FAQ for Faculty

  1. What do I need to use Tegrity?
  2. Who owns my recorded lectures?
  3. Who has access to my recorded lectures?
  4. What about downloading recordings?
  5. What can the University do with my recorded lectures?
  6. What formats can my students use to view lectures ?
  7. What does "streaming only" mean for students?
  8. How long are recordings stored?
  9. Can I store recordings for future use?
  10. Should I just hit "Record" and go?
  11. What happens if I accidentally record a confidential conversation?
  12. Will students skip class if I make lectures available?
  13. Do students view recorded lectures?

1. What do I need to use Tegrity?

  • A computer with an internet connection
  • A WISE site for which you have the Instructor/Maintain role
  • A microphone
  • (optional)Webcam, document camera, tablet
  • System Test Page - click this link to automatically check that your computer meets the requirements to record or view Tegrity lectures

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2. Who owns my recorded lectures?

You do. Recorded lectures are like all other course materials you create for a class. IS THERE AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY POLICY FOR WU?

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3. Who has access to my recorded lectures?

Captured recordings are available only to students enrolled in the course where the content is housed. You can choose to grant extended access as appropriate.

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4. What about downloading recordings?

You can choose whether or not to allow downloading on a course-by-course basis; making files downloadable provides the greatest flexibility for accessing and reviewing recordings. Recordings downloaded in the standard Tegrity format can only be viewed on the computer to which they are downloaded. If you choose to make course recordings available in alternate downloadable formats (podcast, vodcast), those recordings could be shared with other users. You can opt to turn off downloading entirely and force all viewing through the Tegrity streaming server.

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5. What can the University do with my recorded lectures?

The University provides the mechanism and the channel for recording lectures but the owner is responsible for making the recordings available. Willamette and WITS will not distribute your lectures to anyone else, although we can assist you in that process if you wish. WITS will remove materials from the Tegrity server based on the retention policy. (LINK)

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6. What formats can my students use to view lectures ?

The default recording format is Tegrity's streaming file format. You can choose to make lectures available in alternate downloadable formats such as MP3 (audio only) or M4V (audio and computer screen capture), which would make your lectures suitable for playback on iPods or other media players.

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7. What does "streaming only" mean for students?

It means that your recordings can only be accessed by logging into the Tegrity server through WISE. An internet connection is required for viewing. This option is the best way to ensure that students cannot re-post or otherwise share the recordings. Use this option if you include copyrighted materials in your lectures.

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8. How long are recordings stored?

You have the opportunity to retain any Tegrity content that you feel has potential value for future re-use. However, due to licensing and storage costs and restrictions, the University must have a process for clearing out dated or unwanted content (such as lectures recorded for the purpose of assisting students in a specific course to study for a single exam). In order to balance the needs and goals of lecture capture, the following retention policy is in effect:

Tegrity recordings are stored until the beginning of the next parallel term (for example, Spring Term 2012 recordings will be stored until the beginning of Spring Term 2013). At that point, WITS Tegrity administrator(s) will delete all content in Tegrity course sites that are associated with WISE course sites. WITS will not remove material stored in your Tegrity Private Course. Recordings associated with WISE project sites and ad hoc recordings made by WITS will be evaluated with the owners at the end of every academic term.

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9. Can I store recordings for future use?

Tegrity is designed to accommodate the re-use of course lectures, but pedagogical and student privacy considerations need to be handled judiciously. Tegrity provides three methods for retaining recorded content:

  1. Move recordings to your Private Course within the Tegrity system. Recordings stored in Tegrity private courses are stored indefinitely. Simply copy or move the content into a new course site when you are ready to use it again.
  2. Create a DVD image of either individual recordings or a group of recordings. The image can be burned to disk or stored online (local computer hard drive, external hard drive, network storage space) and can be re-uploaded to Tegrity if/when you need to use it again.
  3. Download a podcast (MP3) or vodcast (M4V) version of your recording(s)

Click the Help link in the Tegrity window to access:

  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR MOVING RECORDINGS TO PRIVATE COURSE
  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR CREATING DVD IMAGE
  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR DOWNLOADING PODCAST OR VODCAST

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10. Should I just hit "Record" and go?

That is the simplest solution. How you use Tegrity is largely a matter of pedagogical goals, however, so this decision should be made with learning outcomes and goals in mind. You also need to consider questions of student privacy. When you record live classes, you should be sure that students know the recording will be occurring and that they can request that a recording be stopped at any time if the discussion involves sensitive topics. The Tegrity recorder includes a Pause feature to facilitate capture of only selected parts of a class session. You might want to include a statement such as the following in your syllabus that in-class recordings may be made so that students are aware from the beginning of the semester:

Lectures may be recorded and made available to students registered for this class using the Tegrity lecture capture system. These recordings are intended to supplement the classroom experience. Duplication or redistribution of lecture capture recordings is prohibited without appropriate consent. For technical assistance and for compliance issues (such as copyright and privacy), please see the lecture capture guidelines available at SOMEWHERE or contact the WITS Help Desk.

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11. What happens if I accidentally record a confidential conversation?

Tegrity includes simple editing tools on the Tegrity server. You should remove the confidential section of the recording before making the recording available to class members.

Click the Help link in the Tegrity window to access:

  • INSTRUCTIONS FOR EDITING A RECORDING

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12. Will students skip class if I make lectures available?

Research shows that there is no noticeable negative impact on students' class attendance when lecture capture recordings are made available.

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13. Do students view recorded lectures?

Because every course setting is unique, this is hard to measure. Tegrity allows you to generate reports that show student usage which would allow you to experiment and collect data on your own specific courses.

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