How is higher education handling lecture capture in 2009? A Northwestern University study polled academics from multiple institutions and nations, then shared the results (pdf).
Some highlights from their findings:
- Although the data indicates implementation is widespread, few have done so beyond a small number of classrooms.
- There appears to be a lack of standardization; no single method has shown itself to be more
prevalent than another. There are no firmly established best practices for lecture content collection, manipulation, or delivery.
- The central IT organization appears to be the group most often leading the implementation and management of these services, although almost a third of the respondents indicate lecture capture is initiated and managed by individual schools, departments, and in some cases, individual faculty.
- Almost half of the institutions surveyed share content via their course management system. Just over half make a portion of their captured content publicly available.
- Just over half the respondents record video as part of the captured content. The other half focus on audio only, or audio and content.
- Only a quarter of the respondents have an automated system for lecture capture recording. Most systems require some level of hands-on support.