by Gloria Lee

Today’s students are growing up in a world that is very much integrated with the internet and the World Wide Web. They arrive already accustomed to the wealth of rich media content available to them on Web 2.0. Thus, lecture capturing, the audio and video recording of lecture for online viewing, is essential for educational institutions like Hostos which offer an expanding  suite of online asynchronous, hybrid and even classroom course offerings where the instructors want lecture content to always be available online for students.

When we say “lecture capture”, we are specifically referring to not only the recording of the instructor’s voice and possibly his or her image, but also of notations both prepared before recording in a “slideshow” format as in PowerPoint, or written as the instructor lectures, as on a tablet or Smart board.  Lecture captures can be pre-recorded with a script or recorded extemporaneously by the instructor as he or she teaches in front of a class.   Either way, the idea is that you present the lesson as you are most accustomed to, only the software is recording it, with options to edit afterward before making it available to students.

The EdTech office has the capture options for either online or face-to-face classes:


Camtasia is the most powerful software available for creating full-blown interactive multimedia e-Learning presentations and modules. Camtasia is a program that basically records every second of audio and video as they appear on the computer screen once you click record.   The recording can be edited afterwards in its powerful editor which has features comparable to iMovie and Movie Maker. However, the popular features of Camtasia are capturing attention and highlighting specific information. It has many built-in shapes, errors, speech bubbles, and preset animation available to make a clip more dynamic. It is especially powerful in the huge range of output options and file formats, including mp4 (podcast), Flash video, and mov (Quicktime). It is also capable of creating a website with an embedded multi-media player.  It is the preferred software for creating podcasts from a PC.



Tegrity is a basic program, with a simple but essential tool an instructor would need for recording a session. A lesson can be prepared in PowerPoint and recorded in the home, office, or in front of a class as it is presented. It is built on a server connection which allows users to upload material directly and to make minor editing. The files can be easily organized through the server as well. The most important aspect of Tegrity, is that it is accepted by all devices including notebooks, desktops, tablets, and smart phones.  Tegrity is the simplest, fastest way to record a lesson and get it out to your students.


Blackboard Collaborate

Blackboard Collaborate is a live collaboration platform mainly used for web video conferencing, which CUNY plans to make available with Blackboard 9.1. Instructors can teach in real time, or anytime. Unlike the other programs for creating instructional clips, Blackboard Collaborate is more focused on two-way instant interaction between instructor and audience.   You can show students your presentation slides as well as a whiteboard for writing notes, and the sessions can be recorded for future student access.

Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is one of the most popular software available. This is a live distance conference platform which allows for high speed delivery of High Definition material with simultaneous multiple user webcams. Its secure system could allow only particular IP address user to join the meeting.


Smart Board

Smart board is a well-known device for creating a digital learning classroom. Basically a large touchscreen tablet, instructors do not need to walk back and forth between a whiteboard and a computer. This device can record every written and audio comment that a teacher makes during the session on the interactive board. The lecture capture industry is growing and becoming more innovative.  Look for future innovations in lecture capture with the iPad and other mobile devices and web-based eLearning platforms such as McGraw-Hill Connect.  We’ll keep you posted in future articles.

Please contact Ed Tech Office if you have any question.



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