SSgt. Gregory Schmidt, USAF EC, 423rd Mobility Training Squadron/Mobility Training Logististics Transportation sits at a computer on January 29, 2015 to demonstrate taking one of the many online training courses offered through the US Air Force Expeditionary Center.

SSgt. Gregory Schmidt, USAF EC, 423rd Mobility Training Squadron/Mobility Training Logististics Transportation sits at a computer on January 29, 2015 to demonstrate taking one of the many online training courses offered through the US Air Force Expeditionary Center.

Distance learning provides students with the ability to study and learn when they cannot be present on a physical campus at a physical location. For some students, distance learning is the only option for education. They may live in rural areas, suffer from chronic or acute illnesses, be military personnel stationed away from a campus, or simply be unable to attend classes on a more typical schedule. When students can’t be present in the classroom, institutions can bring the classroom to the students. Effective solutions for lecture capture do just that–they let the student enter the classroom and fully experience the lecture from their own home, office, or even using a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet. Using lecture capture to facilitate distance learning provides students everywhere with the ability to further their education, seek out new opportunities and improve their lives through learning.

The Benefits of Lecture Capture for Distance Learners

Distance education began with correspondence courses. Lessons were provided in written form and the student wrote answers back-lessons and responses were transmitted by mail! Early forms of distance learning were most effective for visual learners or people who learned by reading and seeing. They didn’t provide effective learning for other types of learners. Today’s distance education has changed all of that.
  • Lecture capture allows students to hear the lecture. They can even download a podcast of the capture to listen to again if desired!
  • Students can see course notes and presentation media. They can even read captioning and transcripts of the lecture.
  • For hands-on training, multiple camera angles provide close up access to demonstrations.
  • Livestreaming options allow students to watch lectures in real-time.  Synchronous learning, or the use of livestreams, allows for a sense of shared experience and community. Support for asynchronous learning offers increased flexibility.

Lecture Capture Needs for Distance Learning

When students are using lecture capture to support in-person learning at a brick and mortar institution, they may use lecture capture for review, to compensate for occasional absences, or to improve understanding. Lecture capture supports their in-person learning experiences. For distance learners, lecture capture has to provide far more benefits and a more comprehensive educational experience. Distance learners don’t have the benefit of classroom time or face-to-face experiences.
  • Lecture capture for distance learners needs to be high-quality, crystal clear, and should incorporate all lecture materials, like documents, demonstrations or PowerPoint presentations.
  • Lecture capture should be easily available and accessible through a variety of platforms, including mobile platforms.
  • Lecture captures need a full range of supportive active and social learning technology, including real-time discussions, access to video conferencing and collaboration technology.