Lecture Capturing – Getting Started

Filed in Announcements by on August 3, 2017

Lecture capturing is a service offered through the Academic Technology Center at WPI. While the word “capturing” connotes active pursuit, it’s really somewhat passive. It just means having your lecture recorded.  This post explains how it’s done here at WPI.

When you “capture” a lecture, you can record the graphics, video and audio that are associated with your lecture. You can capture your lectures in a WPI classroom or remotely, via software.

If you’re in a lecture-capture enabled classroom (list below) you’ll be able to capture whatever is sourced through to the projector screen. Some WPI classrooms have two projectors. If that’s the case for your classroom, please make sure that whatever you want captured by the system is sourced through to the right projector on the podium control panel.

The video component of the capture comes from the ceiling-mounted camera. It’s a non-adjustable wide shot. It features the instructor and the podium and some space on either side.

Can your viewers see what you’ve written on the chalkboard or whiteboard? No. They can’t. The image is too wide for that. If you feel that your writing is necessary to share with students, you can use the document camera in the room and source that to the projector. Then your writing will be recorded on the capture.

Currently, WPI has 26 locations on campus with the capability to record lectures. Here is a list:

WPI Main Campus
Atwater Kent 116
Atwater Kent 219
Atwater Kent 233
Fuller Labs, Lower Perrault
Fuller Labs, Upper Perrault
Fuller Labs, room 320
Goddard Hall, room 227
Higgins Labs, room 031
Higgins Labs, room 116
Higgins Labs, room 202
Higgins Labs, room 218
Kaven Hall, room 116
Kaven Hall, room 202 (display only)
Olin Hall, room 107
Olin Hall, room 109
Olin Hall, room 218
Olin Hall, room 223
Salisbury Labs, room 104
Salisbury Labs, room 115
Salisbury Labs, room 305
Salisbury Labs, room 411
Stratton Hall, room 106
Stratton Hall, room 202
Stratton Hall, room 308
Washburn Shops, room 229
Washburn Shops, room 323

Gateway Park
50 Prescott St. (Gateway II): room 1226
60 Prescott St. (Gateway I): room 1002

Like all classrooms on campus, the rooms listed above have their own computers. If you prefer to use your own, you may bring in your laptop. Most classrooms have an HDMI cable that can be connected to your laptop. To enable your laptop to be recorded, make sure to route the HDMI connection into the appropriate projector. This way your laptop will display into the room and via the recording for students to watch later.

Once you know you want to record your lectures you should make sure that your course is meeting in one of the rooms listed above.

Then, the next step is to fill out the form located below. This form collects the information we need to get the system set up for you. For instance, on the basis of your form we can know what kind of microphones are available for you to use in the room you are in. If you plan on being a repeated capturer of lectures, you might want to bookmark it.


Whether you are recording from a classroom or from the privacy of your office or home, you still need to fill out the form above. Once the Academic Technology Center receives your information, we will talk to you about next steps.

If you have any questions about getting started with lecture capturing at WPI, please let us know by emailing atc-ttl@wpi.edu.

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Sophie Jagannathan is an Instructional Technology Specialist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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