Administrators and professors in Baruch’s Zicklin School of Business (at City University of New York) have found that making digital video recordings of lectures available online can help undergraduates succeed in large lecture courses, according to
a recent article
in the Chronicle of Higher Education. (You can’t access the story without an account and password.) Not surprisingly, Apple technology is being used.
Students can review a lecture, or catch up on one they missed, with the digital video recordings. Lectures are captured in Apple’s QuickTime format. Graduate assistants use Sorenson Media’s Squeeze to compress the QT lecture files and QT Pro to edit them.
Additionally, the college enhanced its video-recorded lectures this semester by creating chat rooms within each QuickTime movie so that students can talk online with their classmates while they review the lecture material, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. In addition to the video and audio tracks, the QuickTime files include URL tracks and text tracks, the article adds.
“Making digital-video recordings of lectures is one of several changes that the college began introducing three years ago in an effort to improve students’ academic performance in microeconomics and macroeconomics, which more than 1,000 students enroll in every year,” the Chronicle of Higher Education says.