How Lecture Capture is Being Approached in 2017

How lecture capture today is being used

In previous weeks, we’ve been examining some of the results of The State of Video in Education 2017 – A Kaltura Report. Today, let’s take a look at one of today’s hot topics: Lecture Capture.

Lecture Capture Today

While lecture capture has become an increasingly hot topic in education, at the moment, it’s still far from the rule. Schools may be capturing the biggest lecture halls, but smaller classrooms are still being neglected.
Snapshot of lecture capture in 2017
62% of schools report that less than 25% of their classrooms are being captured. Only 3% are currently capturing more than 75% of their classrooms.
Until recently, lecture capture has required cumbersome and expensive equipment. So it’s not surprising that many schools have balked at fully capturing everything on campus. This is probably going to change. Lecture capture today is becoming easier and less expensive now that there are solutions available based on commodity hardware.

Lecture Capture in the Future?

We wanted to get an idea of where things might be heading. So we also asked how many classes people wanted to be capturing.

Percentage classes desired for lecture capture
Far more interest is expressed for a much larger proportion of the campus. The most popular option would be to capture 50-75% of the classrooms on campus.

Who’s Driving Lecture Capture?

But maybe it didn’t matter what educators and administrators want. Whose opinion is really driving the lecture capture trend? We asked what the drivers were for capturing classrooms.
What drives lecture capture?
It’s the students! 46% of institutions report student demand is the biggest driver behind lecture capture.
We also got this anecdotally in the open-ended section of the survey. Here are just two quotes:

“More and more we have more and more users requesting and using video in the classroom and lecture capture. Almost everyone feels that there are almost exclusively “up sides” to this and would like to see more widely available resources for this – with a focus on making it as simple as possible to use – on our campuses.” (Video producer/instructional designer at a large North American
higher education institution)


“Any institution not recording 100% of lectures will be negatively affected at the open day stage, as students will ask before applying.” (IT, large European higher education institution)

So keep your eye on lecture capture today, and expect some big changes in the future.

Want more insight into lecture capture today and how video is being used in education? Read the full “The State of Video in Education 2017 – A Kaltura Report“.

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