructor intervention. Much like projection, it relies on the facility, not the faculty, to take the lecture online. And this approach has made it the most used lecture capture technology in the world.