Lecture Capture at Marjon
Selection, Procurement and Implementation
Adam Read, Senior e-Learning Technologist
A little bit of background
• A single-campus HE University with 2,500
• High levels of student satisfaction.
• Small class sizes with high levels of contact time.
• Faculties of Education & Social Sciences, Sport &
Health Sciences and Language & Creative Arts.
• Student Union raised concerns about number of
students having to choose between sport &
• Deans/Staff want to encourage participation in
sport but concerned about student achievement.
• Timetable already over-stressed.
The proposed solution
1. Introduce lecture capture to record all
2. Make these available online for student
• This process identified two key requirements:
– Automation: no-clicks approach
– Integration: delivered via VLE
• Additional requirements included:
– Screen capture + voice
– Scheduling tool
• Spoke to other institutions who had already
adopted lecture capture.
• Honest opinions and experiences.
• Advice about in-room setups & automation.
Selection & Procurement
• Used needs analysis to select preferred solution:
• Had useful discussions with their sales &
• Purchased a single year, hosted, licence.
• Campus-wide licence to allow for maximum
engagement from staff.
The pilot: what we did
• Identified the most heavily used room on campus
• Used existing in-room laptop.
• Purchased in-ceiling microphone + USB amplifier
• Contacted staff directly + announcement on
• Uptake low but workable for pilot.
The pilot: lessons learnt
– Performance issues with existing laptop.
– Distortion issues with some staff.
– Amended laptop requirement for rooms.
– Tweaked volume settings on mixer.
The shopping list
• Lenovo i5 laptop = £740.00
• Behringer Xenyx 302 mixer = £54.00
• AKG C-562-CM mic = £130.00
• XLR M-F 10m cable = £7.00
• Total = £941.00 per room
+ 1-2 hours installation + testing
Where are we now?
• Branding our lecture capture system ‘REPLAY’
• 16 rooms are now ‘REPLAY Ready’.
• Draft lecture capture policy + guidance making way
• Testing MIS integration to automatically schedule
• All campus rooms (circa 60) for next academic
• Fully developed MIS integration.
• Capture all timetabled lectures.
• Move to a deployed in-house solution in 2015/16
to remove high content capture/stream costs.