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Lecture Capture (Echo360)

UMass Lowell's Lecture Capture technology gives you the ability to record your classes and offer to your students an additional tool while taking classes.

Lecture capturing through Echo360 gives you the ability to record classes, special speakers, training processes and selectively send the captured sessions out to your students, either directly through a website or through Blackboard.

The Echo360 lecture capturing application is available in more than 95 classrooms campus wide. There is also a separate application available that allows you to record from a laptop or desktop machine anywhere.

Lecture Capture Request

PCAP (Personal Capture Software)

This free application allows you to make your own screencast recordings, recording your screen and your webcamera (if desired). You may record as much as you wish on to your computer (PC or Mac), do some simple editing and then upload the recording to our Echo360 platform. An Echo360 account is required to publish the recording (making it available to all). Recordings can be made without an internet connection. Contact Randy at 978-934-2175 or email randy_tyndall@uml.edu for more information and to get the latest version of PCAP.

Lecture Capture Policies

No class will be recorded without the expressed consent of the faculty member.

Lecture recordings will be restricted to UMass Lowell students via their UMass Lowell username/password. Other access controls are available on a per-course basis.

Viewers cannot download the captured classes. All content will be delivered using streaming technology, thus restricting the portability of the recordings. Faculty, however, can request that audio and/or video of the class be made available for downloading by students.

The Instructor retains Intellectual Property rights of the recorded material. Additional information regarding Intellectual Property can be found on the UMass Lowell guidelines.

Recordings can be edited to remove undesired material or conversations by either faculty or by an authorized operator of the lecture capture system.

Every effort is made to not capture student's likenesses, as the system is designed to capture the instructor and the front of the classroom, however, student's audio participation might be recorded.

Lecture Capture Retention Policies

NOTE: Retention Policies Have Changed.

Recorded lectures will be kept for one year from their date of recording. After this time, recordings will be placed in an archival area for one year, then permanently deleted. Recordings older than 1 year will be automatically archived twice per year, in January and July. Recordings can be retained in an active state for a longer period of time if prior arrangements have been made with the Instructional Technology Services group.

Faculty who are using recorded lectures to supplement an online course must contact the Instructional Technology Services group and identify the course name and number to keep those recordings active, otherwise they are first archived then deleted after 2 years from the original recording date. Once recordings are archived, but unavailable for viewing, they can be republished by contacting the ITS group to determine the best storage and delivery options. If the faculty member desires to retain the content for archival purposes longer then the terms outlined in this policy, then he/she will be responsible identifying the content and requesting long term archival from the Instructional Technology Services group.

Recordings can be edited on the lecture capture server up to 30 days after the recording date to remove undesired material or conversations by either faculty or by an authorized operator of the lecture capture system. After that time, these recordings are automatically compressed and cannot be edited.