Lecture capture technology has the potential to fundamentally alter the way instructors and students interact in the classroom. Recorded lectures can free up time that may be used for class discussions, group work, and other activities that engage students as active learners. The ability to access material at any time also allows students an opportunity to review difficult concepts, and supplement their learning experience with additional material provided by the instructor.

Some lecture capture products have been on the ISU campus for a few years, but the market is maturing and changing rapidly. To make sure that Iowa State keeps up with technology and provides the best possible service to our faculty, Information Technology Services put out a Request for Proposal (RFP) over the summer to select a new software-based lecture capture system. The RFP was drafted with input from the Community of Educational Technology Support (ComETS) and in consultation with other Regents Institutions.

After evaluating the responses, we have selected Panopto to be the centrally-supported capture system. Panopto offers a rich set of features for both faculty and students that allows classroom recordings and gives instructors the ability to create rich media resources right from their desks.

Panopto lets students take online notes during or after a presentation, integrates with both WebCT and iTunes U, and recorded sessions can be viewed in a normal web browser. For faculty, the system is easy to use and can capture video from a webcam, audio, screen displays, and PowerPoint presentations, which are indexed based on the text on each slide.

Lecture capture, as a classroom technology, fits well with the expectations and needs of Millennial Students and by providing a consistent, portable, and easy-to-use system, we will be better able to meet the needs of both students and faculty.