Canterbury Christ Church University to implement lecture capture

Written by Sam Trendall on 13 September 2018 in News
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Use of technology has become a ‘core aspect of modern blended and part-time learning pedagogies’, the university said

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Canterbury Christ Church University (CCCU) is to implement lecture capture technology, with recordings of lessons to be made digitally available to students from early next year. 

The university has issued a contract notice seeking to appoint a supplier of “digital learning capture” (DLC). CCCU noted that it is now in the minority of institutions that do not use such a technology in delivering its courses.

“DLC has become a core aspect of the delivery within most programmes at many higher-education institutions, with 86% of UK universities reporting that they have a learning-capture solution in place,” the notice said. “Currently, CCCU cannot count themselves among these institutions, and this project aims to address that.”


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Frequently called ‘lecture capture’, DLC typically involves making video or audio recordings of lessons which are then made available to students via a digital portal. The aim of many teachers and institutions that use the technology is to allow students to engage more in classroom by relieving them of the burden of trying to record as much information as possible by notetaking. Lecture capture often forms part of a ‘flipped learning’ model, in which the aim is to shift focus of teaching from the teacher to the student. 

CCCU said: “The ability to provide recorded content is a core aspect of modern blended and part-time learning pedagogies. In order to make best use of our face-to-face classroom time, the university's academic staff must have the opportunity to develop learning objects and create approaches that increase engagement in the classroom. The use of video for knowledge transfer and consolidation is key to this.”

By the end of this year, Canterbury Christ Church intends to appoint a provider to an initial three-year deal, with optional extensions of up to two further years. The first recordings will be made available to students in January, the university said.

Bids are open until 9 October. No estimated value for the contract was provided.

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