Chabot College

Committee on Online Learning (COOL)

Tegrity Lecture Capture System Trial Opportunity

Scott Hildreth



For Spring semester 2009, Chabot has been offered the chance for up to five (5) faculty colleagues to try out the Tegrity lecture capture system, for free, with unlimited hosting of anything we record and upload, and unlimited access by our students to that material.  With the support of the COOL team, led by Jan Novak, and Tom Clark, Dean of Applied Technology and Business, we have been able to support Ashley Long in Machine Tool Technology, Trish Shannon in Philosophy, Veronica Martinez in Philosophy, Cedric Pounds in Digital Media, and Wanda Wong in Business/Computer Science.


What is Tegrity?


Tegrity ( is a software-based “lecture capture” system.  Running on a PC (or Mac) in a classroom, anything that can be shown on, or captured by, the computer in a lecture is bundled, uploaded to an external server, and made available to students for viewing and searching from any computer, anywhere, anytime after the lecture.  Think of it like an automated audio/video “podcast” of your lecture.


The search facility is especially interesting, as it allows students to skip forward or backward within a lecture to find *any* mention in print of any term or concept that has been captured.   So if –  about 30 minutes into a lecture – you show a PowerPoint slide with a key term, or access a website with that term in the text, students accessing your recorded lecture later can search on the term and go right to that point in the playback.  (Please note, though, that this isn’t yet a system where what you say in lecture is captured and then converted to text.  That could be done here, but would require additional software and processing.) 


In essence, Tegrity will record your lecture on a computer, and make the entire lecture available online.


Possible input that can be captured include:

  • all powerpoint slides or webpages that you might show, or any other computer application
  • audio through a simple microphone (either a wireless mike you hold or wear, or a desktop mike
  • video through a webcam, either of you lecturing, of your students, or both if you have two cameras and the ability to connect two cameras to USB interfaces on a computer.
  • VCR or DVD video routed through the computer



Why should this be of use to me, or my students?


As we explore ways to improve student retention and learning, incorporating smarter and more capable technologies may play a positive role.  Capturing lectures for later playback allows students who were present to review the content before assignments or exams. And students who were absent will be able to see and hear what went on during class.   Tegrity’s website ( shares information and articles about how their lecture capture system has improved student retention.



What will my students have to do?


Students in your class will be able to login to Tegrity’s server, link to your class (only), and click on the link for a lecture you have uploaded.   They can also get a podcast that can be delivered through iTunes, or listen to the MP3 file only, or subscribe to a direct “feed” if you choose to publish your work in that way.




How can we assess whether the system is worthwhile?


To assess the relative value of Tegrity’s system for our students, you’ll want to explore how many students used it for a particular lecture, and for what purpose, as well as whether absent students took advantage of the stored content.  Soliciting feedback through surveys, extra credit, or direct credit assignments, could be worth considering.  We are committed to providing feedback for participation in the trial.



What equipment is required?


If all you want to capture was audio from a lecture, just a microphone is required, and the COOL team will provide that for you.  If you want to capture video, a webcam of some kind, or a digital movie camera that has direct input into the computer, will be needed.  We’ll provide a webcam, too.  A summary of the Tegrity Technical requirements to capture and playback information is linked here.


In the classroom, a live web connection (direct or wireless) is needed.



Must I have PowerPoint lectures ready?  Could I just capture my chalkboard work?


Not necessarily – there is no “one” right way to use this system.  While taking a narrated PowerPoint lecture and putting it up on a streaming server is perhaps the easiest model to picture, Tegrity would allow the audio and video capture of a traditional chalkboard lecture with proper placement of a webcam. 



What happens to the content that is uploaded?


Content that we create and upload is the property of the instructor – it won’t be used or shown to other students or faculty.  It can’t be accessed by anyone other than your students.  It will be deleted after the trial ends.  But it could be archived on a local disk for future re-use if it turns out that Tegrity offers a solution we want to pursue across the campus.



The trial may be free, but how much TIME will it cost?


For a properly configured laptop or smart-classroom computer, faculty initially login to start a session, hit a “start recording” button when ready, “pause” as necessary during the lecture if there are conversations or interludes of student work you didn’t want to capture, and then, when complete, hit a “stop recording” button.  The content stream is assembled, and can be then uploaded to the Tegrity server in the background (so that the computer still might be used for other tasks.)


The real time involved will be first in thinking how you might use it, and second in how you might survey yours students to see if they took advantage of your lecture.  But as with any technology, it will probably take a bit of practice including using the audio, positioning a webcam (if used), etc. to get things right. 


If you don’t already have PowerPoint lectures or webpage lectures ready, you still can consider how the system might work for you without designing entire PowerPoint lectures from scratch.



How will this fit into our campus’ future plans for capture lectures?


If the trial is successful, our COOL will advocate for a much broader trial next Fall.  If we decide that Tegrity holds promise, other features like automated upload of lectures into our iTunes University and Blackboard, and integration with Banner, are also available.  If you are interested in participating, please email Scott Hildreth ( as soon as possible. 



How can I check out examples of what colleagues develop?


Access our demonstration site: and use the login id of “chabot  and password of “tegrity” and you can see examples that faculty have selected and moved to this shared area. 




DeAngelis, Kristin. (2008) Lecture Capture: Student Opinion and Implementation Strategies. University of North Caroline Charlotte Center for Teaching & Learning. Accessed 5/6/09 from


Great student opinion research excerpts, and best practice suggestions.


7 Things You Should Know About Lecture Capture. (2008) Educause Learning Initiative. Accessed 5/6/09 from   


The basic introduction to Lecture Capture.


McClure, Ann. (2008) Lecture Capture - A Fresh Look.  University Business  Accessed 5/6/09 from  


A nice summary of systems and reasons why institutions might consider them. 



A Selection of Articles on Lecture Capture in General


Burdet, Benoît, Bontron, Cédric, and Burgi,Pierre-Yves (2007) Lecture Capture: What Can Be Automated? Educause Quarterly. Vol. 30. No. 2.  Accessed 3/18/09 from

Chapman, Chris. (2008, Oct. 2) Digital Lecture Recording and Distribution at the University of Michigan Medical School.  University of Michigan. Accessed 3/18/09 from


Traphagan, Tomoko.(2005, Oct. 24) Class Lecture Webcasting, Fall 2004 and Spring 2005:

A Case Study. Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment. The University of Texas at Austin.

Accessed 3/18/09 from


UNC School of Medicine. (2008, Apr. 15)  Lecture Capture. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Accessed 3/18/09 from



Van Leeuwen, Peter. (2009) Distance Education at Hodges University: A Phenomenon Here to Stay.  The Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce Business Articles.  Accessed 3/18/09 from





Last Updated: 4/23/09

Scott Hildreth

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