Effective Learning Driven by Technology: AIP Facilitates Lecture Capture to Empower the Learning Community at AAU

Feb 28, 2013 | Assam, India

Lecture capture technology is drawing the attention of instructors and students alike across the world. Although less than 10 years old, the lecture capture technology has come a long way in engaging the student community in meaningful and effective classroom training sessions. Lecture capture presents a win-win situation for the teachers and students alike–the former are better prepared with their lectures, and the latter have greater chances of learning better.

Students who have attended the classes prepared with the help of the technology feel that they learn better by attending the recorded live lecture and listening to it back and forth later, when they are free. Recorded lectures provide students with a sense of security; reduce their level of anxiety and enhance their overall satisfaction with courses. Students are more engaged in listening to the lectures and don’t worry about taking perfect notes.

Using lecture capture technology helps save faculty time as well since they have to deal with lesser number of students’ queries outside the class and they can prepare better for each class. Apart from these, lecture capture sessions promote active learning during class by having the lecture available for viewing before the class meetings and allow students to catch up with a missed lecture. Lecture capture technology offers students a new way to access organized course content. The technology enhances instructional activities and works especially well in areas where students need to view content repeatedly, especially where complex items are involved during discussions.

The Agricultural Innovation Partnership made concerted efforts to tap the benefits of lecture capture technology under its e-learning initiative. To successfully execute the project, AIP trained the faculty at Assam Agricultural University with the help of faculty from Cornell University and sponsored the necessary equipment, software and hardware required to initiate the lecture capture technology in the classrooms. As of now the University has 16 classrooms loaded with the facility. Prof. Gogoi, who has been actively involved in the AIP project and played a lead role in setting up the facility and arranging lecture capture sessions says, “We have started using the lecture capture technology a few weeks back. It’s a great technology because I can clearly perceive that in the future it will let me devote more time in research activities, take up trainings, brush up on my knowledge and guide my research students better. Once more colleagues start using the technology, it will empower us to move to the next level of research and teaching-learning activities.”

 Prasuti Kashyap, a student at Assam Agricultural University said, “The technology is immensely helpful because we can always go back to see exactly what the faculty said and it reduces a lot of stress associated with taking notes. At times when the teacher moves fast, the recordings come in handy as I can listen to the recordings again and make my own notes. At times when I miss my class, I go back to the video, watch the lecture and catch up.”

Shyam Cheng Konwar, another student at AAU, says, “lecture capture has enabled me and many of my classmates watch the lectures at our own pace, go anywhere in the presentation we wish to, stop, start, and repeat. These have given us added advantages that we could not experience earlier and a sense of confidence that we can now understand the lectures better and have better chances of improving our grades.”

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