UTSC’s Automated Recording Apparatus (AuRA) is a new recording system using AI-powered, auto-tracking cameras to follow the instructor as they move around the front of the classroom. Projected content (slides, images, etc.) is captured in a separate video stream while all audio signals from the podium are captured as well. Recordings start and stop automatically according to a pre-programmed schedule, appearing in Quercus within three hours of the end of class.
AuRA is currently available in the following classrooms:
Modern lecture capture at UTSC began with WebOption over a decade ago. A trained student videographer sets up a camcorder, tripod, and wireless microphone kit at the back of your classroom before each lecture. The recordings are of high quality; the videographer follows the instructor around the room and they are able to capture student discussion in smaller classrooms via built-in camera microphone. This recording method is still the best and only way to film instructors who teach mainly with chalk and blackboard. Recordings appear on Quercus within 24 hours of the end of the lecture.