Lecturecast is an automated system for recording lectures and subsequently making them available via the web. Lecturecast is the chosen service name for the UCL installation of the Echo360 system.
The Lecturecast system is designed primarily for the automated recording of the lectures - it does this well. Activities other than lectures, e.g. Panel Discussions, Conference proceedings etc., may or may not record well using the system - we do not recommend its use for events where production values need to be high; it's very important if you are considering a recording of this type that you review the detailed FAQ and fully understand the limitations of the system in this context:
NB:currently the booking of special captures - e.g out of hours events, conference proceedings etc will not be supported.
Given the potential for recording failure, we strongly advise that lecturers make clear to students the system should not be relied on as a replacement for lecture attendance.
What do students think?
"Because I am an international student and sometimes I could not hear and understand clearly. Also since the lectures given by my lecturer are fantastic! It will be great if we can listen to the lectures again for better understanding of the topics!"
"I think it relates well to different styles of learning- a great many people find they retain information better if they are able to visualise a lecturer saying it, for example. If more material was available, there would be a more diverse range of revision options other than just textbooks and hastily written lecture notes".
UCL Student Podcast Survey 2009.
(With kind permission of Dr Andrea Townsend-Nicholson)
The system captures all material that is sent to the room's projector from any connected device (e.g PowerPoint slides from an attached laptop, hand written notes or objects held under a visualiser); audio is captured from the room's microphone system via a lapel microphone and video of the presentation area (i.e the lecturer or presenter) is captured via a small fixed position camera.
Where can I use lecturecast?
Currently there are systems installed in:
* Rooms marked with a '*' do not currently contain a video camera but can record audio and presentation/projector content. Video cameras for these rooms will be installed as soon as possible
These systems are available for use now. If you are due to deliver lectures in any of the spaces above and would like your lecture(s) recorded, please contact E-Learning Environments.
Expansion into other teaching spaces
current time deployment is restricted a number of centrally bookable
lecture theatres. However if your department or faculty has a teaching
space in which you would like to have a capture system installed please
contact the project management team, as devices purchased by
faculties/departments will be supported centrally. For example,
Electrical Engineering have installed into one of their teaching spaces
in 66-72 Gower Street; this device will use the centralised architecture
to host and deliver content and user support through ELE; the faculty
is responsible for the hardware costs and for in room audio visual
support. All license costs are covered by the existing UCL site Licence
Bookings may be made via the link at the end of this section.
Points to be aware of are;
- Allow 3 days for bookings to be processed. Most portico related bookings are automatically created immediately, but in some instances this won't be possible and the booking will automatically revert to a manual process. All bookings not associated with current portico registered modules are made manually and require 3 days notice.
- It is essential that the space in which the recording is to take place has already been booked and confirmed. (see the location list)
- Any member of staff can book a recording but will not be able to access the Lecturecast admin interface (to edit and make recordings available) until they have completed the Introduction to Lecturecast training.
- If you have 10 or more separate, non-repeating* bookings to request you can send the information in a spreadsheet to email@example.com
- If the presenter is a guest and not UCL staff, they will need to sign a disclaimer form. (Completed forms are to be kept with the department)
- Recordings for MBBS programmes cannot be made via the link below but are made using the MBBS booking template.
If this is the first time you've used the Lecturecast system we strongly recommend taking a few minutes to read the Lecturecast FAQs.
If you have any other questions about Lecturecast please email E-Learning Environments (ELE) on firstname.lastname@example.org
The Automation of booking is in its first phase of development currently bookings may be made but not amended - please ensure that the details you enter in the booking form are correct before you submit them.
EchoCapture Personal software is already available to any UCL academic staff with an existing account on the Lecturecast service at UCL. The software allows a personal computer/laptop to be used as a recording device to capture anything that is happening on the computer screen along with an audio commentary and optionally a 'talking head' recorded via a webcam. Once recordings have been uploaded to the Echo System Server (ESS) they can, like recordings made in LC equipped theatre spaces, be made available as streamed and downloadable versions.
If you don't already have an account on the Lecturecast system but would like to try desktop recording using Echo capture software you can apply for an account and test module* to be set up by following the link to this form
* If you don't have at least one module, test or otherwise, on the Lecturecast system, the link that allows you to download the latest personal capture software will not be available to you when you log into Lecturecast.
Note in order to publish content into live modules staff need to complete either a face-to-face or on-line training in the use of the Lecturecast system - access the online Moodle training course here