John DeAngelo is affectionately known around our office as the “Godfather of lecture capture.”
We don’t throw that title around lightly. John, the director of educational technology services at the University of California San Francisco and former associate dean for information technology in Temple’s Fox School of Business, has put almost every lecture capture brand to the test. He was one of the first college-level CIOs in higher-ed, supervising the installations of some of the largest capture projects in the country.
He’s basically seen and used it all, outfitting hundreds of classrooms during his almost decade-long look into what works.
Last month John came to Sonic Foundry headquarters here in Madison, Wis. to share his expertise about classroom capture systems and how he uses Mediasite to impact faculty feedback and student outcomes.
In the spring of 2011 UCSF started a pilot lecture capture project with a vendor other than Mediasite. They did 11 installs and it took the school several months to get the program up and running. UCSF had a very high adoption rate from the department of medicine and the school of nursing and a high demand for streaming from other departments for things like special events and lectures. But John noticed some problems, especially the fact that the videos couldn’t be streamed to mobile devices.
“We learned that this particular vendor had no roadmap for mobility which caused real problems for us,” he said.
So he decided to submit RFPs for other vendors and ultimately went with Mediasite for its better management system and roadmap for mobility. (Mediasite 6 allows for live and on-demand streaming to mobile devices.)
“At UCSF we started in June 2011 with Mediasite. After installation, once we went live, every Mediasite box worked the next day. That was not the case with the preceding vendor. It took us a couple months to get it to work the way we wanted it to work.”
“It’s a school of roughly 3,500 graduate medical students and health professionals and in 10 months we recorded 2,050 presentations.”
There were 63,000 views on those presentations and 136,000 hours of viewing, which is an amazing feat. Compare that to when John was at Temple University using a different vendor for lecture capture.
Capture at Temple between July 2004 to 2006 (26 months) for 7,000 students resulted in 1,700 presentations.
Bottom line: UCSF records online classes faster with Mediasite over other lecture capture systems.
Faculty adoption of Mediasite lecture capture is very high. Basically all John had to do was ask them: “Would you like to come on board, do nothing, and we capture all your instruction?”It was just that easy.
“Many people obviously thought that was a win-win for them,” he said. “I think the value (of lecture capture) has been primarily on the student side of things. Students love capture. I’ve been struck by the degree by which it’s been embraced at UCSF medical school, but I understand why because the material that is taught in class is dense, very complex. The most valuable thing in a medical education is time. They just don’t have very much time,” he said.
Medical students need to be able to watch grand rounds, lectures, presentations by authors, etc.
“Capture affords them to time shift and say ‘Well, I’m going to miss this but I’ll watch it later,’ ” he said.
Students can also watch presentations over and over again for review. John said Mediasite is also being used for the flipped classroom approach. He suggests to faculty that an alternative to capturing the class is using the flipped model that allows them to record a lecture ahead of time, ask students to watch it outside of class and use the class time for valuable interaction with students.
Hundreds of people around the world tuned in for this live webcast. If you missed it or just want to see it again, click here to register and watch. You can also read more in our press release University of California San Francisco Webcasts Over Two Thousand Classes in 10 Months via Mediasite Lecture Capture Technology.