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Updates, announcements, and other items of interest from eLearning, Teaching and Learning Facilities (ITS).

Echo360 Academic Champion Grant

Echo360, the software behind Otago Capture, is offering a $3000AUD grant for an “Academic Champion”.  This is for Academic staff who are using Otago Capture in their teaching.  The grant includes:

  • 2 day workshop (incl flights, accomodation etc)
  • $3000 AUD to support adoption of Otago Capture within Otago
  • Registration, flights, accomodation for the annual Echo360 A/NZ Conference

Echo will have more information about the grant soon. But if you’re interested please contact the eLearning team or check out the poster below.

Academic Champion poster

Otago Capture Ready for 2018

ITS eLearning is excited to announce the arrival of the new and improved Otago Capture. Several papers in Summer School are already using the new system.  The Otago Capture Administration Application will be available to use on Thursday 15th of February for 2018 papers.  The application has been updated to work with the new version of Otago Capture.

This version of Otago Capture is now available and includes significant advantages over the previous version.  Some key improvements are:

  • In Lecture: Capture can be used to deliver your lecture, with students following along in real time, asking questions, and sending notifications if they find anything confusing.
  • Student Note Taking: Students can now take notes directly within Capture when watching the recording (or when following along with the slides in the Lecture Theatre). These notes are tied to the context they were taken (i.e. the time of the video, or the specific slide), and can be revisited for effective revision.
  • Improved Analytics: Analytics are now more specific. Instructors can see how many students followed along during a given lecture, watched the recordings, took notes, and so on.
  • Technical improvements: This version of Otago Capture does not use the outdated Flash software, instead it uses HTML5 to display the recordings and slides, which allows for full compatibility with modern browsers, and superior security.
  • Mobile App: A mobile app for watching the recordings, and taking notes. Instructors can also upload videos using this app.

You can find more information on the Otago Capture Help Site.

eLearning will be holding demonstrations of the new system on the 16th and 19th of February, more information can be found on our Seminars Page. If you would like us to give a demonstration for your department please contact us at or contact the ITS Service Desk.

IT Training will also be running two training sessions in February for Otago Capture, you can sign up for these from the IT Training site.


Demo video for students – Otago Capture

We’ve made a very short video (about two and a half minutes) that demonstrates the main features of the new Otago Capture system from a student perspective.

Please feel free to show this video to students in any lectures or tutorials, and to upload it to the Capture section for any course. You can watch this video on Unitube here.

Alternatively, you can download a copy of the video using the following link:

Capture demo video for students Jan2018