Mediasite is the enterprise lecture capture and video delivery system on campus. It is used in over 89 spaces across campus and with over 10,000 hours of content recorded and uploaded to Mediasite annually. The University has used Mediasite across campus since 2006, and this Universal Lecture Capture (ULC) model has been used in the Charles Widger School of Law since 2018, where all classes are recorded unless faculty opt-out. The Mediasite system records the audio, video, and presentation (projector display) in the room. Currently, requests to automatically record lectures to Mediasite are handled on a first-come, first-served basis via a request form.
Universal Lecture Capture
In coordination with University Information Technologies with the support of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, the University is expanding Universal Lecture Capture beyond Driscoll Hall and the Charles Widger School of Law to all ULC capable classrooms across campus starting in spring 2022.
ULC capable classroom locations:
- Bartley Hall - 0025, 1001, 1010, 1047, 2044, 2045, 2046, 3001, 3010
- Driscoll Hall - 132, 134, 221, 223, 225, 227, 240, 244, 246, 248
- Mendel Science Center - G90, 115, 213, 341
- Mullen Center – 312, 313
- Tolentine Hall - 210, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217
- Scarpa Hall (Law) - 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, 203, 301A, 301B, 301C, 302, 303, 306, 307
- PAC - 312, 313
- St. Mary's Hall - 163b, 163c
With Universal Lecture Capture, all classes taking place in these rooms will be recorded automatically via Mediasite, based on the class schedule in Banner. The recordings consist of classroom video, audio, and content displayed on the projector. These recordings are made available privately to the course's professor, as listed in Banner, via MyMediasite. Faculty have ownership over their class recordings in the system and can choose whether to share or not share the recordings with their students. To assist in the management of these files Multimedia Technologies provides training for faculty on how manage content via MyMediasite including changing access to these recordings.
It is strongly recommended, since you are in a ULC classroom, that you notify your students that the class is being recorded in your syllabus, whether you plan to share the recordings or not. VITAL has found a resource for the language that you can add to your syllabus.
More in-depth information about ULC and Mediasite is below.
The ability to revisit content has shown to be valuable to the learning process (see links below). Recorded classroom lectures were overwhelmingly highlighted by students as an invaluable learning tool in survey responses collected over the 2020 – 2021 academic year. These recordings are particularly useful to students for:
- Reviewing materials.
- Revisiting complex topics or getting clarity on points students may have misunderstood.
- Allowing students to focus on engaging in discussions during class rather than taking notes.
- Adding to or taking notes on the lecture
- Preparing for exams
- Improving the overall learning experience
These recordings can be highly beneficial to students with learning support needs, students who miss lectures unexpectedly due to illness, nonnative English speakers, and those who otherwise need to review the materials.
Secure access to recordings will be delivered via MyMediasite, accessible through the faculty’s Blackboard Course. Faculty are listed in the system as owners of the content and control the release of content to their students. UNIT's Multimedia Technologies will hold training sessions on managing your lectures and other Mediasite content via MyMedaisite during the first three weeks of the semester. If faculty would prefer, they can request that lectures automatically be made available to their students by notifying firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty in a Universal Lecture Capture Classroom can opt-out of having any or all of their lectures recorded by completing the Opt-Out Form. Once this is done the course will be removed from the recording schedule within 2 business days. If you would like to record a class that has been opted out of Universal Lecture Capture, you must follow the procedure below to request the recording at least one business day in advance.
Many classrooms across campus share Mediasite systems; therefore, lecture capture is available outside of the Universal Lecture Capture Classrooms listed above, on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to have your lectures recorded, please follow the instructions outlined here.
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