Recording teaching materials

Recording your teaching materials and making them available online enhances learning opportunities for your students, both on-shore and off-shore. Teaching can be recorded at the time of delivery, or pre-recorded as a supplement to classes and lectures.

Lecture capture

If presenting in a Lecture capture enabled lecture theatre, you can make your lecture recording available to your students through your course Blackboard shell.

Lecture recordings may be used by students to:

  • Revisit complex material, ideas and concepts
  • Revise for exams
  • Work through material at their own pace
  • Take more comprehensive notes
  • Revisit material because English is not their first language
  • Catch up on missed sessions

Small instructional videos

With the Lectopia desktop/personal capture tool (also known as 'Echo360'), RMIT staff can record audio, visual screen capture and webcam video directly from their desktop computer (PC or Mac) which can then be accessed by students or colleagues from within the Lectopia system.

This platform offers the same educational benefits and applications as the lecture capture system, but can be recorded from any desktop computer or laptop, at any time – lecturers are not dependent on either the class timetable or lecture venue, and therefore allows you to record lectures in non-Lectopia enabled teaching spaces.

The flexibility of desktop/personal capture provides opportunities for some teaching activities that are not practicable using lecture capture:

  • Welcome video - help build a rapport with your students, record a brief introduction to yourself and the unit
  • Weekly summaries - capture the key messages from the past week, provide constructive feedback to the students and prepare them for the week ahead
  • Sequenced mini-lectures - augment (or replace) face-to-face lectures, scaffold information and integrate activities that assist students in developing their own understandings of the content
  • Student presentation - require students to record and upload interviews, reports, skill demonstrations, presentations and theatrical performances
  • Guest speaker - provide students with a recording of a guest speaker and provide guidelines for focusing their attention on key points and potential questions created by the recording
  • Screen capture - demonstrate a specialised piece of software with a step-by-step explanation
  • Learning with animation - design and develop an educational animation and then record it into a video format

Virtual classroom sessions

Recordings of virtual classroom sessions may be made when using Blackboard Collaborate. This is a live web conferencing and virtual classroom platform that allows staff and students to communicate using a real-time learning space. The main features include two-way audio, multipoint video, interactive whiteboard, application sharing, web tour, polling and session recording. Activities can include introductory exercises, brainstorming, problem sharing and solving, presentation of research and projects, role plays, debates, mentoring and support.

When running a Blackboard Collaborate session, try to provide interaction every six minutes. Start off with an ice breaker, such as displaying a map on the whiteboard and having each participant indicate where they are located. Ask questions that require students to raise their hands, click an emoticon, respond with a green check or red X, type in the chat window, or even type or draw on the whiteboard. Be the “guide on the side,” encouraging students to think and respond. Better yet, promote participants to moderators, and let them lead the class.

Other audio and video files

Video and audio files may be captured using your iPhone, video camera or other portable video or audio capturing device. Using the Lectopia system, you can easily upload the audio or video file into a particular course, assign associated metadata and manage it as you would any other presentation within the course.

Good practice

  • Make Lecture recordings available soon after the live session
  • Short videos on specific topics works better than lengthy recordings
  • Add indices during the live session to mark key sections in the recording
  • Consider creating additional recordings as tutorials to supplement your live sessions

Technologies

Echo360 Personal Capture

Record audio, visual screen capture and webcam video directly from their desktop computer (PC or Mac) which can then be accessed by students or colleagues from within the Lectopia system.

Blackboard Collaborate

Recordings of virtual classroom sessions may be made when using Blackboard Collaborate.

Lecture capture

Using the Lecture capture system, you can easily upload any audio or video file into a particular course.