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Lecture Capture: What Can Be Automated?

Published inThe EDUCAUSE quarterly, vol. 30, no. 2, p. 40-48
Publication date2007

Online education encompasses a variety of technologies, one of which is lecture capture—a long-standing practice at the University of Geneva. The faculty of arts has recorded most of its lectures on audiotapes since the 1970s, well before the World Wide Web existed. Modernization of the recording technologies, however, which until recently consisted of magnetic tapes, was necessary for online courses to efficiently share lectures with off-campus students. This technological upgrade inevitably had implications for the audiovisual (A/V) operating staff of librarians and technicians who have traditionally been caretakers of the lecture-capture process. To ease the acceptance of a new, automatic lecture-recording system, a close collaboration between the operating staff and IT engineers was established during the project's conception. We considered this particularly necessary because not all processes can be easily automated. Another constraint was the desire to not involve faculty members more deeply in the recording process, which meant that the system had to be as autonomous as possible. The conception of the new system also faced technical challenges related to the fact that the campus consists of a handful of buildings distributed throughout the city of Geneva. Due to construction history, the basic infrastructure of these buildings encompasses a variety of equipment, which made the system conception especially daunting. This article tells how we successfully carried out this project while respecting these constraints, akin to those faced by many other academic institutions.

  • Lecture capture
  • Online education
  • Broadcast
  • User-centric
  • Bilingual interpretation
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BURDET, Benoît, BONTRON, Cédric, BURGI, Pierre-Yves. Lecture Capture: What Can Be Automated? In: The EDUCAUSE quarterly, 2007, vol. 30, n° 2, p. 40–48.
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