Lecture capture project captures student talent
(23 October 2018)
Durham students have been instrumental in the development of Encore, the University’s new lecture capture system, which will be implemented in teaching spaces over the next few months.
The introduction of Encore has been popularly supported by students and the University has been working closely with the Durham Students’ Union on the project since 2014.
Engineering students Samuel Armitt and Adam Hizzey, both entering their third year, were challenged to develop a light indicator, through which recordings could be started, paused and stopped. The indicator required coloured lights to display the status of the recording to both students and staff.
Sam and Adam commented: “This was a brilliant opportunity to use our skills to contribute to an important project for the University, which many students will directly benefit from.”
Students were also involved from an early stage in the strategic development of the project, which included market research and communications planning. Ellen Feng, Milly Atkinson-Handley and Alexander Hewitt were part of a working group who helped to develop Encore’s distinctive visual identity, as well as creating content for the website.
Professor Alan Houston, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) commented: “We are incredibly grateful for the role that students have played in the launch of Encore. They have demonstrated real professionalism and technical skill.”
Lecture capture will enable teaching staff to record audio and any content shown via the digital projector during a lecture. These recordings will then be made available to students on the University’s virtual learning environment, duo.
The provision of Encore will provide an additional study aid for students, support students whose first language is not English, and assist students with particular needs and conditions.
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