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Whether you deliver your courses in a blended learning format, a flipped class or fully online, content authoring tools such as TechSmith Relay (PC, Mac,mobile) and Doceri (iPad app) are incredibly valuable resources to enhance instruction and support your students’ learning outside of the classroom. These asynchronous technologies offer students the ability to learn at their own pace - using the pause, rewind and replay - to access the material when, and as often as needed. The increasing use of mobile technologies makes it possible for students to access these resources on their smartphones or tablets, offering real-time demonstrations and support for students conducting field research or service learning.

There are a variety of lecture capture tools available for instructors at CSUSM, starting with TechSmith Relay, a simple software tool installed on your computer,  all the way through studio recording or special classrooms configured with video capture technology that allows the instructor to automatically record their lecture presentation to publish online for later review by students.

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Learning is a social process and effective communication is a necessary pre-requisite for effective collaborative learning. Video conferencing software like Zoom provides a means for students, instructors and colleagues to see and hear each other in a virtual environment. In an online environment, this immediate, two-way communication can enhance community-building, support information-sharing and project planning.  Zoom is a video-conferencing tool much like GoToMeeting, and is freelay available to CSUSM faculty and students using their CSUSM logins.

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The Media Services Group can help you with studio or classroom recording.

Related research, best practices and other resources

Get Ideas and See Examples from CSUSM Instructors and Staff

7 Things You Should Know About Lecture Capture, Educause article

PowerPoint and Other Alternatives


PowerPoint is by far the most popular tool for creating presentations and you'll likely use it as the "raw material" for at least some of your lecture captures.  Prezi, often described as "PowerPoint on steroids", is also popular. (See Research and Resources for more free tools.)

Whichever tool you use, the design of your presentation can either promote or hinder learning.  Cognitive psychologists Richard Mayer and Ruth Clark have researched and written an excellent book about principles of multimedia learning and cognitive load that can guide your design. "E-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning", is available as an ebook in the CSUSM library.

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