Most adult education is presented in the form of frontal lectures. It has been shown that high quality lecture notes are crucial for student understanding and knowledge retention from lectures. Students have difficulty taking quality notes, generally noting less than 50% of the critical ideas.
Research shows that there are two ways in which note-taking impacts learning: encoding and external storage. Encoding stresses that value of information processing that occurs during the act of note-taking which improves student learning and retention. External storage focuses on the benefits of using notes to review material. The beneficial effect of notes as external-storage is uncontroversial, and without notes approximately 80% of what is not noted is forgotten after two weeks. Benefits from encoding are not as clearcut, but there is widespread belief of its value.
Lecture capture systems are a great solution for external storage and facilitating review. Universal lecture capture would greatly benefit all students, providing recorded access to lectures they attend for later review. However the technology and support needed for today’s lecture capture systems doesn’t exist in most classrooms and the cost and complexity of these systems requires a level of equipment and IT support out of reach of most facilities. In the UK alone there are about 50,00 degree courses every year (around 700,000 lectures) – and that isn’t to mention all the non-degree and high school lectures. Just try to address that with current lecture capture technology. Also, most lecture capture technology focuses only on external storage and provides no support for the other reason for note-taking – encoding.
LectureMonkey is a completely new mobile+web platform built from scratch to support universal lecture capture and social note taking. LectureMonkey is a platform combining mobile, cloud and social computing that lets students be in charge of both lecture capture and social lecture notes. Using only their mobile phone students can automatically combine lecture capture (high quality audio, board images and presentation capture) together with student comments from the class into a crowd-sourced, social, multimedia summary of a class. With a professors support LectureMonkey provides a platform that enables students to help each other succeed, and supports lecture review anytime, anywhere.
We believe that the time is right for universal lecture capture – and our mission is to enable it.