Getting students to retain information from your lectures can be a difficult challenge. Traditional class lectures in a hybrid course don’t always ensure that students will understand key concepts. Integrating multimedia into a course is a proven method for engaging and exciting learners. Utilizing Tech Smiths’ Camtasia Studio and iTunesU, instructors can extend the classroom and deliver video lectures for use on personal computers and mobile devices. This benefit puts the students in control of their learning by providing access to content anytime, anywhere.
In a course that I recently taught, I created weekly video lectures to provide additional resources for students outside of the classroom. By using Camtasia, a screen capturing software, I was able to recreate my lectures from the classroom and deploy them in a video format for my students. Camtasia allows the recording of your screen and audio at the same time. I can recreate my lecture on my screen while speaking into a headset with a microphone. Camtasia records both the video and audio aspects of my lecture. Once I am done recording, I can edit my lecture and remove any unnecessary pauses, mumbles or speaking errors. I even have the option to add additional points I might have left out. Then I publish my file to a QuickTime video format that I can upload to iTunesU. Students who have access to my course shell in Blackboard can then download my video lectures to their personal computers. They can view my video lectures at their convenience and don’t need to be online. Once downloaded, the videos are stored in the iTunesU section of their iTunes library. Since I am using iTunesU, students can synch my lectures to their iPod, iPhone, or iPad to take my lectures on the go with them.
Whether you teach an on ground, hybrid, or online course, lecture capture is a great way to enhance the learners’ experience by providing them with anytime, anywhere access to course content.