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For many parents, the idea of lecture capture technology is new, and may be confusing to them–some might even object to it. Helping parents to understand lecture capture can assist them in supporting their students, and help them to recognize the value of the services you provide. You can offer this information during parent orientation sessions, or you can opt to provide it online or on paper.

What Is Lecture Capture?

This is the first question for many parents! Lecture capture is simply a recording of the course lecture. Instructors can use lecture captures in online courses, flipped courses, and as a tool in traditional classes. Many institutions across the globe now use lecture capture to support student learning in a variety of ways.

Lecture captures are recorded with high-quality web cameras and microphones, and may be livestreamed or recorded for future use.  Lecture capture technology incorporates various presentation media, like a PowerPoint presentation, SmartBoard or document camera, directly into the recording.

How Do We Use Lecture Capture?

Institutions use lecture capture in a number of different ways. Below, you’ll find a list of just a few of the ways lecture captures are used by students and instructors in various types of classes.

  • In a traditional classroom, lecture captures are a tool for review. Students can watch lecture captures when they study to improve their notes, help them comprehend material better, and catch anything that they might have missed.
  • In a flipped classroom, class time is used for discussion and activities. The instructor will record lecture captures at other times for students to view before class to come to class ready to work.
  • In an online course, lecture captures take the place of traditional classroom lectures.
  • In a blended class with both online and in-person components, lecture captures may replace or supplement some classroom lectures.

What Are the Benefits of Lecture Capture for Students?

Lecture capture offers a number of benefits for students–it can make them better learners, make studying easier, and offer increased flexibility for student learning. The benefits include:

  • Easy review of material.
  • Maximized note-taking ability.
  • Improved learning for visual learners.
  • Support for deaf, hard-of-hearing and English language learners through captioning.
  • Access to course material in the case of absence.
  • Reduced course time spent on review.

Answering these questions can help parents see the benefits of lecture capture technology for their students. YuJa allows institutions to add lecture captures to their Public Channels. This is a simple way to let parents experience lecture capture technology from home, and see how much their students can gain by attending an institution that uses lecture captures to make learning more accessible.