Recording a Lecture in a Classroom

Posted October 4th, 2018 at 4:26 pm.

Bryn Mawr subscribes to a “lecture capture” service called Tegrity, which is designed to make it easy for people to record lectures and talks and post the recordings for others to view them. Tegrity can simultaneously capture audio and video of a person lecturing and a “screencast” of what they project overhead from the podium computer during a lecture. Recordings are automatically uploaded to Tegrity’s servers and can be shared with students via a course Moodle site or with viewers outside of a course via a public link.

Getting Ready to Record

Not all rooms are equipped for lecture capture. If you need to record a talk or classes, be sure to schedule the event or the course in a room that is:

  1. Go to the Technology Enhanced Classrooms web page
  2. Look up your building.
  3. Find a room that has a “Lecture Capture Camera” in the listing under Cameras/Mics.

Most lecture-style classrooms are equipped for lecture capture. Seminar-style classrooms and meeting rooms typically are not set up for lecture capture.

You will also need to have to have a Teacher role in a Moodle site in order to record lectures. (Any Moodle site will do, it doesn’t have to be an academic course-related site.) If you don’t have one already, please e-mail help@brynmawr.edu.

Starting a Recording

  1. Turn on the classroom computer and log in.
  2. Open any applications and files that you will use to during your lecture. For example, if you wanted to show PowerPoint slides, a web page, and an image in a PDF document, you would open your PowerPoint file, your web browser, and the PDF file.

Note: Tegrity will use all of the RAM, cache space, and processing power available when it is launched. Opening your presentation materials before opening Tegrity ensures that computer resources are reserved for those processes.

  1. Launch the Tegrity recorder. Either:
    • Double-click on the Tegrity icon (a blue circle with a white “t” inside it, below) in the system tray (PC) or Dock (Mac) — OR — 

 The Tegrity icon

    • Log in to Moodle, open a course in which you are a Teacher, click the Tegrity Campus link, and click the blue Start a Recording button.
      Image of the Tegrity block in Moodle

      The Tegrity Campus link in a Moodle course.

       

  1. If prompted to log in, log in use your normal Bryn Mawr username and password. If you are not prompted and someone else’s name is listed after “Hello” in recorder window, click Change User, and then log in.
  2. Choose the course you are recording to/for from the drop-down Course menu. (Wrong courses listed? Repeat step 4.)
  3. Give the recording a Title or use the default (recording day, date, and time).
  4. Check the audio levels by speaking and watching the microphone bar:
    • Move the slider bar to increase or decrease volume as needed.
    • If nothing shows up in the audio level window, click Settings and try different options on the Default audio source menu until you find one that works. Call Multimedia (x7449) if none do.
  5. Check the video settings:
    • Be sure the Instructor Video box is checked.
    • You should see the camera feed in the window above the checkbox.
    • If no video appears or the camera isn’t pointed where you need it, click Settings and try a different Default video source or re-position the camera using the onscreen controls. Call Multimedia (x7449) if none of the sources work.
  6. Tegrity automatically records a screencast of what is presented on the recording computer. You do not need to do anything to enable this and you cannot turn this off.
  7. When you are finished with set up, click Record a Class to start recording.

Tegrity will show you the Recording Tool Bar it places at the bottom of the screen during a recording; use this to pause or stop the recording.Image of the Tegrity Recording Tool Bar with pause, stop and volume marked.

Note: In many rooms, the video camera mounted in the ceiling is the only audio input source. In these cases, you will need to enable Instructor Video in order to record audio even if you only want a narrated screencast. 

For more detailed information, including how to use on-screen features during a recording, see Tegrity’s Instructors: Getting Started guide and Best Practices for Recording.

Stopping and Uploading the Recording

  • To end a recording, click stop in the Recording Tool Bar at the bottom of your screen.
  • In the dialog box that appears, choose Upload to upload the recording to the Tegrity server for streaming.
  • Lock the computer (Windows) or put it to sleep (Mac), but do not turn it off.

The recording will finish uploading in the background as long as the computer remains on and connected to the Internet. (Even if you log out and another user logs in.)

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