183748654Traditionally, instructors in colleges, technical schools and universities have relied upon student surveys, and grades to assess how well they taught. Unfortunately, this poses a number of problems.

  • Student surveys are highly subjective, and may not accurately reflect student experience.
  • Student grades are often a wholly ineffective way of assessing the instructor effectiveness.

The ability to watch, re-watch and assess your own abilities enables you to become better at what you do, reach your students and use your class time more effectively.

Lecture Capture as an Assessment Tool

The use of lecture capture provides instructors with the ability to review and assess lectures. 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 Captures as an Instructor

Lecture captures allow you to assess your own lectures, identify strengths and weakness and maximize your effectiveness as an instructor. 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?
  • 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 organization. Do you sound well-organized and prepared?
  • Consider your visuals. Are you maximizing your use of the SmartBoard and other tools?

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.