Recording Lectures: Services & Techniques

CITL offers a number of lecture recording services that instructors can avail of on campus. CITL also supports instructors who prefer to record lectures on their own devices by providing software and video hosting space for video lectures. This resource reviews the array of available on-campus and do-it-yourself recording options.

On-Campus Recording Options

If you wish to record your on-campus classes or events and later share the recordings with students, you can avail of one of the two options below (click each to expand).

1. Classroom Studio

If you are looking for a highly supported approach, CITL’s specialized Classroom Studio may be your best option. Using familiar classroom technology, a CITL video production expert will record your lectures and upload them to CITL’s video hosting server. You can then embed your videos into your Brightspace course site.

You can learn more and schedule a session on our Classroom Studio homepage.

2. Lecture Capture Classrooms

CITL also offers Lecture Capture technology for recording of in-person lectures using specialized classrooms across campus. Lecture Capture records a small video image of the instructor, the instructor’s voice, and all information projected through the data projector. Links to recordings created using Lecture Capture automatically show up in your Brightspace course site.

Lecture Capture is available in multiple classrooms around the St. John’s and Grenfell campuses.

For more information on Lecture Capture and to see a list of Lecture Capture enabled classrooms, please visit this resource.

Do-It-Yourself Recording Options

If you prefer a do-it-yourself approach, you can record your lectures on your own device. If you generate video files on your own computer, you should upload them through CITL’s video upload service in the Brightspace dashboard. You can then embed the videos into any of your Brightspace course sites.

The list below highlights some of the software and services you can use to record your own lectures. NOTE: Some of the options below do not require managing video files.

1. Online Rooms in Brightspace

Online Rooms is an easy tool for recording lectures and sharing them with students – all within Brightspace. Because Online Rooms is fully integrated with Brightspace, there is no need for external tools or software to make your recordings, and there are no video files to manage. Once you record a lecture in the Online Rooms, a URL link is generated for the recording, so you can easily copy and share it in your Brightspace course site.

For more information on recording lectures in Online Rooms, please visit this resource.

Pros:

  • Videos created and shared in Brightspace – no need for external tools
  • Screen, audio, and webcam can be shared easily
  • Generates a URL link for easy sharing

Cons:

  • Cannot automatically generate closed captioning
  • Cannot easily edit the resulting video

2. Webex

Memorial University has acquired an enterprise Webex license that is available to all instructors and staff at Memorial. While Webex is traditionally viewed as a synchronous meeting or teaching platform, it can also be used for lecture recording.

Using your Personal Room, you can launch a Webex session, configure your environment, and record your session using the built-in tools within Webex (audio, webcam, screen sharing). A transcript can be automatically generated for your file.

The resulting video file can be saved to the Webex cloud, and A URL link along with a password will be generated for your recording. You can then share the link and password with students in your Brightspace course. Alternatively, you can save the video file to your computer for further editing with your own editing software.

To learn more about recording with Webex and transcriptions, visit this resource.

Pros:

  • Can automatically generate closed captioning files and a transcript for your recording
  • Can share screen, audio, and webcam easily

Cons:

  • Password required for shared links to recording
  • Cannot easily edit the resulting video

3. Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic is a screen recording software that allows instructors to easily record content from their computer as well as their audio, and optionally video. Memorial has procured a limited amount of Screencast-O-Matic licenses that can be used by instructors for creating content for their courses.

Screencast-O-Matic includes annotation tools, a video editor, and special effects that can be used to make your videos more dynamic. Screencast-O-Matic can also generate transcripts of your video using Google’s speech-to-text engine, and you have the ability to edit the transcripts for accuracy. You can publish these as open or closed captions for your video file.

Once a video is created, it can be uploaded to CITL’s video upload service, and then easily embedded into your Brightspace course sites.

To learn more about Screencast-O-Matic, how to request a license, start using the software, and host your resulting video, visit this resource.

Pros:

  • Can generate a transcript automatically
  • Can share screen, audio, and webcam easily
  • Built-in video editor for basic editing

Cons:

  • Generating a transcript can be time consuming
  • Additional work required to export closed captioning files for external players

4. Microsoft PowerPoint (Microsoft/Office 365 Version)

While Microsoft PowerPoint is primarily designed to create presentations, it can allow you to add audio/video narration to your slides as well as screen recordings from your desktop or an application, and you can then export this finished presentation as a video. This is an easy path for content creation if the bulk of your lectures already have PowerPoint presentations as a visual aid.

Once a video is created, it can be uploaded to CITL’s video upload service, and then easily embedded into your Brightspace course sites.

To learn more about recording your screen and narrations in PowerPoint, visit Microsoft Support.

Pros:

  • An easy way to turn existing PowerPoint presentations into videos
  • Can share screen, audio, and webcam easily
  • Can automatically generate closed captioning

Cons:

  • Camera support only available in Office/Microsoft 365 version of PowerPoint

5. Logitech Capture

Logitech Capture is an all-in-one content software solution that supports multiple cameras and the ability to record your desktop or an application, and studio-like controls such as streaming options, live text overlays and camera customization. Since a major portion of its workflow revolves around live streaming, it is designed for you to do all of your content creation, source switching and effects in real time without the need to edit after the fact.

Once a video is created, it can be uploaded to CITL’s video upload service, and then easily embedded into your Brightspace course sites.

To learn more about Logitech Capture, visit the product site or this overview video.

Pros:

  • Multi-camera support
  • Can share screen, audio, and webcam easily
  • Live text overlays
  • Camera customization

Cons:

  • Only works with compatible Logitech webcams
  • No transcription options

6. Apple MacOS Screen Recording

If you are using a MacOS computer such as an iMac or Macbook, you can record your screen with the built-in Quicktime Player. This will allow you to record your screen and narrate with your microphone without any additional software.

Once a video is created, it can be uploaded to CITL’s video upload service, and then easily embedded into your Brightspace course sites.

To learn more about MacOS screen recording, visit the Apple Support article on this topic or watch this overview video.

Pros:

  • No additional software required

Cons:

7. Apple iOS Screen Recording

If you are using a iOS device such as an iPhone or iPad, you can record your screen using the built-in widget. This will allow you to record your screen and narrate with the built-in or external microphone without any additional software. This is a good option if you need to demonstrate particular iOS apps and their behaviour, or wish to leverage a touchscreen device for annotation.

Once a video is created, it can be uploaded to CITL’s video upload service, and then easily embedded into your Brightspace course sites.

To learn more about recording your screen on an iOS device, visit Apple Support.

Pros:

  • Easy way to record mobile apps
  • Easy way to leverage annotation

Cons:

  • Does not record built-in camera
  • No transcription options
  • Video may need to be transferred to a computer before it can be uploaded to our upload service