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Screen and Class Capture Service Overview



Classroom capture generally refers to lecture recording: a live class is being recorded, capturing the instructor’s computer display, the instructor and the front of the physical classroom, or both. TechSmith Relay (formerly Camtasia Relay) and Echo360 are commonly used for this.

Screen capture, tablet capture, and pen casting are techniques used to author curricular materials in preparation for a classroom session. This is done by recording computer presentations, presentations executed on tablets, such as an iPad, or drawn with a computerized pen. These materials are meant to be reviewed by students before class. Class time is shifted away from content presentation towards more active learning activities (problem solving, discussion). This approach is often termed “flipping the classroom”.

The most frequently used capture tool at Dartmouth is TechSmith Relay. It is installed on all classroom computers and can be installed on any faculty computer as well.

Quick Access

To create a TechSmith Relay account and download the TechSmith Relay recording software, go to  

To set up classroom capture with Echo360, email [email protected].

For tablet capture or pencasting assistance, email [email protected].

Available to

All Dartmouth users

Benefits and Features

The main benefit of lecture recording or screen capture is vastly improved content access for students. Students can review lecture content whenever they choose: they can correct their notes, skip over familiar content, and review confusing sections multiple times. Knowing that a lecture recording will be made available has been shown to greatly reduce student anxiety during class, especially in content-heavy courses.

These advantages also apply when content is authored for student consumption before class. This technique has the additional benefit of freeing up class time for more creative or problem-based learning activities.

Which tool is best to use depends on the needs of individual classes and instructors. TechSmith Relay meets many needs and is very easy to use. The simple interface prompts instructors to record and to submit their recording for processing; then, the system sends an email with a link to the finished recording. Pencasts are popular in disciplines where keyboard input is difficult. Engineering drawings, mathematical proofs or chemical equations can easily be created this way. All of these recordings can easily be embedded in Canvas.

There are many best practices for lecture capture and for producing captures outside the class. An Instructional Designer can give advice on what tool might be best for a given class and share ideas for using it most effectively. Email [email protected] to set up a consulting session.


In order to use TechSmith Relay, you must install the TechSmith Relay recorder, available at There are versions of the screen recorder for both Windows and Mac. Android and iOS users can capture and upload videos on mobile using the Fuse mobile apps.

Tutorials and self-service help for Techsmith Relay can be found at

Get Started

The best way to determine what recording tools you might use is to talk through your needs and goals with an Instructional Designer. Contact them via email at [email protected].


If you have any questions about how best to get started with class or personal capture, email [email protected].

Academic Technology Services
Classroom Support
Last updated: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017

If you have questions or need further information, contact your department's IT support office, or contact the IT Service Desk via email at [email protected], via phone at 603-646-2999 or walk in to see them in Baker/Berry 178J.

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