Lecture capturing refers to any technology-mediated process that allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms and make those recordings available digitally. Lecture capture systems are used to describe a wide array of software, system capabilities and hardware that can simultaneously record the audio and/or video from a presentation or lecture, and often the computer output (e.g., PowerPoint slides) as well. The system can be automated or semi-automated. The combined sources are bundled into an archive or product that can be viewed (streamed) or downloaded to any computer with a connection to the Internet.
Many divisions and units at the University of Toronto have expressed a desire to do lecture capturing (in fact, many have already begun doing this). While some units and even some individual instructors have expressed some unique needs, across the whole University there clearly exists a number of common needs and objectives that could lead to the deployment of a common, base lecture-capturing solution, that could be augmented by a unit or instructor as needed. In particular, Accessibility Services of the University would greatly benefit from having access to lecture capture solutions in support of their mandate.
The goal of this project is to investigate the required functionality for lecture capturing at the University of Toronto, with the possibility of finding a common standard.