In late March, EdTech Digest published a guest column heralding the broiling, unpredictable evolution of video in higher ed.
The column notes a growing demand for adaptive, leading-edge lecture capture solutions. The expectations of faculty and students are shaped by the user experiences made common by social and entertainment media.
Student and Faculty Experience
As teaching methods and pedagogy develop, the fields of lecture capture and educational technology are tasked with translating each new methodology into a compelling medium for students.
Leading providers of lecture capture software are consistently pushing the boundaries of what it means to create a full, vibrant classroom experience through video.
In the past year, the list of essential features has mushroomed and only continues to swell: concurrent streaming and encoded recording, variable speed playback, multi-source recording with user-selected source viewing and more.
Robust Hardware Support
With each update to the necessary feature set, lecture capture software solutions are demanding more and more from the hardware that supports them. In many cases, laptops and desktop computers are hard-pressed to accommodate these demanding solutions, along with any other programs that might be running on the device.
Dedicated lecture capture recorders are becoming more prevalent to meet the challenges posed by high-demand capture scenarios and large-scale, campus-wide rollouts.
A Blended Solution
To move forward with confidence, universities need classroom video solutions that provide a robust recording and encoding hardware to support adaptive and user-friendly publishing options.
Lecture capture providers are beginning to form partnerships that will make this next-level of classroom video an achievable reality.