Lecture capture is a simple method instructors can use to record lectures or classroom activity and deliver it online. The online recordings can be used by students in a face-to-face course who need to review a lecture, by a student who has missed class due to illness or an emergency, or by students who are participating in a course online.
While lecture capture can be achieved by simply creating an audio recording of a class session, Loyola University Chicago is currently piloting a comprehensive lecture capture system called Panopto which, when used in one of LUC's video equipped classrooms, allows an instructor to record audio and video of a class session along with any presentation materials (such as a PowerPoint presentation) or screen demonstrations that occur throughout the course of a lecture. Each recorded element is included as part of the lecture available online for students. Examples of recorded lectures are available on Panopto's website.
Lecture capture gives students easy access to the information presented in a class lecture and relieves some of the stress of having to scramble to capture the information in class notes. An overview of research on the use of lecture capture completed at Penn State indicated a majority of studies reported an improvement in performance and grades in courses that utilized lecture capture, and that the availability of a lecture recording did not negatively impact class attendance by students. A brief introduction to lecture capture is also available via Educause's "7 things you should know about" series.
If you're interested in learning more about how lecture capture might assist your students, contact the instructional designers in the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy. More information is available on the ITRS website for those who wish to get start with lecture capture and the Panopto system.