US university automates classroom capture

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The US based Northern Iowa university is deploying a classroom capture system to record lectures and make them available via the Internet not only to provide access for the university's students but also for an audience of K-12 teachers who will use the content to further their professional development.

The system, initially deployed in the College of Natural Science, Sociology and Behavioral Sciences and the College of Education at the university, as part of two grant programs funded through the National Science Foundation and the Department of Defense. The universtiy provides K-12 education and certification through its Center for Education in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. Also distance education certification in math is also available for teachers stationed at United States military bases around the world. Learners have been able to watch lectures, participate in chat sessions, and send e-mails to instructors during the live lectures. The university is using a combination of classroom capture tools to automate lecture recording and publish lectures online. These include Accordent Capture Station, a classroom tool that integrates with existing display and interactive tools. Published material is also available on the university's intranet and through its LMS which allows access to both live and archived materials.

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