Choosing the best lecture capture solution for your organization can be quite challenging. The right lecture capture solution for your organization meets the needs of your IT staff, administration, content owners and users. Each of these groups may have different priorities with regards to lecture capture, but the right solution for your organization will meet the needs of diverse audiences.
Organizations should consider ten key factors when selecting a lecture capture solution. These factors include scalability, branding, analytics, integration, automated scheduling, playback, organization, editing capability, and accessibility.
For many organizations, long-term scalability, or the ability to grow with the organization, is essential. If you will outgrow a 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.
Lecture capture solutions are not one-size-fits-all. Your lecture capture solution should support customization with your organization’s logo and colors. This supports your organization’s overall branding strategy, and creates a familiar experience for your users.
Data analytics enable organizations to track who is accessing media, patterns of media usage, and user engagement. This can maximize investment in lecture capture technology, and enable content owners and administrators to adjust lecture capture strategies for improved user engagement.
There are two forms of analytics; choose a lecture capture solution that integrates both:
- Administrative analytics share information of primary interest to IT and administrative staff, like network usage.
- Learning analytics share information about how users are using the lecture capture technology.
When shopping for a lecture capture solution, most organizations already have a number of tools in place, including learning management systems and hardware technology. Selecting a lecture capture solution that plays well with the current learning management system and which accommodates a range of different peripheral technologies can ease the implementation process and expand its utility.
5. Automated Scheduling
Auto-scheduling is an essential tool for lecture capture. Automated or remote scheduling enables the lecture capture to begin and end on schedule 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 content owners.
High quality video playback is essential. Users may watch lecture captures on smart phones, tablets, laptop 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.
Lecture capture creates significant amounts of media content in the form of large video files. In order to maximize the usefulness of this content, it is essential that your lecture capture solution organize and store media content. In addition, it is critical that content be searchable for future use.
9. Editing Capability
Instructors are only human, and they are going to make mistakes. Fully-integrated editing capabilities mean that instructors can easily edit in additional content, remove errors, or add a forgotten slide or note about an assigned reading to their lecture captures.
Lecture capture solutions for both small and large organizations must be fully accessible; closed captioning, keyboard adaptations, and audio descriptions are all essential. In addition, technology should be compatible with screen readers and other assistive devices.