Choosing a Lecture Capture Solution to Meet Your Needs

Lecture capture provides opportunities for study and review, increased flexibility and serves different learning styles. When you choose a lecture capture provider that offers ease-of-use, practicality, and functionality, instructors and students will embrace the technology. Simplifying the lecture capture process will help every instructor to embrace new technology and find their way from the classroom podium to the student’s smartphone.

Choosing a Solution to Meet Your Needs

YuJa offers three distinct options for lecture capture. All three leverage the YuJa Cloud for transcoding, streaming and management. Designed to meet the needs of any size class or lectures on any subject, the YuJa Lecture Capture tools easily integrate with your existing classroom technology.

YuJa Hardware ApplianceHardware Appliance: The YuJa Lecture Capture Hardware Appliance is a hardware-based solution that easily equips a classroom for ongoing lecture capture. Once installed, the YuJa Hub can capture every lecture in the classroom, auditorium or lecture hall. The YuJa Hardware Appliance integrates with other input and output devices to deliver high-fidelity audio and video recording.


Screenshot of YuJa Software.Software Capture: YuJa Software Capture can be installed on a laptop or podium computer and offers increased access to lecture capture, as well as versatility. Any computer with the software can be used for lecture or presentation captures in any space. Instructors can record videos both in and out of the classroom. Applications are available for both PC and Apple devices.


Screenshot of YuJa browser based capture


Browser-Based Capture: The YuJa In-Browser Capture Studio is a HTML5-based browser-based capture solution that provides instructors and students with the ability to create lectures on-the-go using any computer with an internet connection. YuJa’s In-Browser Capture Studio allows you to share files, access an integrated whiteboard, and invite others to join you in recording a lecture or presentation.


Simplify the Process with YuJa’s Lecture Capture Tools

No matter which method you choose, the lecture capture process is simple for instructors. Recording times can be pre-scheduled, making the lecture capture process hands-off, or a session can be started on-demand with the simple push of a button.

Once your recording has begun, viewers can tune in and watch the livestream of your lecture capture on their computers or mobile devices. When the recording is complete, the file is automatically uploaded to the YuJa Cloud, where it is auto-captioned for accessibility and searchability. Within minutes, it becomes a part of your Media Library, and is ready to watch, access and search.

Using YuJa Lecture Capture to Aid in Test Preparation

Incorporating Lecture Capture Into Study Preparation

College-aged students study together.With lecture capture and file uploads, students can easily locate materials and hone in on areas they feel need the most attention. Whether you record test preparation sessions or upload course notes and presentation materials, there are a variety of methods to help streamline test preparation: 

  • Create several short videos to help encourage students to spread their study time over several days. This also may help students retain information and drill down on various topics. 
  • Create a video library that links related videos and topics.
  • Use in-video quizzing to assess whether students are absorbing the material. 
  • Create sample tests using the quiz feature on YuJa to allow students to practice multiple choice questions and receive immediate feedback. Results from these tests can be used to guide instructor’s in their test preparation.

Lecture Capture Supports Various Learning Types

In addition to helping students prepare for tests, video helps support varied learning modalities among students, along with increasing engagement, interactivity, and knowledge transfer. If instructors routinely use lecture capture, students can access past lectures, rewind and re-watch sections or classes as needed. Some benefits of using lecture capture include:

  • Lecture Capture makes it easy for students to watch only portions of lectures they need to review, as well as pause, look up information or add to their notes during study sessions. 
  • Lecture captures also allows students to make up for missed class time, so a missed day does not mean missed knowledge.
  • Because lectures can be replayed on mobile devices, taking lectures on-the-go allows students to maximize study time, or to use lecture capture during in-person study groups.

The bottom line is that tools like lecture capture can help students succeed both in an online or physical classroom. Student surveys have shown student satisfaction with lecture capture and online test preparation using tools like those available in YuJa’s Video Platform.

YuJa Lecture Capture Supports Every Learner

Lecture Capture Benefits All Students

A shared screen imageLecture capture isn’t just a tool for virtual learning. While it is helpful for students who can’t attend class, all learners can benefit from access to recorded classwork. 

  • Lectures are available on-demand when it’s convenient for students. Lecture capture makes content accessible to students no matter where or when they choose to learn. 
  • Students have the ability to download lectures for offline viewing. While many students don’t have issues with getting high-speed internet to stream content, there are large swaths of people in rural areas or who otherwise have limited access to quality internet connections. With YuJa’s Enterprise Video Platform, students can download captured lectures for offline viewing when they may or may not have WiFi or network connectivity. 
  • Lectures can be viewed on any device. Whether students want to view lectures from their Android or Apple phone, tablet, desktop or laptop computer, YuJa offers flexible viewing on any device and dynamic storage solutions.
  • Reviewing content is easier than ever. Because videos are saved and archived in a central video repository, students can easily go back and review lectures to gain clarity on a topic or study for a test. 

Tips for Instructors to Support Students With Lecture Capture

Instructors also can use lecture capture to help students learn more effectively.

  • Concepts no longer have to be theoretical. Instructors can use the Personal Capture tool to make the world their classroom, recording videos when and where they make sense for students to learn. 
  • Increase learning potential for students with disabilities. While compliance is always a concern, expand accessibility for all students by taking advantage of tools like auto-captioning with Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) or external human captioning services.
  • Boost engagement through the creation of higher value content. Implement in-video quizzing to quickly assess if students are grasping the material and to allow students to apply their learning right away. Encourage collaboration through chats, dynamic discussions and group projects. 

YuJa Lecture Capture provides students an opportunity to engage with the classroom in a way that fits their needs and enables students who are unable to attend class the same opportunities as those who were there. Whether learning is taking place in a brick-and-mortar classroom, a hybrid class or an online-only class setting, students are able to benefit from the technology offered by YuJa, which is compatible with all major Learning Management Systems.

Simplify Lecture Capture Workflows with Automation

While some instructors happily embrace new technology even with the extra steps, others may be more reluctant to add to their responsibilities. Fortunately, there is an easy, accessible solution that brings lecture capture to every classroom 一 automation.

What Is Automated Lecture Capture?

Automated lecture capture is exactly what it sounds like;  lecture capture technology starts and stops on a schedule. Lectures are live streamed, published to the course, or saved on a day-to-day basis without any effort from the instructor aside from the initial setup. You might think of automated lecture capture a bit like setting up a calendar event. Once the parameters have been set, no one is required to do anything. Management and maintenance of lecture capture is simplified, and there is no need for regular instructor involvement in the process.

How Does It Work?

YuJa’s software is able to automate lecture capture in three ways: using the Auto-Scheduling Sub Panel, APIs, and Room Scheduling integration. 

  • Auto-Schedule Sub-Panel: YuJa’s Device Scheduler automates the recording process using Software Capture applications within the Admin Panel. Instructors or IT teams can create a one-time or recurring schedule for Lecture Capture in a few simple steps.  
  • APIs: An Application Programming Interface is essentially an intermediary between applications that allows them to work together. YuJa provides a series of RESTful APIs (representational state transfer) to provide seamless scheduling and management of video capture content.
  • Room Scheduling Integration: YuJa has partnerships with Ad Astra and Scientia, which allows institutions to pull room schedules and auto-schedule, making YuJa’s Lecture Capture even more valuable. 

The Benefits of Auto-scheduling for Instructors

Auto-scheduling offers a number of benefits for instructors. With automation, instructors can: 

  • Control recordings using any web browser
  • Capture and live stream 
  • Adjust schedules
  • Publish seamlessly to their LMS 

When lecture captures are automated, there is no need to take time at the beginning of the class session to start recordings, or to take attention away from students at the end of the class session to stop and save or publish a recording.

For Tech-Savvy Instructors: Instructors who enjoy new technology can still use on-demand lecture capture for impromptu or scheduled review sessions, study groups, or even mobile captures; however, auto-scheduling eliminates any risk of human error.

For Less Tech-Savvy Instructors: For instructors less comfortable with new technology, auto-scheduling provides a hands-off approach to lecture capture. Their lectures are captured without any effort or involvement from them.

All instructors benefit from knowing that their students have access to high-quality lecture captures for review and reference. This can limit the need for in-class review, and provide a useful resource that instructors can refer to on an ongoing basis.

The Benefits of Auto-scheduling for Institutions

While students and instructors can benefit from automation on a day-to-day basis, the benefits of auto-scheduling technology are even more significant for institutions. 

  • Students have expressed a strong interest in lecture capture technology, and many even have an expectation of the availability of lecture capture. For institutions, being able to provide reliable and widespread lecture capture is an important marketing opportunity to attract and retain a quality student body.
  • Automated lecture capture provides consistency. There is no need to expend additional effort and expense to train instructors or to work to encourage instructor compliance.
  • Automation requires little time for set-up, and can be completed before the semester begins. Smart scheduling technology even allows for vacation periods. 

Using Lecture Capture for Self-Assessment

183748654At Bronx Community College of The City University of New York, Albert Robinson, Associate Director of the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology said that while the primary use of YuJa’s Enterprise Video Platform is to create, store and manage media content, an unexpected perk he’s heard instructors laud is the ability to self-evaluate.

“I have heard from several instructors that when they began recording lectures, they saw areas they would like to change in their teaching or lecturing style,” Robinson shared in this case study. “Several had revelations about how they could better serve students, maybe by shortening or breaking lessons into parts, and that has helped them change the way they’ve been doing it for years.”

Using Recorded Lectures to Assess Your Teaching

While student feedback is helpful, it’s also highly subjective. Student grades might shine a light on instructor effectiveness, but they’re far from painting the full picture. The ability to watch, re-watch and assess your own lectures enables you to become better at what you do, reach your students and use your class time more effectively.

Lecture capture accurately records what students see in the classroom and provides a clear record of the students’ experiences. Traditional course observations by a supervisor or department head only provide a look into a single class period and do not allow the instructor to review class video. In contrast, lecture captures can record every lecture on a consistent and ongoing basis.

How to Use Lecture Capture for Self-Assessment

Use lecture captures to assess all of the following about your own performance in the classroom:

  • Check your speaking volume and speed. Is your speech clear, audible and well-paced?
  • Were the objectives of your course made clear to students?
  • Listen to your tone. Do you maintain a varied and interesting tone throughout your class?
  • Think about note-taking. Could you take notes from your lecture?
  • Look at your course structure. Do you sound well-organized and prepared?
  • Consider your visuals. Are you maximizing your use of technology and other tools?

Pay special attention to: 

  • Adequacy of classroom procedures
  • Enthusiasm for teaching and knowledge of subject matter
  • Stimulation of cognitive and affective gains in students
  • Relations with students

Ask yourself if you’re satisfied with your lecture style, determine strengths and weaknesses, and consider what you might change to improve the learning experience.

Lecture Capture is One Tool in Your Toolbelt 

Lecture captures allow you to take a virtual seat in your own classroom and to put yourself in the role of a student. You have the ability to think about your lecture style, make sure your class can see and hear, and make yourself a better lecturer. 

It’s important to note that lecture capture is just one way of self-assessment and improvement. Other methods, such as peer review, self-assessment rubrics, student feedback and evaluations, engagement analytics, and annual goal setting and tracking can all benefit instructors as they work to hone their craft and continue on a journey of self-improvement. 

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Tune in to learn how you can streamline your lecture capture with Epiphan Pearl hardware and the YuJa Content Management System integration, including:

  • How to make your lecture capture more accessible 
  • The advantages of hardware 
  • What’s possible with YuJa and Pearl

Moderators will include: 

George Herbert: Epiphan’s Technical Support Manager and Training Guru 

Isaac Kingsmith: YuJa’s Director of Business Development and Partnerships 

Our Partnership with Epiphan Pearl Makes Lecture Capture Easy

Epiphan Pearl is our newest partnership. YuJa and Epiphan provides your institution a flexible, reliable and fully-integratable solution, with automatic file uploading, event schedule synchronization, built-in confidence monitoring and other workflow enhancements to make your lecture capture experience seamless from start to finish.

Epiphan’s Pearl-2, Pearl Mini, and Pearl Nano hardware encoders integrate directly with YuJa. Once paired, Pearl can access your YuJa calendar to automatically start and stop recordings or streams at scheduled times. Even better, Pearl will automatically push event recordings to YuJa, minimizing administration time and ensuring your content makes it to the right place.

No matter your application, there’s a solution to meet your needs. 

YuJa’s Lecture Capture Solutions are Simple and Scalable

YuJa Lecture Capture Has Something for Everyone

Students view presentation in lecture hall. Long-term scalability of an enterprise media solution is critical to universities and colleges looking to get the most for their investment. Your lecture capture solution is no exception. It should be flexible and adaptable enough to meet diverse and changing needs. 

YuJa offers a variety of lecture capture options to address an array of institutional needs:

  • The In-Browser Capture Studio allows instructors to create a variety of capture recordings with minimal setup or additional equipment directly from their web browser. The studio is compatible with most browsers, from Chrome to Firefox, Safari, Edge and Opera.  
  • The YuJa Software Capture works on any desktop, laptop or podium computer and enables full integration of various presentation media. Software Capture is available for both PCs and Apple products.
  • The YuJa Hardware Hub is an appliance-based hardware solution for lecture capture. Room capture is combined with the cloud-based end-to-end video platform to facilitate capture of all lectures in the classroom.

YuJa’s Enterprise Video Platform is Easy to Scale

Being scalable enables institutions to start where they are, but quickly shift gears to increase or decrease the scope and scale of their lecture capture solution. There are a number of different ways to begin integrating lecture capture options, both on institution-wide or a departmental level.

  • An institution could opt to integrate lecture capture technology in courses that already have a significant online component. Students and instructors in this situation are already familiar with online technology and can adapt easily to the use of new lecture tools.
  • A department or institution could introduce lecture capture in larger, freshman level classes before integrating it into smaller classes. Introducing new technologies provides students with increased learning opportunities.
  • Lecture capture technology can be deployed to address issues with overcrowding or scheduling challenges by providing the option to broadcast lectures in a secondary space.
  • Hardware can be installed in a single classroom or a few classrooms to initialize the use of lecture capture at an institution.

When lecture capture solutions have been successfully deployed, they can easily be expanded to meet the needs of any institution. The YuJa Video Cloud expands to meet institutional storage needs, and the in-browser, hardware and software solutions facilitate widespread classroom access to lecture capture technology.

Promoting Active Learning in a Remote Learning Environment

According to a study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, findings suggest that students in a traditional lecture course are 1.5 times more likely to fail, compared to students in courses that promote active learning. Students in active learning classes also outperform those in traditional lectures taking identical exams. 

To power this model, YuJa provides video capture and integrated social tools that enable students to tailor their learning path to reflect their strengths and interests. 

Discover Ways the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform Promotes Active Learning in a Remote Learning Environment 

1. A Flipped Classroom Environment

With YuJa’s flipped classroom software, instructors can record their video and voice alongside slides, documents and screen captures. Users can also create video tutorials, pre-recorded lessons and clarifications. Our cloud-based architecture enables us to instantly scale from small group collaborations to large-scale lectures and webinars.

2. Real-Time Whiteboards

YuJa’s real-time whiteboard enables participants to draw and annotate within a live Video Conference session ideal for one-on-one office hours, small group collaborations, and large-scale video conferencing. Content of any sort added to the Whiteboard appears instantly and helps facilitate synchronous group collaboration, adds visual interest to video learning, provides an essential way to share and annotate, and encourages small group participation.

3. In-Video Quizzing and Commenting

The Video Platform offers interactive assessment capabilities within the video experience including creating video quizzes, inserting related documents, and making interactive comments.

Liven up your video quizzes by combining video quizzes with instructive in-video prompts and time-based supplementation information. Quizzes can contain questions a variety of types including ungraded group polls, multiple-choice, true-false questions, short-answer, reflective-pause and multiple-select questions. 

4. Interactive Video Conferencing

With the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform, instructors can split Video Conference meetings into separate Breakout room sessions. Choose how you can split the participants of the meeting into separate sessions automatically or manually at any time.

Video Conference participants can also perform a Virtual Hand Raise within a meeting to make a request, ask a question, or indicate any confusion to the Meeting owner without un-muting their microphone.

Related Article: #COVID-19: How Instructors are Using the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform for Remote Learning

10 Essential Features to Consider When Choosing a Lecture Capture Solution

The right lecture capture platform will meet the needs of your IT staff, administration, content owners and learners. While each of these groups may have different priorities, the right solution will meet the needs of diverse audiences and add value to your organization.

Institutions should consider 10 key factors when selecting a lecture capture solution: scalability, compatibility, integration, analytics, automated scheduling, playback, organization, editing capability, and accessibility.

1. Scalability

For many organizations, long-term scalability, or the ability to grow with the organization, is essential. If you outgrow your lecture capture solution, it is a poor short-term investment. The right lecture capture solution for your organization must offer the flexibility to grow to meet changing needs or even to adapt to and accommodate new technology as it changes over time. 

Whether you’re using YuJa’s Lecture Capture solution for tens or thousands of users, workflow features like adaptive bitrate streaming, multi-device media encoding and a global content delivery network help make it easy to deliver content to your audience.

2. Compatibility

Technology rarely operates in a silo, working independently without sharing information.  Choosing a lecture capture solution that works with your existing technology and is continually assessing and improving its compatibility will help those who rely on lecture capture not only transition into using video tools, but create engaging media content for viewers. 

3. Integration

Along with compatibility, when shopping for a lecture capture solution, organizations should select a lecture capture solution that plays well with the current learning management system and which accommodates a range of different peripheral technologies. This will help ease the implementation process and expand its utility. Consider SSO products, captioning vendors, your LMS and other technologies as you assess lecture capture solutions. 

4. Analytics

Tracking and measuring data helps instructors see what teaching methods are effective and find areas for improvement. Analytics enable organizations to track who is accessing media, patterns of media usage and user engagement to help maximize investment in lecture capture technology, and enables content owners and administrators to adjust lecture capture strategies for improved user engagement. 

There are two main forms of analytics to consider when choosing a lecture capture technology. A good solution integrates both:

  • Administrative analytics, which share information of primary interest to IT and administrative staff, like network usage.
  • Learning analytics, which share information about how students are using the lecture capture technology.

The YuJa Video Platform’s Visual Analytics suite collects a variety of data and provides reports that cover system statistics, usage and instructional insights.

5. Automated Scheduling and Remote Start

Auto-scheduling is an essential tool for lecture capture. Automated or remote scheduling enables the lecture capture to begin and end recording without direct instructor or content owner involvement. This increases the overall reliability of lecture capture for users, and reduces effort and work on the part of instructors. YuJa’s Lecture Capture technology offers remote scheduling and on-demand recording capabilities. 

6. Playback

High quality video playback on any device is essential. Users may watch lecture captures on smartphones, tablets, laptops or desktop computers. Playback quality should automatically adjust to provide a clean, crisp viewing experience for each of these different devices, and should accommodate varying network speeds. Additionally, YuJa’s Video Platform allows users to download content to watch later, even if they don’t have an internet connection.

8. Organization

Lecture capture creates significant amounts of media content in the form of large video files. In order to maximize the usefulness of this content, your lecture capture solution should organize and store media content. In addition, it is critical that content be searchable for future use. 

9. Editing Capability

With fully-integrated editing capabilities, instructors can easily edit content, remove errors, update or add a forgotten slide or note about an assigned reading to their lecture captures. Lecture capture features like multi-stream, non-destructive editing within a web browser, smart workflows, inline caption editing and the ability to schedule recordings all allow course designers and instructors to create and deliver higher value content for learners.

10. Accessibility

No matter the size of your organization, lecture capture solutions must be fully accessible with closed captioning, keyboard adaptations, and audio descriptions. In addition, technology should be compatible with screen readers and other assistive devices to make content accessible to all learners. 

Learn more about YuJa’s Lecture Capture platform by checking out our comprehensive guide.

Student Lecture Capture Priorities

Maximizing the Investment in Lecture Capture Technology

In order to understand student priorities with regard to lecture capture, it is important to consider the different ways students  use lecture capture technology. 

  • In a traditional classroom, students may use lecture captures for study and review, to reduce confusion and increase understanding, and to catch up on missed classes.
  • In a hybrid learning environment, lecture captures are often watched before class, freeing up in-class time for other activities and hands-on learning.
  • In an online course, lecture captures provide instruction, engagement, and information.

An ideal lecture capture solution facilitates learning in all of these situations, and meets the needs of students in each.

Understanding Student Priorities

Regardless of the learning environment, students share many of the same priorities with regard to lecture capture. 

Quality and Flexibility

Today’s students expect more than just a grainy recording; they expect access to high-quality audio and video recordings. Lecture capture technology needs to support a variety of inputs, including audio and video sources, as well as high-definition recording.

In addition, students want to be able to adjust the playback speed of lecture capture content. This provides the ability to move through a lecture at a pace best suited to the individual, and is an effective tool for study and review. 

Searchability and Notetaking

In order for students to use lecture capture content effectively, they need to be able to find the lectures they need, and to find content included in the lecture. Search features are essential for students, and should incorporate a variety of search tools, including:

  • Title
  • Tags
  • Slide content
  • Captioning

In addition to being able to search both course and individual video content, students also want to be able to take notes from within the lecture capture interface.  For the most effective study option, students should be able to download their notes alongside relevant slides from the lecture capture.

Accessibility and Mobility

College students today have a variety of different learning styles, as well as learning challenges. Accessibility features not only provide legally required Section 508 Compliance, but help students to learn and engage. Effective captioning, audio descriptions, and keyboard shortcuts help to support student learning.

Mobility is also a high priority for students today. Many students are busy and need the ability to watch lecture capture content from a mobile device, like a tablet or smartphone. They also appreciate the ability to download video content for offline viewing, or to download audio-only podcasts for review.

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