Low-touch Lecture Capture

Easy to manage

Scheduled lectures in enabled teaching spaces are automatically captured and published to students.

Why JCU is moving to low-touch lecture capture:

  • Easy to use and manage: Simpler workflows and consistent behaviour provides more stability for students and less work for teaching staff.

  • Time saving: Less manual work for academics allows them more time to focus on other tasks.
  • Easy to support: Less steps and clearer actions to tasks, means JCU's support staff are in a better position to help out when things go wrong.
  • Faster capture and availability: Auto-published lecture capture speeds up the time they are made available to students. Low-touch Lecture Capture decreases the workload on the academics.
  • In-room controls: Controlling which lectures are captured and which are not is now controlled in the room.  All scheduled lectures, in enabled rooms, will be set up to record, but if there is an activity that should not be captured the in-room button will stop it. Academics, remember to let students know if you will be recording or stopping the recording of a lecture.
  • Clearer communication: Automated approaches means student advice is more consistent. For example: Captured Lectures are available a short while after they have been recorded. Just watching the recorded lecture is a fallback, if attendance is not possible; however, we recommend coming to lectures, taking notes, and asking questions.

Lecture capture, from SP2 onwards, follows a simple rule:

Lectures scheduled in the timetable in enabled teaching spaces are automatically captured. The recording is published to the subject's Panopto folder and made available in LearnJCU.

Instead of managing what is captured and who is responsible for the recording via the timetable system, the rule above, significantly decreases the workload for everyone involved.

Now the control of lecture capture are moved in-room:

  • Teaching staff can intervene to prevent a lecture being captured by using the control buttons in the room.
  • All teaching staff who are associated with the subject in the TRDB can make adjustments/edits or delete captured lectures for that subject. This brings captured lectures in line with other content within LearnJCU.

More detailed information on the exact mechanics of how Lecture Capture now works will be updated as the deployment for SP2 approaches.

In the room is where the

  • Wear a lapel microphone and/or use the roving microphone
  • Let your students know that a recording is being made and live-streamed
  • Let your students know that coming to a lecture is the best way to learn and that recordings are not guaranteed to be available
  • Advise your students if you intend on turning the lecture capture off
  • Follow the guidelines

Light 'on' means your lecture is being recorded

If you do not see the light come on you may have to opt for an ad-hoc lecture capture.


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The Remote Recorder is Previewing and is ready to begin Recording


The Remote Recorder is Recording


The Remote Recorder is Paused. It is still recording but an edit will be inserted


The Remote Recorder is Disconnected

How to operate the button

Control button

Starting a recording:

Pressing and holding the button for 3.5 seconds starts the next scheduled recording immediately. The light will turn green.

When no scheduled recording is upcoming an ad-hoc recording will be made.

Pausing a recording:

Pressing and releasing the button pauses the recording. The light will turn yellow

Pausing does not stop the capture. It is still recording but an edit will be inserted so students do not see the content

Stopping a recording

Pressing and holding for 3.5 seconds stops the recording. The light will turn off.

Resuming a recording

Pressing and holding for 3.5 seconds resumes the recording.

If a scheduled recording exists it can be resumed after it has been stopped.

For more information visit Video Capture Guidelines

Advice for students

A presentation "How we are using Lecture Capture (PPTX, 795 KB)" has been created, please feel free to adapt it and use it to introduce Lecture Capture to your students. The last slide includes a link to a great guide for students (PDF, 1267 KB) by Nordmann et al. (2018), it tells students how they can use Lecture Capture effectively for learning.