Lights, Camera, Lecture! Encouraging the Use of Videos Across Courses and Departments

Concurrent Session 7

Brief Abstract

With the growth of online programs, comes the increasing necessity to offer instructional videos to supplement posted resources. During this session, we will look at everything from web-conferencing to lecture capture and the studio spaces our department has created for faculty and departments to use.


Dr. Robert Zotti heads the WebCampus Division at Stevens Institute of Technology. He leads over 150 faculty and staff in the delivery of 20 graduate programs in management, engineering, and computer science. Under Dr. Zotti's direction, the division's operations have been continuously improved, helping the school win the USDLA's 21st Century Award for Best Practices in Distance Learning seven times. Dr. Zotti has conducted research into synchronous online learning and the use of web conferencing systems. Before joining Stevens, Dr. Zotti worked at Prudential for 10 years as a programmer and trainer.

Additional Authors

Allison Ruppino works full-time as the Senior Instructional Technologist in the online learning department at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. She plays an active role in the training and support of faculty, staff members, and students in the use of the university’s online learning management and web-conferencing systems. Allison also manages their on-campus Academic Recording Studio where she assists in the creation and editing of videos whether that is for courses, conferences, or departmental websites. In addition to editing video content, she sets up and monitors webinars for external departments around campus. From this work, she received the 2014 Technology at Our Core Employee Recognition Award from her institution. In regards to education, she has an M.S. in Management from Stevens Institute (2014) and a B.A. in Mass Communication with a Journalism Minor from the University of Delaware (2010).

Extended Abstract

With the growth in online programs, comes the increasing necessity to offer instructional videos to supplement posted resources. Videos not only personalize the course, help students walk through difficult concepts, but also appeal to visual learners. These concepts apply to online courses and on-campus ones as well. Ever since Hurricane Sandy and other detrimental weather conditions, lecture videos have made courses more resilient to uncontrollable circumstances. From web-conferencing to lecture capture, let’s discuss the available tools and software for both video creation as well as post-production editing.

Our online learning department will also share the inner workings and success from our “Academic Recording Studio” and “SmartClassRoom.” These two physical spaces that our department created have increased video usage across campus, whether for faculty, staff, or departments. We will explore how instructors have used these facilities to record lecture content, interview guest speakers, create welcome messages to post inside of their online courses, and even present for conferences that they were not able to attend in-person. Departments on-campus have found great use for these spaces whether it is recording events that happen on-campus or holding information sessions for students. Students themselves have enjoyed being the producers and creators of their own work as many use our facilities for class projects or competitions.   

This presentation works well for all groups in higher education that would like to learn more about video techniques or those who’d like to share their own techniques. Idea-sharing is highly encouraged during this session, after all, one of the most impactful experiences is learning from one another.

Participants who walk away from this session would be able to assess the importance of web-conferencing, lecture capture, and physical studio spaces and will be able to determine which video approach works best for them.