Distance-based learning aided by visual tools is on a rapid growth trajectory for its ability to democratize learning. By removing the need for students to travel to educational institutions, it makes learning possible for those who aren’t near them or for those who need to balance an existing career or life with learning.

By making the classroom experience possible from anywhere they have an internet connection, technology is undoubtedly the link that has made it possible for a learning experience outside of the classroom to almost match that of one inside a lecture hall.

How the Demand for Distance-Based Learning Modernized Lecture Capture

Early on, distance-based learning only took the form of a video recording of a lecture, combined with a printed or emailed syllabus overview to guide the student, mandatory readings by week and assignments or quizzes that had to be scanned in and emailed back to the instructor.

As you can imagine, this was not an efficient system for the educator or the student. While it did provide an advantage to the student that missed a class or two, it did create additional work on behalf of the educator regarding video capture, editing and a mechanism to share it.

As lecture capture became easier with the help of cloud-based apps, the integration of LMS (Learning Management Systems) into the learning process made learning more interactive than ever before.

Why Lecture Capture and LMS are a Powerful Combination for Distance Learning

When LMS came on the scene and arrived on campuses across the country in the 1990’s, many educators were thrilled to have a centralized location online that allowed students to access anything related to a course, whether it’s a syllabus, grades or tests. It removed the need for instructors to rely on a variety of communications to share media, grades and more.

Today, LMS are widely used and help educators and learning institutions efficiently use technology to bring learning online. LMS also make it easier to conduct online courses, undoubtedly a rapidly popular method of learning today in and outside of educational institutions.

Not only are educational institutions putting lecture capture and LMS to use to reach a wider audience and better engage students, but so are government agencies and enterprise companies.

When there’s an investment in digital education, or e-learning software solutions by such organizations, not only does education and training become more affordable, but it allows employees to learn when it makes the most sense for them. As a result, employees are often more willing to engage with content that’s available on demand.

According to Statista, there’s so much interest in this type of technology that:

“Projections show the e-learning market worldwide is forecast to surpass 243 billion U.S. dollars by 2022. In 2016, the self-paced, e-learning product market amounted to 46.67 billion U.S. dollars and is projected to decrease to 33.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2021. A considerable share of faculty worldwide has shown willingness to support less traditional and digital education models. About 65 percent of faculty supports the use of open educational resources (OERs) in teaching, and 63 percent showed support for the competency-based education system.”

Now that we know that lecture capture technology, when combined with an LMS, can make it easier for students to learn from anywhere, there’s a host of other benefits that result from the visual nature of online content.

First, many of us are visual learners. According to 3M and Fast Company, “visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text.” Visual-based learning has proven itself over and over again when it comes to social media, where it’s a known and proven trend that posts with images or videos, are shared more frequently and garner more engagement than those without them.

How Lecture Capture Tools Enable a Flipped Classroom

Lecture capture also helps to flip the classroom, a term used to describe a learning approach which allows students to preview content at home before a lecture takes place. This allows students to come prepared to class with questions in hand on the topic of discussion.

Lecture capture also gives students a chance to review materials if they find they’re having difficulty with knowledge transfer in preparation for an exam, for example. Alternatively, if instructors know in advance that a particular topic is often found challenging, they can add accompanying quizzes to determine how well students are grasping a subject.

How Lecture Capture Creates Emotional Connections

With distance-based learning, students might never meet an educator in person. However, lecture capture does something that’s hard to quantify; it helps students make more of an emotional connection with their teacher and the subject matter. This can make students more engaged with the content and make them more willing to ask for help when they need it.

Because smartphones have made it incredibly easy to capture, edit and share videos today via social media, our attention spans appear to be shorter than ever. As a result, educators have begun using lecture capture and LMS to divide up content into smaller, more palatable doses.

How Lecture Capture Enables Microlearning

Consider this statistic from eLearning, who said the average attention span for millennials is 90 seconds. As a result, some educational institutions are applying a technique known as “microlearning,” which is designed to provide information and learning in small chunks by using multimedia that is only made possible with lecture capture tools.

Microlearning applies many of the principles used by social media companies to keep the intended user engaged. By allowing students to watch and engage with short snippets of content when it’s most convenient for them, they’re more willing and able to finish a course of study.

Overall, when you combine lecture capture with LMS and techniques like microlearning, student engagement and knowledge transfer rise significantly. As a result, learning becomes available to those without means to travel to an educational institution or a company training.

While there are upfront investments and ongoing expenses for lecture capture, the cost certainly seems to outweigh the benefits for enterprise companies and educational institutions.