On a perfect campus, everyone – professors and students – would use the same technology to create, stream, and consume educational content. The reality of university life is a wide diversity of hardware, systems, and software. No two students use the exact same platform; nor do their professors. This can lead to technical issue and snafus when streaming course material.
Leading video platform company Echo360 announced today the launch of its new Universal Capture software in response to higher education demand for an intuitive video capture solution that functions identically on Mac and Windows computers, both inside and outside of the classroom. Instructors can now record and share high-quality video from any device using the same software – without the extensive training from IT staff often required by other video platforms with disjointed solutions for Mac, Windows, classroom and personal recording. More than 120 colleges and universities around the world participated in the recent Universal Capture beta program and can now benefit from the general availability of the software.
“Students today want 24/7 access to high-quality course content – making it easier to review content on-the-go or revisit it before and after class. Echo360’s Universal Capture software makes it easy for faculty to create that important content and then see how effectively it is reaching students,” says Jason Sitek, Instructional Online Technologies & Support Specialist at Wilkes Community College. “Both students and faculty benefit. Students get more high-quality video of course content, and faculty get an easier way to record without the headaches of complicated software training.”
With Universal Capture, instructors and administrators can use Mac devices for scheduled and on-demand lecture capture. But, regardless of which devices are used – whether Mac or Windows – instructors, students, and administrators reap the benefit of a single, highly-intuitive interface for recording the screen of their personal device, as well as for lecture capture. No dedicated hardware is required to run the new Universal Capture software, although the application also runs on optional Echo360 capture appliances. Features such as one-click capture ensure that faculty can use the application without additional training, freeing up their time to support students directly.