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At a Glance

  • Record classroom lectures
  • Schedule automatic classroom lecture captures
  • Record audio and video from webcam and microphone
  • Record activity on computer screen
  • Students can review lectures, asynchronously
  • Some classrooms have live-streaming capability


KU Information Technology provides Lecture Capture service, powered by Echo360. This service enables faculty to schedule automatic recordings of lectures or presentations or create ad hoc captures. This provides students with a powerful tool that can be used for review, to supplement materials covered in class, or to provide instruction that is entirely web-based. The captured recordings can be viewed via a web browser and/or can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device.

How To Get Started

For more information visit the Technology website or call IT Classroom Support at 864-1200.

Additional Resources

More information can be found at the Echo 360 website. To request a demo of this technology please contact KU Media Production Studio at 864-6425 or itmps@ku.edu.

Use Cases

Excused Absences:

Instructors do not have to post every lecture online for students to view. Lecture Capture allows instructors to record lectures to be viewed only by students whom have excused absences. This allows students to stay current with the class lectures even if they have to be gone. The instructor has full control over which lectures get published and which lectures do not.

Instructor Absence:

Instructors anticipating canceled class sessions can record lectures in advance of their absence and post for students to view.

Publish Everything:

Lecture Capture provides a common place for instructors to post all of their lectures online for students to view. Whether you choose to publish to Blackboard or to a web site, Lecture Capture provides an opportunity for students to review lectures they heard in class, make notes and get clarification on topics in the lecture.


Recording lectures is a great way to review teaching techniques and presentation. Instructors can evaluate themselves easily by watching themselves lecture. The EchoCenter Player features heat-mapping, time-stamped discussion boards and bookmarking which can assist in marking trouble spots in lectures and helping you redesign your course for the next semester.


Accessibility is a major concern when moving course content online. Use this service to capture in-class sign language translators so that students with a hearing impairment can still use the courses online content. Students will see the slides or other course content while also seeing a video window of sign language translators. Closed captioning is available with this service.

Flip The Classroom:

Use Personal Capture to record lectures, upload them before class and require students to view before arriving. This allows time during class to work problems together, review concepts and apply learned material from the lecture.

Fully asynchronous Courses:

Record lectures via Personal Capture or re-use lectures that have already been created to create a course that is fully online.

Live Stream Courses:

If you are teaching in a classroom in which there is a SafeCapture HD appliance installed you can live-stream your courses for students or others to view in real time.

Synchronous Distance Learning Alternative:

If teaching in a classroom in which there is a SafeCapture HD installed you can live-stream your course and provide a phone for students to call if they have questions. This tends to work much better in smaller classes but is a viable option if video conferencing gear is not available.

Create Pre-class Videos:

Use Personal Capture to create short 5- 10 minutes videos for students to view before class. Record an introduction to your course and post it to Blackboard, introducing your students to the syllabus and other topics that will be discussed during the course. This is a great way to update students on coming material or introduce them to ideas that will be discussed during the coming class.

Consulting Resources

KU IT Educational Technologists provide insight and expertise in helping you choose the most effective tools and resources to meet your teaching and technology needs and achieve your desired outcome. Please contact us at 864-2600 or ITEdTech@ku.edu.

The KU Center for Online and Distance Learning provides instructional design and course development services to help faculty with hybrid and online courses.  Contact them for an appointment to discuss your course project at 864-1000 or onlinelearning@ku.edu.

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