— Eli's inane rambling (@Eli_App_D) March 23, 2017
It’s always interesting how some TEL initiatives are pitched, sometimes we get it right, sometimes we get it wrong.
Lecture capture is one of those oops moments. It’s not new, it’s not something we are suddenly going to be doing, but because it’s just a part of teaching which has worked away quietly in the background for those who have chosen to use it, it feels like such a big deal now because so many parts of the institution staff have never been involved with or aware of the work that has been going on. The marketing pitch that has been used to “sell” things hasn’t helped, making it out to be so much more than it is. The big deal is more about the technical aspect of how we will make this available for those who chose to use it on such a large scale, how we will teach our students to make the best use of this as a learning tool and how as educators we will make the best use of it.
If all we do is record lectures and make them available, we are wasting a valuable opportunity to create new learning opportunities and work on new methods.
If we want to control how a technology is being used (pushed on us), we have to take ownership of it, we have to test it, tweak it, find areas where it is a benefit and show areas where it doesn’t work as hoped.