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  • CoE; Camtasia Studio is avilable to anyone for individual purchase and can be used for lecture capture. Windows or Mac computer, USB web camera. Must host videos yourself. Windows or Mac operating system.
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Lecture Capture involves the recording of classroom activities or special events using specific software and making that recording available electronically. The recording is someimes referred to as a podcast or a screencast, and may be audio-only or include video of the lecture. Some software synchronizes lecture slides for viewing alongside the relecant sections of audio and/or video recordings of the instructor. Depending on the software used for recording, sudents may be able to speed up or slow down lectures, pause the playback, and move forward or backward in the presentation.

  • Allowing students to reiew content that they found difficult to understand during lecture.
  • Creating recordings to be used for future students to prepare for class.
  • Archiving lectures and classroom activities for course planning.
  • Alternative for students who miss class.
  • Interdisciplinary courses can include lectures from other departments.

Proven Technologies Simple Instructional Tools that Work A showcase of simple - and cheap - technologies that are truly more effective than traditional classroom approaches.

  • Camtasia Relay
  • CaptureSpace
  • LSA BlueReview
  • College of Engineering Lecture Capture System
  • Mediasite
  • Podcast Recordings
  • iTunesU
  • Classroom Recording Services

Tips for Using Lecture Capture Tools

Before you start...

  • Make sure that you have clear goals for podcasting lectures and the time to prepare them consistently throughout the entire semester (if required).
  • If you don't teach in a room with an automated lecture capture system, make sure that you have adequate and continuing technology support as well as a dedicated place to host the completed videos.
  • Make sure you are aware of and follow all relevant copyright policies regarding podcasts (e.g. acquiring copyright clearance for materials and release forms from students if their questions and answers will be recorded and the podcasts will be shared beyond the current semester's classroom).

If using Camtasia Studio or a different DIY lecture capture platform...

  • Make time to experiment with recording quality. Poor sound quality may prevent students from using the resource.
  • Make podcasts available as soon as possible after a lecture, because most students download podcasts within a few days of a given lecture (or immediatly prior to an exam).

In the classroom...

  • If you required students to listen to podcasts before lecture, provide them with content-related questions or other learning activities.
  • Use class time for interactive discussion, student-centered learning activities, or demonstrations to complement and build on podcast content.
  • When appropriate, make reference to podcasts during lectures or when responding to students' questions so that students will be more likely to use them.
  • Provide students wtih a clear explanation of instructional goals and tecnhical requirements if podcasts are used for student projects or assignments.

Before making podcasts available...

  • Make sure that all of your students have access to and are comfortable using devices to download and play podcasts.
  • Make accessing and using podcasts easy and fast by providing detailed instructions for downloading and ensuring that the file format is compatible with common media-playing devices (e.g. MP3 players and iPods).


  • Draft an evaluation plan for your lecture capture project to investigate what did and did not work for you and your students.
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Comparison of Available Lecture Capture Platforms
Availability*Special equipment requirementsIs post- processing or editing required?Video hostingSystem requirementsOther

Camtasia Relay

CoE; Camtasia Studio is avilable to anyone for individual purchase and can be used for lecture capture.Windows or Mac computer, USB web camera.Yes.Must host videos yourself.Windows or Mac operating system.Used most often for shorter recordings such as homework solutions, office hour sessions, or tutorials, but can also be used to record entire lectures in settings without other lecture capture options.Camtasia Relay is supported by CoE; Camtasia Studio is entirely DIY.


In Canvas and MediaSpaceWindows or Mac computerYes.Hosted within Canvas or MediaSpaceWindows or Mac operating system.It provides any combination of audio, screen, and webcam recording, plus automated publishing and interactive viewing Canvas. More information can be found here.CaptureSpace is a desktop software (Windows and Mac) that can be downloaded from My Media in Canvas.
CaptureSpace is supported by ITS Teaching and Learning Team.
LSA BlueReviewLSA; Any instructor teaching in an equipped classroom.No; Built into certain classrooms.No.Videos are encoded in a podcast compatible format and web delivered to the instructor for distribution. N/A. Works in all classrooms w/installed systems.Must be scheduled in advance.Supported by LSA.
Engineering Lecture Capture SystemCoENo; Built into ~1/2 of Engineering classrooms, being installed in additional classrooms.No.Published to the web or as podcast downloads.N/A. Works in all classrooms w/installed systems.Contains video and audio of instructor as well as projected content (slides).Supported by CoE.
MediasiteRoss School of BusinessNo; Built into all Ross classrooms except those in Kresge and Wyly.No.Published to your directory in the Mediasite management portal. Videos can be distributed via links obtained from the management portal.N/A. Works in all classrooms w/installed systems.Includes video and audio of the instructor as well as projected content (slides). More information here.Supported by Ross.
iTunesUSchool of DentistryNo; Available in five lecture halls. Any Apple computer in Dentistry can be used with the correct login credentials.No.Videos are hosted on Dentistry's iTunes U site.Apple computer with correct login credentials.Supported by School of Dentistry.
Classroom Recording ServicesCollege of PharmacyNo; Available in most Pharmacy classrooms.No.Videos are posted online.N/A. Works in most Pharmacy classrooms.Requires 2 weeks advance notice.Supported by Pharmacy.

*The Medical School, the School of Public Health, and the School for Environment and Sustainability also have lecture capture capabilities in some classrooms. However, the Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Education, and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance do not have lecture capture capabilities at this time.

  • Details about Lecture Capture options at various schools and colleges.
  • A checklist of technical practices
  • A photo video release form.
  • Related articles, reports, guides, and links to Lecture Capture software.
  • CRLT Occastional Paper: Lecture Capture: A Guide for Effective Use

Many faculty members at the University of Michigan record face-to-face lectures. Some do this only occasionally because of conflicts between lecture times and a professional conference, for example, or in order to record guest lectures for students. Some faculty members use lecture capture more regularly to provide students with additional learning resources. The examples below highlight some of the different ways in which faculty at U-M use lecture capture technology to enhance their courses and facilitate student learning. A link to Lecture Capture Systems and Support at U-M is below.

Mika LaVaque-Manty, Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Professor LaVaque-Manty began experimenting with lecture podcasts in 2006. He mainly uses podcasts in his large introductory courses, although he has used them at the 400-level, as well. He uses Profcast, a college-licensed, shareware application for the Mac. Profcast requires no additional equipment beyond a laptop because it resides on the same machine as the lecture presentation. It captures both the presentation slides--whether PowerPoint or Keynote--and syncs them with the audio. Professor LaVaque-Manty twice created a podcast-only lecture when he had to cancel the live lecture.

Thad Polk, Psychology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Professor Polk teaches in a large auditorium where an automated lecture capture system is not currently available. For several semesters, he has been using ProfCast to record his lectures and make the recordings available to students via iTunes U in CTools. From the Ctools course site, students can download recordings for playback on their personal computers or iPods. Students in Professor Polk’s classes appreciate having podcasts available and consider them a great tool for studying, reviewing, and catching up. They also enjoy the flexibility that the technology provides, allowing students to review past lectures whenever and wherever they prefer.

Joanna Millunchick, Materials Science and Engineering, College of Engineering

Professor Millunchick has been using lecture capture for several semesters. She records in-class lectures with a system that syncs a video recording to her slides. She also creates screencasts using a software program (Camtasia) that records audio and a visual of her use of a tablet PC in order to provide thorough explanations of homework, quiz, and exam solutions, as well as the “Muddiest Points,” as determined by student feedback collected at the end of each unit.

A preliminary study was conducted to assess the effectiveness of these resources, especially the screencast of the Muddiest Points. Students who responded to the end-of-term survey believed that Muddiest Point screencasts were helpful. One student commented, “Screencasts are great because it shows topics that the professor finds important and is a great resource to use to study for the exam. Also, even if I understand the concept, hearing important material one more time in a new way is always extremely helpful.”

Perry Samson, Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences, College of Engineering

Based on student feedback, Professor Samson developed LectureTools to promote and expand discourse in large classes by supporting peer instruction and active learning methods through an intuitive interface. LectureTools allows students to 1) type notes synchronized with the lecture slides; 2) self-assess understanding; 3) pose questions and view answers; 4) draw on lecture slides; 5) respond to a range of instructor questions; 6) listen/view podcasts; and 7) print lecture slides and notes for offline review. While LectureTools contains all the functionality of clicker systems, it offers far more response options, including the opportunity to respond to reorder list, association, free response and image-based questions. In surveys, students have reported that LectureTools increases their attentiveness, significantly increases their engagement, and improves their ability to learn.

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Course Setup & Structure

Course Content, Activities & Assessment

Engagement & Interactivity

Course Setup and Structure

Course Management
Turnkey Solution: Canvas
  • Provides a common structure for U-M courses
  • Variety of useful tools native to Canvas, including
  • Certain tools (eg: Assignments) are linked to Student Explorer, which allows advisors to track overall student progress
  • Online Resources
Customizable Option: Canvas + Course Website
  • Canvas should be a landing point for all courses, and can then can link to an external website(s) with more course info
  • Instructors should try to keep as much info centralized in Canvas, when possible
  • Students request that, at a minimum, the following Canvas tools be used:

Course Content, Activities & Assessment

Discussion Forum
Turnkey Solution: Canvas Discussions
  • Native to Canvas
  • Individual group discussions can be set up with their own board and collaboration tools
  • Online Resources:
Customizable Option: Piazza
  • Integrates with Canvas
  • Can allow students to post anonymously
  • Can add tags (folders) to items
  • Online Resources:
Turnkey Solution: Canvas SpeedGrader
  • Native to Canvas
  • Uses a customizable rubric
  • Integrates with Canvas Assignments and Quizzes
  • Online Resources:
Customizable Option: Gradescope
  • Accommodates multiple graders
  • Better support for formulas and free text
  • AI based grouping of like answers
  • Allows for grading rubric updates that automatically update all assignments
  • Online Resources:
Quizzes & Exams
Turnkey Solution: Canvas Quizzes
  • Has various question formats (multiple choice, true/false, essay, etc.)
  • Randomized question banks
  • Online Resources:
In-Classroom Recording Video
Turnkey Solution: CAEN Lecture Capture
  • Available in all CoE classrooms
  • Allows for side by side video of the front of the room and projected material
  • Automatically posts lectures to Canvas
  • Allows basic editing (trimming beginning and end)
  • NOTE: Cannot stream content in real-time
  • Online Resources:
Customizable Option: Zoom
  • Supports synchronous streaming/recording and asynchronous recording
  • Supports 300 remote participants
  • Ability to add backgrounds
  • Various integrated features (polling, whiteboard)
  • NOTE: Does not allow any editing of content
  • Online Resources:

Camtasia Microphone Problem

Synchronous Home Recording Video
Turnkey Solutions
  • Supports synchronous streaming and recording
  • Supports 300 remote participants
  • Record and download sessions (stored online for 30 days)
  • Various integrated features (polling, whiteboard, breakout groups)
  • Does NOT include post-editing of videos
  • Online Resources:
Asynchronous Home Recording Video
Turnkey Solution: Kaltura Capture
  • Integrates directly with Canvas for easy upload
  • Doesn’t require being online to record lecture
  • Online Resources:
Customizable Option: Camtasia
  • Not directly integrated with Canvas
  • More advanced editing options over Kaltura
  • Reach out to [email protected] for a license
  • Online Resources:

Engagement & Interactivity

Office Hours
Turnkey Solution: U-M Remote Office Hours Queue
  • Can be used for one-on-one meetings, and also invite others
  • Offers first-come, first served queuing
  • Multiple instructors can manage a single queue
  • Online Resources:
Camtasia microphone problem
Customizable Option: Zoom Breakout Rooms
  • Can have group office hours or one on one
  • Can use breakout rooms for different topics, or one-on-one meetings
  • Various integrated features (polling, whiteboard)
  • Online Resources:
Team Management Tools
Camtasia microphone problem
Turnkey Solution: Canvas Groups
  • Assign discussion topics to each group
  • Online Resources:
Customizable Option: CATME
  • Provides a means for creating teams based on criteria such as sex, prior experience, schedule compatability
  • Provides mechanisms for students to give and receive feedback
  • Online Resources:
Peer Reviews
Turnkey Solution: Canvas – M-Write Peer Reviews
  • Allow student peers to provide feedback on other students’ work
  • Instructors can assess and email students directly about submissions
  • Online Resources:
Customizable Options
  • Integrates in Canvas
  • Instructors can upload/assign their own articles or PDFs
  • Online Resources:
  • Integrates in Canvas
  • Ability to create teams based on gender, prior experience, schedule compatibility
  • Provides mechanisms for students to give and receive feedback
  • Online Resources:
Group Breakout in Class

Camtasia Microphone

Turnkey Solution: Zoom Breakout Rooms
  • Native to Zoom
  • Can pre-create breakout groups
  • Online Resources:
Digital Whiteboards
Turnkey Solution: Zoom Whiteboard
  • Native to Zoom
  • Best used with a pen-based touchscreen/tablet
  • Online Resources:
Customizable Option: Jamboard

Camtasia Microsoft Stream

  • Part of the U-M Google suite of applications
  • Can be shared/saved via Google Drive
  • Best used with a pen-based tablet
  • Online Resources:
Turnkey Solution: Zoom Polling

Camtasia Microsoft Mct

  • Native to Zoom
  • Online Resources:
Customizable Option: iClicker Cloud
  • Offers mobile device polling, without the need for a physical iClicker remote
  • Online Resources:
Closed Captioning
Turnkey Solution: Google Slides Captions
  • Automatic closed captioning available in presentation mode
  • Doesn’t meet ADA requirements for accuracy without post-lecture editing
  • Online Resources:
Customizable Option: Zoom Closed Captioning
  • Requires host to assign an attendee to add closed captioning in the Zoom meeting
  • Includes ability to add a third party service to add captions
  • Online Resources: