Lecture Capture

Wharton School Deploys Lecture Capture Tech to Every Classroom

The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has implemented a lecture capture system in every classroom, so students can access recordings of lectures on demand.

The school has been using lecture capture technology as part of its blended learning curriculum since 2002, but the specialized appliances and media equipment required for its original lecture capture system were too expensive to implement in all of its classrooms. In 2013, the school switched to Panopto, a software-based video platform, and over the last two years the school has deployed Panopto to every classroom.

According to information from the company, Panopto lets the school "capture and manage lecture recordings from any PC using any combination of video cameras." Professors can schedule their recordings in advance and then present their in-class lecture as usual. The system captures the lecture automatically and then produces and uploads the video to the secure video content management system without any further action required by the professor. Panopto also integrates with the school's learning management system, where students can access the streaming videos.

Since its original implementation, the faculty and staff at the Wharton School have explored other creative uses of the video platform, including the flipped classroom approach, where students watch lecture videos before class and then apply their learning through in-class activities. According to information on the company's site, Panopto lets professors record webcam video, slide presentations, screencasts and more from their laptop, or they can use the system's mobile app to record micro-lectures from the field. Professors can also embed quizzes, polls and other interactive content into their recorded lectures, and they can view reports of students' lecture-viewing activity.

About the Author

Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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