It has been just over a year since Tegrity was rolled out across the three campuses of the University of Washington and the findings of a recently released report by UW-IT indicate that a majority of faculty and students found Tegrity to be helpful in enhancing student learning in the classroom. Tegrity is a lecture capture tool that gives instructors the ability to record classroom activity and upload these recordings on a student accessible site to review later on. These recordings consist of of a combination of on-screen recordings of the computer and live audio/video feed of the class via webcam. By using this technology, instructors were able to provide additional resources to students who wish to review course material and catch up on lectures without much additional effort.
To gauge how well instructors and students were adapting to and using Tegrity as a tool and whether they found it useful to use, an assessment of instructors and students using Tegrity was conducted during the Winter and Spring Quarters of 2012. This assessment consisted of surveys and interviews given to a select group of faculty across all three UW campuses who were teaching with Tegrity asking how helpful Tegrity was in enhancing student learning. A sample of students in these classes were also given surveys that asked whether they liked using Tegrity and how useful it was to their learning. The results of these evaluations found that a majority of both instructors and students found Tegrity to be useful in their classes. Many used Tegrity to listen and watch recorded lectures at home and review course material. Some faculty also see the potential for Tegrity to be used outside the classroom for administrative purposes.
Limitations that were brought up included the lack of use of the more advanced features of Tegrity, primarily bookmarking and student recordings as well as mobile access on smartphones/tablets. Better configuration of the recording system for large lecture halls were also brought up although that shouldn’t be too much of an issue on the Bothell campus.