It is no secret that I have been at war with the shortcomings of using lecture capture in our core courses for some time. The Exchange, Welcome to the Majors, Ambassadors, Career Days, and The Failure Competition are all efforts to inject more soul and discomfort into the student experience in the college. They represent skirmishes in the battle to create a culture that differentiates graduates rather than standardizes them. Transformation requires engagement and doesn’t happen inside your comfort zone. That some people want to buy education and not really consume it (I stole this phrase, I can’t remember who first said it), doesn’t change this reality one bit.
To fully realize the vision and transform all our students, lecture capture needs to retire. It stands in direct contrast to everything we are trying to achieve. Can you explain “the four Ps of marketing”using lecture capture? Sure. But, does lecture capture provoke conversations that help students change their view of the world, see the opportunities that await them, and differentiate them on the road to success? Does it make students uncomfortable? Better risk-takers, collaborators or data-driven decision-makers? Nope. If you wanted to create the best undergraduate program possible in 2016 to prepare students for what lies ahead, is lecture capture a vehicle you would employ to help create it? (Fill in your response here.)
Is retiring lecture capture going to be easy? No, it’s going to be incredibly hard. Small classes won’t pencil and no one is sending us a truck of money. Will it happen tomorrow? Of course not. But, the secret sauce of UCF is that we are forced to create unconventional solutions to scale intimacy and by doing so, we invent a new model of higher education. Innovation, investment and grit are going to be key. I’m going to need a small army to help explore alternatives and settle on a new approach that better achieves our goals in the next two to three years. Who’s with me?