Missed a class, or wish you could relive it to retain more? Now,
thanks to UB's new course capture software, you can anytime.
Course capture software has been used by UB for several years
now, but as Matt Stock, Manager of Customer Assistance with Network
and Classroom Services (NCS) points out, “It wasn’t
reliable. The new system is much easier for both faculty and
students to use.”
Earlier this year, several products were evaluated and the
Echo360 software was put in place in time for the School of
Medicine’s arrival in August. It has many new features that
students will enjoy, including the ability to download and fast
forward, as long as the professor allows it. “The software
has more robust features and offers a better experience,”
Matt continued. “Professors will soon also be able to edit
videos after recording.”
Echo360’s software works on all devices and allows videos
to be published to YouTube and iTunes U. Students can access videos
through links under their courses in UBlearns. “In the
future, UB's course capture software could be used for training
videos and more,” Matt added.
Nearly a dozen video capture classrooms were upgraded over the
summer, but the hope is to update more spaces going forward.
“The new course capture software is very cost
effective,” Matt said.
The new software also offers analytics, allowing faculty to
track how many people have watched a video. Down the road, a
“personal capture” feature will be made available,
allowing faculty to record classes from a more mobile device like a
tablet, smartphone or tablet, instead of a stationary box.
A high-speed wired Internet connection is recommended for
streaming videos, so students living on campus are encouraged to
use ResNet. Learn more about UB’s course capture