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Friday, September 13, 2013

Software Lowers MOOC Video Costs

While massive open online courses (MOOCs) can make use of video to provide lectures for students, the cost of producing video can be prohibitive. In fact, the University of Pennsylvania recently reported the cost to develop 16 MOOCs $800,000, with video eating up a lion’s share of the funds.

A major reason for the high cost is the investment in specialized recording equipment, professional audio-visual and post-production services, and time and training for the MOOC instructor. However, lecture-capture software may provide a low-cost alternative.

The technology allows an instructor to record all audio and video sources used in a classroom and make them accessible to students anywhere and at any time on any device.  The technology also allows for digital notes and bookmarks, quizzes and polls, live broadcasting, and flexible recording.

“Over the past five years, modern lecture-capture systems have become an established part of university education, and analysts predict that by 2016, lecture capture will become as ubiquitous as e-mail on college campuses,” Ari Bixhorn, vice president of marketing for the software firm Panopto, wrote in an article for eCampus News. “So as MOOCs continue to evolve in the years ahead, and as institutions look for ways to participate in this new medium, the price of video no longer needs to be an inhibiting factor.”

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