New College of Florida has received a $27,135 grant from the Duckwall Foundation to install lecture capture equipment in Chae Auditorium.
The equipment includes a high-definition video camera and control system, a document camera, a digital media presentation system, including a new projector and screen, wireless microphones and improved lighting.
The College hopes to embrace the “flipped classroom” concept, where a faculty member pre-records a lecture for students to watch before attending class. The classroom time can then be used for discussion and questions of the material covered in the lecture. Instructors using the concept say students are more engaged, have a deeper understanding of the material presented and experience better retention.
In the grant application, New College reported several faculty members are already embracing the concept. “I recently decided to try lecture capture as an instructor and in so doing I have developed a deep appreciation for the power of the technology to transform the learning environment,” mathematics professor Patrick McDonald was quoted as saying. “Lecture capture, properly employed, changes the game for everyone. That’s exciting.”