Fall 2015 Changes to Course Capture (webcast) service

April 30, 2015

Beginning Fall 2015, ETS will make key changes to our Course Capture (webcast) service in order to reduce service costs and enable us to maintain a lecture capture service focused on students:

  • We will no longer make recorded lecture videos available to the public
  • We will make recorded lecture videos available to enrolled students via CalCentral and bCourses
  • Existing lectures up to and including those recorded during Spring 2015 will remain available at public distribution channels

Public users are encouraged to explore free courses through Berkeley's EdX page.

Currently, ETS provides Course Capture (webcast) as a common-good service in over 50 of our general assignment classrooms. For the past 20 years, recorded lecture videos have been available to students as well as the public. In more recent years the program has broadened the window of access into UC Berkeley’s intellectual riches through distribution partnerships with YouTube and iTunes U. Each year we capture and publish nearly 4,500 lecture videos and each video requires an average of 15 minutes of staff time to prepare for public distribution.

In consideration of the current state of our budget, we have chosen to reduce spending by no longer making Course Capture videos available to the public. By transitioning to this student-only lecture capture service capture we will continue to provide a valuable study resource to our students and garner significant cost savings. Resources will be reallocated toward mission-critical activities that support teaching, learning, and research at UC Berkeley.

Additional details regarding these changes will be communicated to participating instructors and students prior to the Fall 2015 semester.

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Copy of email notification from Cathy Koshland to instructors and students on April 30, 2015

From: Catherine P. Koshland, Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education (campus-wide)
To: Faculty; Instructors; Students
Date: 04-30-2015
Subject: Webcast moves to a "student only" service

Dear members of the campus community,

I would like to share with you some changes to the webcast service:

As of Fall 2015 semester, to reduce service costs and enable us to maintain a lecture capture service focused on students:

  • We will no longer make our lecture videos available to the public.
  • We will make lecture videos available to enrolled students via CalCentral and bCourses.
  • Existing lectures through Spring 2015 will remain available at public distribution channels.

As many of you may know, ETS provides Webcast Classroom Capture, a common-good lecture capture service, in over 50 of our general assignment classrooms. Currently course recordings are made available to students and to the public via YouTube, iTunesU and webcast.berkeley.edu.  To provide these videos to the public, they are monitored, edited and steps are taken to ensure the content conforms with privacy and intellectual property law and UC policy. This process is costly, as it requires significant staff time and effort.

As we considered the current state of the budget and after much consultation, we have chosen to reduce spending and reallocate resources in ways that least impact our primary mission to support the teaching, learning, and research activities on the campus. By transitioning to a student only approach to lecture capture, we will continue to provide a valuable service to our students in support of their learning and garner significant cost savings.

Additional details regarding these changes will be communicated to participating instructors and students prior to the Fall Semester.

Sincerely,

Catherine Koshland
Vice Chancellor, Undergraduate Education