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Survey Highlights Growth of Video in Higher Ed, Optimism over OER

Kaltura, a leading provider of video content management systems for education, recently published a survey about growth in the use of video at Universities and Colleges. Some of the results are remarkable:

  • 93% of respondents believe that video has a positive impact on student satisfaction and 88% agree that it boosts student achievement levels.
  • 87% of respondents agree that online learning will grow in importance and acceptance.
  • 86% think that video helps with professional development and collaboration between educators.
  • 85% believe that the use of video as part of their resources toolkit increases teacher satisfaction.
  • 82% of respondents believe that video makes student onboarding easier and 76% feel that it increases student retention rates.

Read more of the summary here:

Survey Highlights Growth of Video in Higher Ed, Optimism over OER

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Vidcon: Transforming Education with Online Video

Is video the new teacher? Or is it simply the new textbook? Can video impact developing countries? Or not? Will women stop being harassed when they post on-line educational videos? What can we expect in the future for this medium?

Join this panel of professional practitioners in a wide-ranging discussion of video in education:

Vidcon: Transforming Education with Online Video

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Oregon State University – Lecture Capture Report

Oregon State University spent six months evaluating top-of-the-line lecture capture appliances and issued their final report. This is a well documented study with rankings based on criteria which they felt were critical given their years of experience with lecture capture. The full report is available as a download from this blog post (pdf).

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What’s a Classcorder?

A few years ago nobody knew what an “action cam” or “helmet cam” was, and now they’re so taken for granted that if you don’t have one or two in your car trunk you’re not up-to-date.

The developers behind Lecture Creator feel that our new LC series recorders are so new and feature rich that they, too, might launch a new product category in the industry. Why? These devices:

  • Serve as a hi-def camera with a wide range of interchangeable fixed, varifocal or zoom lenses.
  • Recording is done directly to a highly compressed MP4 file that may be uploaded directly to content sites.
  • The unit can live-stream concurrently while recording.
  • The files created can be automatically uploaded to content servers.
  • It’s simple to setup automatic scheduling for recording.
  • A variety of web and serial command interfaces enable control of the device.
  • It will even email you when you need some notifications.

These features are ideal for lecture capture, lecture creation, performance capture and event capture (as described in our post on Lecture Capture and Creation ).

So we’re looking for a good name to refer to this class of devices. There’s nothing like it on the market. There are some video-conference cameras that do streaming, but no recording or scheduling or uploads. Some security cameras are IP-Network based, but their feature set is aimed at a different market (face recognition or license plate reading). A term like “Video Recorder” shortchanges all this unit can do. How about “Classcorder” or “Lecture-Cam” or “Class-cam”?

We’re open to suggestions on names and feature lists. And tell us about similar products.