The traditional lecture hasn’t changed much in hundreds of years, still consisting of the lecturer explaining concepts to the students. The amount of information that we now have and that students need to learn is increasing but the lecture plan is staying the same and that is leading to a gap. The average lecturer can speak 120 words a minute, whereas the average student can only write down 60 words per minute.
MyEcho allows students to spend more time actively involving with the class or understanding the material as they can be confident that they will be able to take notes later. It is also helpful for students whose first language isn’t English, allowing them to playback the content at their own pace.
MyEcho has been increasing in usage over the past years but there is still more room to grow as more academics request for their lectures to be recorded. Lecture Capture is a quick, easy way to increase the involvement of students.
The Facts - Increasing Usage
- 2012-13 600 Recordings
- 2013-14 900 Recordings
- 2014-15 On course for 1100 Recordings
We can now also offer MOLE publishing, meaning that your recordings can be posted directly to a MOLE course as soon as they are ready. This goes hand in hand with Seamless Authentication, allowing you to restrict recordings so that only students enrolled on that module can view them. This allows for statistics tracking so that you can see what students are watching and how much they are watching.
So Why Aren’t you Using it?
Many people hold reservations about introducing Lecture Capture. Firstly many believe that it will lead to a drop in attendance, many studies have been conducted into this area and the vast majority report that there is no link between Lecture Capture provision and lower Attendance. Some reports even find a slight increase as students judge they can ‘get more from a lecture’. Other believe it may be difficult and time consuming; in reality it is very easy. You book your recording, turn up and give the lecture and its already being published by the time you leave the room. Within a few hours it can be shared or automatically posted to MOLE so your involvement can be very low whilst still gaining a lot.
If you or your department are interested in starting to use, or increasing your usage, then contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss options or even arrange a departmental visit.