Recording Lectures & Presentations

  • All College of Engineering instructors have the option to make recordings of lectures or tutorials, allowing students to review and reinforce concepts outside of the classroom.
  • The College supports several methods for recording lectures and presentations, both inside the classroom and remotely.
  • The method used could depend on the type of recording, what is being recorded, where it is being made, and the intended audience.

The Lecture Capture Service

The College of Engineering Lecture Capture Service is the most automated and easy to use option, and is a good fit for most recordings that take place in a classroom. Most College of Engineering centrally-scheduled classrooms have built-in recorders, and more systems will be installed. It records video and audio of the instructor, as well as the image being shown on the projector. Students can view the recordings using a web browser or as podcast downloads. Instructors can easily manage their recordings via web browser, or using the M-Cam Mobile App.

Screen Recording Software

Screen recording can be used to create a video of anything shown on your computer screen, along with audio narration. One could record full lectures, but it is more commonly used for shorter recordings such as providing homework solutions or software tutorials. For example, the University offers access to Kaltura Capture, which is a software application providing webcam and/or screen recording capability for making instructional videos, which can then be published in U-M Canvas. The College also provides educational licenses for faculty to use Camtasia, a popular screen recording application that offers the ability to perform extensive editing and post-processing of recordings.

Producer-assisted Recording

For a more managed video, or in cases where a full-service recording service is required, instructors may choose to work with a producer, for example:

  • Arrange training for a GSI or teaching assistant to use the manual controls provided in the classroom’s lecture capture service
  • Hire an on-campus service such as Nexus or Michigan Media, with expertise for creating professionally produced videos