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Lecture Capture

Lecture capture is an umbrella term describing any technology that allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms and make it available digitally. Lecture capture can record audio, video, as well as what is on the screen of your computer (such as a PowerPoint presentation, or the use of a website during the lecture, etc.).

At Smith, we use Panopto. The recording software is installed on every classroom computer, or you can download the software to your personal computer. Recordings can be automatically loaded into your Moodle course.

Lecture capture can be used in a variety of ways. It can be an alternative to the face-to-face lecture when students miss class; it can be used to create short instructional videos for content review; and it can become content for online course development. Examples include:

Who is using lecture capture?

Kevin Shea is using lecture capture to create online tutorials, which answer common questions that his Chemistry students have about the material.

How Do I Get Started?

In order for students to view recordings in Moodle, you must add the Panopto block in your Moodle course.

All classroom computers are equipped with Panopto for recording in your classroom. If you would like to download Panopto on to your own device, see Download Panopto Recorder on Your Device.

For help with getting started recording videos with Panopto, see our other Panopto documentation. For additional assistance, contact

Additional Resources
Discussion boards for sharing information:

Educause 7 Things You Should Know About Lecture Capture,

Lecture Capture: A Guide to Effective Use. Erping Zhu.

Revised March 3, 2015