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Untethered Lecture Capture

The Provost’s Office has partnered with Academic Technology Services and Innovation (ATSI), the Office of the CIO, and the School of Nursing to offer resources and ongoing support for successful implementation of Untethered Lecture Capture (ULC) to enhance student learning.

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What is ULC?

Untethered Lecture Capture (ULC) provides an innovative, single-solution strategy enhancing student-faculty interactions (faculty are untethered from the podium), optimizing multimedia instructional principles, and providing reusable digital audiovisual (lecture capture) learning products to enhance student learning. 

The Research

Research among undergraduate students has revealed benefits associated with ULC.  Students reported less anxiety in class and the ability to focus more during live lecture because they knew that the digital audiovisual recordings were going to be available after class.  Lecture capture permitted students to engage in “self-paced” learning outside of class.  Students reported having a sense of “control” in their learning because they could revisit, listen, watch and re-watch specific segments of the lecture as much as was needed to rehearse and comprehend complex and difficult concepts (Groen, et al., 2016; Marchand, et al., 2013; Mayer, 2008; Nashash & Gunn, 2013). In addition, Nashash (2013) reported that non-native english speaking students benefitted from being able to review lecture capture recordings at their own pace – this reduced anxiety about keeping up with notes during class. 

The Literature

The literature also described perceived risks associated with ULC integration.  Faculty perceived that attendance might decline if lecture was digitally recorded and shared with students.  Multiple studies revealed that attendance did not decline when lecture capture was utilized.  (Groen, Quigley & Herry, 2016; Marchand, Pearson & Albon, 2014; Nashash & Gunn, 2013).  Instead, “students felt recordings were adjunct to and not a replacement for attending class” (Marchand, et al., 2014, p. 3). Fears about “public sharing” of digitally recorded lectures (Freed, et al., 2014) have also been reported.  Such risk is minimal at the University of Portland because digitally recorded lectures are uploaded onto Kaltura and access is restricted, protecting intellectual property and inhibiting un-agreed use of ULC media.

The ULC Project at UP

Participating faculty will receive an iPad with keyboard case, Apple Pencil, and instructional design education emphasizing principles related to the science of multimedia instruction.  Faculty members participating in the project will utilize the technology to capture lectures demonstrate integrating multimedia instructional principles within live lecture while utilizing ULC. 

If you decide to participate in the ULC project, you will be expected to commit to participating in initial and ongoing training (approximately 10 hours total). You must also commit to integrating ULC within one course during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Participants will also be expected to collect and share ULC project data with Sam Williams and Dr. Lorretta Krautscheid.  De-identified data will be shared with the Provost and disseminated through conference presentations and journal publications. More information about data points and collection procedures will be available in September 2017.    



Applicants write a 1 page essay addressing this prompt:

As a faculty member, you have experienced the Holy Cross mission at UP. In one page (single spaced), describe a) your understanding of what it means for you to collaborate on the ULC project at the University of Portland and b) how you foresee participation in this project will amplify your vocation as an educator.  The very nature of the project defies control and prediction, as we leave ample room for the scholarship of discovery and what it looks like to integrate ULC technology within UP classrooms and courses.  Thus, your application is not meant to be an action plan, but a reflection on your interest in the project and the possibilities of the journey. 

The application should acknowledge that the participant commits to the whole experience including:

  1. initial and ongoing training,
  2. integrating ULC within one course during 2017-2018, and
  3. participating in collecting and sharing data.



Review process: Applications will be reviewed by Sam Williams and Dr. Lorretta Krautscheid and applicants will receive notice of their participation by October 2, 2017.