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ERIC Number: EJ958729
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
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ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Perceptions of Presentation Capture in Counselor Education
Gibson, Robert; Miller, Ann
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v34 n4 2011
Lecture/presentation capture is a gradually emerging technology at many colleges and universities and will likely increase in use because students prefer courses that offer online lectures over traditional classes that do not. Many capture products also allow faculty to segment and edit lectures, add/exchange notations, view lectures on mobile devices, and even provide blended input from a variety of audio-visual sources, such as digital drawing tablets and interactive whiteboards. However, the use of these capture systems is often limited to traditional classrooms where faculty both lecture and capture content simultaneously. The features built into these products are designed specifically for capturing PowerPoint and digital handwriting--stalwart didactic technologies. The emphasis of capture technology in these environments is simplicity, reliability, and adequacy in capturing and replaying lectures. Emporia State University (ESU) was initially interested in a capture system for a completely different learning application: a counselor education program. Counselor education is an academic discipline with roots in education, counseling, and other human services occupations. The primary focus is the training and preparation of academic professionals who will teach the curriculum of counseling theory and practice. The faculty had questions, however, regarding the ability of a classroom capture product to be repurposed for this very specific learning application. In addition to the need for discrete capture of counseling sessions, the students--many of whom live in remote locations--required access to the recordings while still maintaining HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Privacy Act) confidentiality. In addition, the program faculty required more than video capture--the ability to add interactive notations along with the video captures was an extremely important consideration in the feedback process. Features such as PowerPoint and screen capture were of no consequence in this application. Based on a small study conducted by the authors, lecture/presentation capture systems "can" be repurposed successfully for academic applications beyond traditional classroom instruction. Survey results from ESU clearly indicate that counselor education students and faculty find the technology both easy to use and academically beneficial. Future enhancements at ESU will include installation of various esthetic features that conceal the technology from the client's view, along with product upgrades that will improve universal access, such as automatic captioning. Captioning is important for students with hearing disabilities, regardless of whether they are assigned clients. This article describes ESU's positive experience in using lecture capture while maintaining strict privacy standards for counseling clients and student trainees. (Contains 14 figures, 1 table and 8 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act 1996