Worried about missing that last lecture? This may no longer be a worry thanks to “Lecture Capture,” a relatively new software that records media projected in the classroom such as PowerPoint presentations, notes for the class and even the voice of the professor speaking. The information is compiled and made available online for students to review via Blackboard, thanks to a program called “Tegrity.”
Several MU professors met at 3 p.m. Tuesday to discuss the new technology and its implementation at MU. Steve Keller, an associate professor of chemistry, said one of the ways he uses the software is by recording himself going over the answer keys to his exams and explaining why certain answers are correct.
Keller said before the software came along, some teachers were recording and digitizing their lectures themselves.
“Eight years ago, when we started this, I didn’t want anything to do with this idea because I thought no one would come to class,” he said. “When I discovered that the same percentage of students came to class with and without recording, I wanted to continue its use, but we just couldn’t support the way we were doing it. Tegrity makes it much easier and is more powerful than what we were doing eight years ago.”
Keller hasn’t noticed any decrease in attendance in his classes; actually, a survey of three chemistry classes that used the software found that 90 percent of the students said they were not more likely to miss class because they knew it would be recorded.
The survey also revealed that most students accessed the program an average of once a week and 70 percent said they find it to be “very useful.”
Court Montgomery, a graduate teaching assistant, has used Lecture Capture for teaching his online linguistics class. He said he liked using the program to make up for the lack of interaction between him and his students; it was a way for him to “humanize the class experience.”
The software also allows students to adjust the speed of the professor’s voice. Many times, students miss a crucial point because their professor is talking too fast, so this feature benefits students because they can go back and assure they have everything they need.
“The feedback I’ve gotten from students has been 100 percent positive,” Keller said.