Do your DL courses have recorded videos of lectures?

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by mcjon77, May 9, 2012.


How many of your distance learning classes have recorded videos of lecures?

  1. All of my DL classes have/had video recordings of lectures.

    5 vote(s)
  2. Most (but not all) of my DL classes have/had video recordings of lectures

    5 vote(s)
  3. Some (but not the majority) of my DL classes have/had video recordings of lectures

    13 vote(s)
  4. NONE of my DL classes have/had video recordings of lectures

    11 vote(s)
  5. I have never taken a DL course.

    1 vote(s)
  1. mcjon77

    mcjon77 Member

    Hi guys,

    I have taken several DL courses, but they all have been from the same school (Harvard University's Extension School). I guess I just took it for granted that most DL courses (other than independent study courses like those at Louisiana State University) had video-taped lectures.

    Recently, I was looking at another school's program, and it appears that very few of classes (if any) have video-taped lectures. It got me to thinking about how many other schools are like that, where they offer DL course, but no lectures.

    For those who have taken DL courses before, did your classes have recorded videos of lectures?
  2. keegan

    keegan New Member

    Wow, this is a great poll. I'm almost certain that I would start the Heriot Watt EBS MBA next year, but I'm not sure if they have video lectures or not. It would be a plus if they do. It certainly beats reading an oversized text book for hours.
  3. Paidagogos

    Paidagogos Member

    Personally, I wish my classes had more recorded audio/video and multimedia items. I guess I would feel like I'm getting more out of the class. Most of the time I feel more like a monk reading and writing papers in a cave.:indifferent:
  4. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    Long videos can be pretty boring, though. Sal Khan was right to split things up into short, manageable chunks.

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    My Bachelor of Science at Troy University did not come with any video lectures. They were all in text base and discussion forum. My entire Master of Science degree at Southern Methodist University came with video lectures. Video lectures are really helpful, especially you can convert them into digital portal device to listen while in the car, at the gym, and etc.

    I would prefer the program comes with video/audio lectures. I assume most prestigious schools provide this method.
    - MIT, Harvard, Columbia, Stanford, GW, SMU, and etc.
  6. keegan

    keegan New Member

    If and the Khan Academy can use videos, why can't most of the big boys of distance learning ? Having lectures split into topic areas such "Trait theory" "contingent theory" "behavioral theory" etc on Leadership can certainly assist and make things more manageable. Nobody says you have to have a full 3 hour length session, although I suppose you can pause and fast fwd or rewind.

    TEKMAN, converting video into audio is also something I did with my more theoretical accounting lectures, it was quite effective.

    I love reading, but reading a text does get boring pretty fast. Some form of interaction is needed...even if you're watching a video recording of other people interacting with a lecturer. Did that make sense ?

    Isn't the brain stimulated more by hearing sound and by viewing moving images ?
  7. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Depends on the school for me.
    Black Hawk College- no lectures
    Ocean County College - no lectures
    Thomas Edison State College- no lectures

    Harvard Extension- all lectures

    I'm starting a new program this fall, I'm going to ask about lecture. I really do prefer this method. In classes that have not offered lecture, I simply used Khan or similar.
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    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    I think it has to do with costs; otherwise it would not be big deal. For example, it requires the Professors to give live lecture, a cameraman, and editor.

    Well, if you can read..then why would you pay money to the college, which you can read from the book. However, video/audio lectures give explanation of what you read.
  9. honesroc

    honesroc Member

    So far all of my classes at Liberty have included video lectures. That wasn't the case at AMU, but it has been a couple years since I've graduated from there..
  10. dboven

    dboven New Member

    My distance learning experiences have been limited to University of Phoenix (three classes for a middle school teaching endorsement) and University of London (completing a master of research right now). Neither one used video lectures. Almost all of the interactions with professors/tutors/students took place on Moodle or some other course management system. There were periodic Elluminate sessions during the London modules, but nothing beyond that.

  11. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    UF had live lectures that were recorded. You were required to attend the live or recorded. I think you could only miss 3 live or something like that and they were delivered twice a week.
  12. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    This was a factor at both schools where I was involved in distance learning management. Setting up a lecture capturing environment is a big deal for small schools whose students usually don't even know what they're missing.
  13. mcjon77

    mcjon77 Member

    The production costs are definitely a factor. I know that there is a cameraman in every videotaped lecture given at Harvard, plus someone has to get it uploaded to the server within 48 hours (preferably within 24) or the students will pitch a fit. As a result, any class that has a DL option to it is $50 more.

    I guess that I was surprised when a program I looked at (Johns Hopkins' MS in Applied Econ) didn't seem to have video recorded lectures.
  14. DanielC

    DanielC New Member

    I've been surprised as how little content audio or video content is available in each of the DL classes I've enrolled in. I'm finding it to be a huge drawback to the online degree completion (bachelors) program I'm currently doing.
  15. GoodYellowDogs

    GoodYellowDogs New Member

    I don't care that much about video, but I'd really like to have audio.
  16. dlbb

    dlbb Active Member

    At my school, DSU, all the DL courses are the same as the in-class courses, just a different section. So the courses are recorded and uploaded the same day, often within just a couple hours, available to stream or download. It does add more time to the DL aspect, and you certainly still need to do the readings, but I think it does greatly enhance it. As my courses were CS and IA, a lot of them were technical in nature, so being able to see demos and whatnot was a great asset.

    In the past, I have taken DL courses elsewhere. One school just used nothing, and for the subject matter, it was okay. Just more reading of lecture notes. Another used a set of DVD's that were years old; it felt very much out of place and not always consistent with the online content. There is something to be said about having content that is current, topical, and can make reference to what is going on in class (e.g. discussion boards, homework assignments, on campus).

    I think the asynchronous, live-taped-the-same day model is best. I would not care for one that was only streamed live, as it would tie you down to a schedule and reduce flexibility.

    I don't know if DSU uses a cameraman, but I doubt it. The video of the instructors do not change, i.e. same camera shot. Some do recordings of what is on the computer screen with them talking over it. Some alternate between the two. I believe the professors upload the raw video files to a central service, which performs encoding to a more manageable file size for distribution online. I don't think there probably is much more costs except for infrastructure to host the files and staff to perform encoding and put the links up. The DSU live videos, incidentally, were vastly superior to the canned, cameraman taped ones I had on DVD from a previous school.
  17. NMTTD

    NMTTD Member

    At my school, ASU, all of my classes have audio/video lectures. Makes it that much nicer.
  18. DanielC

    DanielC New Member

    Me too! My preferred method is to listen to the recordings throughout the day.
  19. rootuser

    rootuser New Member

    I work in interactive distance learning (IDL) for a medium size state u. We have multiple IDL rooms where we record multiple live lectures at once remotely from our headend. Each room has auto-focus cameras, student mics that focus the camd, sound boards, etc all fed via fiber to our headend where we encode to digital formats for web upload. Or we connect to other partner schools over our state educational network. In this case we do not use cameramen but these setups and buildouts are really expensive.
  20. lawrenceq

    lawrenceq Member

    My classes at Liberty used a lot of videos. They used mostly interviews and one-on-one presentations to go over the material.

    Fort Hays used a lot of DVD sets. You'd basically get a whole set of history channel DVD's or something similar.

    The UCI and UCSD Extension classes I've took used audio and video. I think the UC Extension schools get it. I find their video presentations with audio slides work best for me.

    Out of all of the online classes I've had, none of them used recorded lectures from face-to-face classes.
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