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Tegrity Lecture Capture at SLU

Tegrity allows Saint Louis University faculty to record an entire lecture in a Tegrity-enabled classroom or to record supplementary material outside of class for students to access online at their convenience.

 Instructors can also allow students to create their own Tegrity recordings for a course that can be visible to the whole class or just the instructor.

Find Tegrity-Enabled Classrooms

About Tegrity Enabled Classrooms

There are three types of Tegrity-enabled classrooms at SLU.

  • Audio-Only: An audio-only classroom is able to record content shown on the computer screen along with the instructor’s audio. The Tegrity recording will show the classroom computer screen in the content frame (main window) and play instructor's audio along with computer content. The instructor has the option to choose a picture to display in the instructor video frame (upper left window) or leave the frame blank.
  • Audio and Video: An audio and video classroom is able to record content shown on the computer screen along with the audio and video of the instructor. The Tegrity recording will show the classroom computer screen in the content frame (main window), video from the instructor's webcam in the instructor video frame (upper left window), and play instructor's audio at the same time. If the instructor chooses not to record their webcam video (or if a webcam is not available on the recording computer), the instructor video frame will show a picture the instructor chooses or a Tegrity logo.
  • Audio and Document Camera: An audio and document camera (DocCam) classroom is able to record video captured by the document camera on the podium, content shown on the computer screen, and the instructor’s audio. The Tegrity recording will show the classroom computer screen or video captured by the document camera in the content frame (main window), and play instructor's audio along with the content.

In Tegrity-enabled classrooms, the instructor's audio is recorded via a podium or lavalier microphone. Some rooms include multiple ceiling microphones so student questions can also be recorded. Only classrooms listed as "Audio and Video" include a webcam for capturing video in the classroom; generally, the webcam is pointed at the instructor podium.

The equipment in these classrooms (e.g., microphone, speakers, webcam) will also work with the Skype for Business web-conferencing tool. Please note that it is always best practice to test Skype for Business in the room before the day of your meeting to familiarize yourself with the equipment in the room. When possible, schedule access to the room 15-30 minutes before the start of the meeting for setup.

If you wish to use Tegrity or Skype for Business in a classroom that has not been configured yet, submit a request form.

Support for Tegrity

ITS provides technical support for SLU faculty, staff, students and the Tegrity-enabled classrooms. Please contact the ITS Help Desk at 314-977-4000, helpdesk@slu.edu or help.slu.edu.

Faculty can get help incorporating Tegrity into a course from the Reinert Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning. Contact the Reinert Center to discuss why and how best to use this or any other technology to achieve your instructional goals.

To request assistance with copyright permissions for materials used in class, please consult the SLU Libraries. Information on copyright and fair use can be found on the SLU Libraries website.

For legal issues related to copyright and/or FERPA, contact the Office of the General Counsel at 314-977-2506.

What is required to create a Tegrity recording?

If you are recording in a Tegrity-enabled classroom, the classroom computer and the microphone have already been set up. If you wish to create a recording on your own computer, you will first need to install the Tegrity Recorder.

Your computer will also need a microphone connected for Tegrity to capture your audio. Any standard headset works great, or you can also use a wireless lavalier microphone or even a room microphone.

How do I get the Tegrity Recorder installed on my computer?

Instructions for a PC

  • Contact the ITS Help Desk to request the Tegrity Recorder.
  • Once Tegrity is installed, a new "Login to Tegrity" shortcut will appear on your desktop. The shortcut opens a browser window to slu.tegrity.com.
  • Click the shortcut and log in to Tegrity using your normal SLU ID and password.
  • Click the link to "Record a Class" at the top left corner of the screen - this will launch the Tegrity Recorder so you can create a test recording.

Now the Tegrity Recorder icon will appear in your system tray. In the future, you can launch the Tegrity Recorder by clicking the system tray icon.

Instructions for aMac

  • Open a browser and log in to slu.tegrity.com.
  • Click the link to Download Recorder.
  • Once the recorder is downloaded, be sure to close all browser windows.
  • Follow the "How to Install Mac Recorder" steps to install the recorder.
  • Once installed, open your browser again to slu.tegrity.com.

Now you should see the link to Record a Class; click this link to make your first recording.

View Minimum System Requirements for PC and Mac

Do I need a Blackboard course to create Tegrity recordings?
  • Yes. All Tegrity recordings are associated with a course in Blackboard (or an instructor's private course that exists only in Tegrity). If the Tegrity recordings are for a Banner course, then a corresponding course already exists in Blackboard.
  • If the Tegrity recordings are for a department, program, or organization, you can request a course site in Blackboard with which to associate the recordings.
Who owns my recorded lectures?  

You do. As with all course materials you create for a class, the recorded lecture belongs to you. See the Intellectual Property section of the Faculty Manual for a statement of the policy.

You (as the instructor), not the University, make recorded lectures available to your students (and perhaps others). The University will not distribute your lectures to anyone else, though it will eventually remove them from the Tegrity server, according to the retention policy

How long are recordings stored?

Tegrity recordings that are associated with Banner courses are stored for two terms after the course was held. To keep recordings longer than that, faculty must move them into their Sandbox Course into the Tegrity system. Recordings stored in an instructor's Sandbox Course are stored indefinitely, however instructors are asked to manage the content in their Sandbox Course appropriately.

Retention Policy

The University wants to ensure that faculty members have the opportunity to retain any content they have captured using Tegrity that they feel has potential future value for re-use. However, due to licensing and storage costs, the University must have a process for clearing out unwanted content, such as lectures that were captured for the sole purpose of assisting students in a specific course to study for a specific exam. Therefore, in order to balance these goals, retention schedules have been created for the deletion of Tegrity recordings.

Most Tegrity recordings remain on the server for two terms after the end of the term in which the course was held. School of Medicine Tegrity recordings remain on the server for the current and prior Academic Year. CEU Tegrity recordings remain on the server for the current and prior Academic Year

Prior to any deletion, ITS will notify the instructor(s) of impacted courses so they have time to move any content that they would like to retain to their Sandbox Course in the Tegrity system.

 

What are some best practices for using Tegrity?

1. Before you start, make sure that you:

  • Determine whether or not lecture capture is an appropriate choice for your purposes. This means identifying very clear goals for your lectures and class time and considering the ways you want students to use recorded lectures and how you will use class time.
  • Determine whether you have the time to prepare them consistently throughout the entire semester and identify any technology decisions you'll need to make. (Will you record in your classroom? Will you record in your office? Does your classroom have an automated lecture capture system/service?)
  • Attend to relevant copyright and University policies regarding LC (e.g., acquiring copyright clearance for materials and release forms from students if their questions and answers will be recorded and the LC will be shared beyond the current semester's classroom).
  • Determine whether you will want to re-use these lectures for later use in other courses (since this will determine how and what you capture).
  • Determine what format you want to make the file available in for students (either streaming or downloadable).

2. Once you decide to capture a lecture, make time to experiment with recording quality. Poor sound quality can make a recording unusable. 

3. Make recordings available as soon as possible after a lecture, as well as right before an exam. If possible, annotate the recording to add emphasis and focus.

4. If you require students to listen to recordings before class time, provide them with content-related questions or other learning activities (such as applied problem solving, etc.). It can be very effective to assign tasks (e.g., activities based on the recorded lectures) to be handed in during class, which you will count in students' grades.

5. If you require students to listen to recordings before class, use the class time for problems solving, interactive activities, and other student-centered processes. Do not simply repeat content from the recorded lecture.

6. Provide detailed instructions for accessing and playing lectures at the beginning of the course, and make recordings accessible during the class, so students can make notes.

7. Evaluate the use and effectiveness of LC during and/or at the end of your course.