Lecture Capture as a Tool to Enhance Student Accessibility: A Canadian Case Study

Lecture Capture as a Tool to Enhance Student Accessibility: A Canadian Case Study

Susan Vajoczki (McMaster University, Canada) and Susan Watt (McMaster University, Canada)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1936-4.ch011
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Abstract

This case examines the incremental introduction of lecture-capture as a learning technology at a research-intensive university with the goal of addressing issues created by increases in both undergraduate enrolments and disability accommodation needs. This process began with podcasting lectures, leading ultimately to a lecture capture system with closed captioning. At each step, the changes were evaluated in terms of their impact on student learning, acceptability to students and faculty, and application to different disciplines. This evidence-based approach is in keeping with the research culture of the academy and has been helpful in advocating for budgetary support and encouraging faculty participation. As a result of this project, the authors unexpectedly gained substantial knowledge about the complexity of students’ lives, the impact of that complexity on their approach to learning, instructor misperceptions about the impact of this form of learning, the presence of many unreported disabilities, and the many different ways in which students used the system.

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