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Faculty member using TechSmith's Relay tool. Faculty member using TechSmith's Relay tool.

Extending Live Lectures to Mobile Devices

New tools help engage students in and out of the classroom.
By Stefanie Banks

Learning in large lecture halls has benefits and setbacks. Common concerns among students are the speed at which professors teach, and trying to remember all of the content.
In 2011, San Diego State University began to use Mediasite — a schedule-based capture program for recording, archiving and live streaming lectures — to lessen this burden.
“Mediasite is web-based and fully integrated with Blackboard” said James Frazee, director of instructional technology services and senior academic technology officer at SDSU.

For review later

The system allows professors to record a video of them delivering their lectures; it also includes any sources the instructor sends to the in-room data projector (e.g., computer, DVD, document camera). It then automatically uploads it to Blackboard for students to review.

With Mediasite, faculty can also see who has watched their videos and how much of each video they viewed. There are positive takeaways for both professors and students.
Beverly Carlson, assistant professor and graduate adviser in SDSU's School of Nursing, uses Mediasite to capture lectures for the nursing capstone class. “The class that I teach is in the final semester of the whole nursing program,” Carlson said. “Capturing the information for the students is crucial not only for the exams and graduation, but for their state board exams to become registered nurses.”
Nursing student Michael Delgado uses the recorded lectures to review, but in class he follows along with the professor.
“You really need to just put your pencil down in class sometimes and just listen and get everything in,” he said. While studying, he follows the recorded lectures with his textbook to make sure everything “clicks."

Mediasite equipment is installed in many of the large lecture halls on campus and plans are in place to add this capability to more this summer.

In depth

Another lecture capture resource available for professors’ use is TechSmith, which allows professors to create videos from their computer, in the classroom or from their home or office. The videos can be embedded into faculty Blackboard courses and instructors can track learning in real-time with analytics. Faculty can also add quiz questions or open-ended responses and see results on-demand. 

Sandra Garver, a lecturer in biology, uses TechSmith to extend the classroom. When she lectures on the anatomy of bones, she is able to highlight a figure of a 3D bone for students, and point out specific areas to be aware of. She said students are more willing to ask questions about the video capture than a live lecture. 
Faculty seeking more information on these learning tools can contact Sean Hauze, instructional media developer at instructional technology services. He can be reached at or by phone at (619) 594-1348.