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Drexel Adopts Lecture Capture System

Drexel University in Philadelphia has selected TechSmith's Camtasia Relay as its campus-wide lecture capture solution after being a beta tester for the new application. The software was formally released in November 2008. Drexel is currently training staff on the software as part of a training program that also covers Camtasia Studio, another TechSmith product that captures what happens on the screen of a computer.

The university, which has about 20,000 students, will be deploying Camtasia Relay to enable its 1,500 faculty and administrators to streamline their lecture recording and sharing processes.

"Camtasia Relay is a natural fit for Drexel University from a variety of perspectives, and stands head and shoulders above any other available desktop recording applications," said Mike Scheuermann, associate vice president of instructional technology. "The seamless integration with our Drexel-developed DragonDrop encoding, publishing, and syndication system was a key factor for us, and that integration is a credit to the strong Drexel-TechSmith collaboration. We are confident that Camtasia Relay will enable instructors to do more, more easily, and allow them to focus on what really matters--effective delivery of their subject matter expertise and the rich dialogue and interaction that naturally ensues between educator and learner."

With Camtasia Relay, instructors and presenters can use any Mac or Windows-based PC in the classroom or conference room, at their desk, or at home. Audiences can view and listen to the recorded lectures and presentations online, via learning management systems such as Blackboard, via iTunes U, or on mobile devices such as the iPod or iPhone. With directory integration, IT staff can set up and assign recording profiles for their organizations based on the needs of the presenter and their audience.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a former senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal, Campus Technology and Spaces4Learning.

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