Lecture Capture

Recording lectures reinforces learning by allowing students to review content on-demand and at their own pace. Academic Technology Services supports a variety of options for CSULB instructors to easily record and share lectures for online/hybrid courses or to supplement traditional course delivery. 

Contact canvas@csulb.edu to request assistance with of these technologies.

Options for Recording Lectures 

Camtasia is a powerful, yet simple desktop or iOS screen recording software for those who want more editing flexibility and options. With Camtasia, you can also import images, audio files, and other video files to create a rich, multimedia experience. Camtasia is available on a complimentary basis through the campus Software Depot.

A built-in lecture capture system is available in the Hall of Science Lecture Rooms 100 and 102.This streamlined system allows instructors to easily record and save video of themselves at the podium or their on-screen presentations (or both at once) along with the audio. Contact us at ats-css@csulb.edu to request personal lecture capture training.

Hyflex Classrooms at CSULB have been configured to support video conferencing and lecture recording with a variety of screen sharing options.

Available in Canvas, Kaltura Capture records your screen and/or a webcam view of yourself (or both at once), along with audio. Advanced features like live drawing and editing give you additional ways to enhance the content. Recordings are automatically saved in BeachBoard.

Often referred to as a "transparent whiteboard," The Learning Glass is a large, free-standing panel of heavy-duty glass illuminated with special LED lights.

To record a lecture, instructors will stand behind the glass panel in a darkened room and use neon markers that glow in the light, bringing the writing to life. The instructor faces the camera (rather than turning away from the audience as done at a traditional chalk/whiteboard), making the lecture a dynamic and engaging experience for the students.

Use Zoom to record lectures, remote meetings, and webinars. Find a link to the Zoom application on the CSULB Single-Sign On dashboard; faculty are eligible for a Pro Account through the campus license agreement.  For instructions on downloading and using Zoom, visit our Zoom support page.


Student Privacy Rights Considerations 

Instructors must provide the same level of privacy for students during virtual instruction as provided in person.

  • Instructors must inform all participants in their class that it will be recorded.
  • Instructors must offer appropriate accommodations to participants who choose not to be recorded.
  • Students who do not want their likeness or image included in the recording (that will be made and available for classmates to view) they must let the instructor know and may elect not to participate via video recording.

Students have a right to NOT have their comments disclosed to others who are unconnected with the class, but instructors and classmates may listen to comments without violating FERPA.

To ensure FERPA compliance, here are some recommended Meeting Host settings/features commonly available across most video conferencing tools:

  • Send meeting invitations directly to participants; do not post on a website. 
  • Approximately 5 minutes prior to the session start time, turn ON the “waiting room” feature where the FERPA disclaimer can be presented.
  • Turn OFF participants' ability to record sessions.
  • Turn ON and “set a password” for all sessions/classes/recordings.
  • Turn OFF “private chat.”
  • Turn ON ability to “mute individual participants” and “mute all.”
  • Turn OFF ability for participants to “save chat.”

Instructors and students enrolled in the class are the only persons who should have access to recorded class sessions. The recordings will be erased after the final exam.

The following is a template for instructors to use (include this text in the “waiting room” of a virtual meeting):

Any time that a class session is recorded, students will be notified. If students do not want their likeness during class participation included in the recorded class session, they may elect to not participate via video recordings. Recordings will be made available subject to the following conditions:

  • Only students enrolled in the class may view the recording.
  • Students may not post or use the recordings in any other setting (e.g., social media) for any purpose. Students who violate this will be subject to student discipline, up to and including expulsion.
  • Federal and California law as well as University policies protecting intellectual property rights and use of instructional materials (including any recordings of class sessions) remain in effect.
  • If faculty have any plan to use the recording for a different class in the future, the faculty member will need written FERPA consent from those students in the current class who are identifiable in any of the recordings. A FERPA consent form signed by all students in the course will also be needed if the recordings are made available to others beyond the classroom on a nonsecure digital platform.