What is Bruincast?
BruinCast is a service offered and subsidized by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching to video record and/or audio record regularly scheduled undergraduate lectures for later playback from the course website.
The service is designed to provide instructional enhancement to current undergraduate students, using funding specifically allocated for that purpose by the state. When you sign up for BruinCast each quarter and your request is approved, the class sessions you teach for the entire quarter will be recorded and posted online in your course website for your students to access.
Where on campus is the bruincast service available?
BruinCast is currently available in some form in 76 classrooms on campus, including every general assignment classroom with a capacity of 60 or more.
Remote video or audio-only recording
Lecture recordings in classrooms with remotely controlled equipment are more easily accommodated because no portable equipment or crew are required. These are the 11 locations that support remotely controlled video recording (or audio-only recording):
|Broad 2160E||La Kretz 110||Young CS 24|
|Dodd 121||Math Sciences 4000A||Young CS 50|
|Dodd 147||Moore 100||Young CS 76|
|Haines 39||Physics & Astronomy 1425|
Remote audio-only recording (or video recording with portable equipment)
Audio-only recordings are generally easily accommodated if requested. Video recordings using portable equipment and a crew are possible in these classrooms depending on availability of resources. There are 65 locations where these services are available:
|Boelter 2444||Geology 4660||Physics & Astronomy 1749|
|Boelter 2760||Haines 118||Physics & Astronomy 2434|
|Boelter 3400||Haines 220||Public Affairs 1222|
|Boelter 4413||Haines A18||Public Affairs 1234|
|Boelter 5249||Haines A2||Public Affairs 1246|
|Boelter 9436||Haines A25||Public Affairs 1256|
|Broad 2100A||Haines A44||Public Affairs 1264|
|Bunche 1209B||Kaplan 135||Public Affairs 1337|
|Bunche 2209A||Kaplan 169||Public Affairs 2214|
|Bunche 3178||Kaplan A51||Public Affairs 2232|
|De Neve P350||Kaplan A65||Public Affairs 2238|
|Dodd 146||Kinsey Pavilion 1200B||Public Affairs 2250|
|Dodd 161||Kinsey Pavilion 1220B||Public Affairs 2270|
|Dodd 167||Kinsey Pavilion 1240B||Public Affairs 2284|
|Dodd 170||La Kretz 100||Rolfe 1200|
|Dodd 175||La Kretz 101||Rolfe 3126|
|Fowler A103B||La Kretz 120||Royce 190|
|Fowler A139||Math Sciences 5200||Royce 362|
|Franz 1178||Moore 1003||Young 1044|
|Franz 1260||Northwest Campus Auditorium 101A||Young 2200|
|Franz 2258A||Perloff 1102||Young 4216|
|Geology 3656||Physics & Astronomy 1434A|
Who has access to my lecture recordings?
In addition to you, only class participants such as other instructors, teaching assistants and students can access the recordings on the “Media resources” tab of your CCLE course page. You can also grant access to individuals (who must have a UCLA Logon ID) through a simple process (contact [email protected] for more information).
Audio and video recordings on your CCLE course page are streamable on demand directly in the browser and are not downloadable.
At the conclusion of each quarter, you may request copies of your lecture recordings from BruinCast for your own personal use.
Does using BruinCast change how I teach my class?
Not really. The BruinCast service is designed to be unobtrusive. In general, you can conduct your class sessions as you ordinarily would.
For your classes to be recorded properly, you must wear a wireless lavalier microphone during every class session. A lavalier is a small microphone that’s easily clipped to your shirt, collar, lapel or jacket, and is connected by a thin cord to a transmitter that you put in your pocket, clip to your belt or carry. The microphone is supplied to you at no cost by Audio Visual Services (AVS) for use throughout the quarter.
All audio and most video recordings are accomplished with permanently installed equipment that you or your students will not even be aware of. For some video-recorded courses in rooms without a remotely controlled camera, a video crew will attend each of your class sessions and record them from the back of the room.
You can use slide presentations, write on the whiteboard/chalkboard, conduct demonstrations, move around freely, interact with students and otherwise teach your class like you always do.
Will a lot of students watch the lectures online instead of attend class in person?
Published research has consistently shown that making recorded lectures available to students results in little or no negative impact on classroom attendance.
According to past surveys of UCLA students, the majority used BruinCast as a study tool during the quarter, particularly before midterms or finals, or to watch/listen to a lecture they had a legitimate reason for missing. The large uptick in streaming traffic before midterms and especially finals also suggests students often review all or parts of lectures to prepare for tests.
Instructors have tools to keep attendance at acceptable levels, including monitoring classroom attendance, halting (temporarily or permanently) BruinCast recordings, or even removing access to recordings. However, these steps are rarely necessary.
How do students access recordings of classes?
BruinCast audio and video recordings are played back via CCLE. To access BruinCast recordings, students should go to the “Media resources” tab of their CCLE course page.
New recordings are posted by the end of the next school day following a class session, and often sooner.
What if students have issues or questions regarding BruinCast recordings?
In all instances, you can direct students to contact BruinCast at [email protected].
BruinCast records, edits, processes and streams thousands of hours of media each quarter — a complex technical and logistical undertaking carried out in large measure by student workers. It’s extremely helpful when glitches or mistakes are brought to our attention so we can correct them promptly.
How do I sign up for BruinCast?
Sign up online at https://bruincast.ucla.edu before the start of each quarter.
If you are teaching in a BruinCast-equipped classroom, you will automatically receive an invitation to sign up for BruinCast before each quarter. However, even if you don’t receive an invitation you can still sign up. At a later point, we will let you know if your recording request has been approved.
Each quarter, we set out to maximize the number of courses and students we can service with the available resources.
If you are teaching in an upcoming quarter and would like BruinCast to record your course, you may want to check with your department early to make sure your course is assigned to a suitable classroom (see list above).
Remember: Even if you participated in BruinCast in past quarters, you must still sign up for the current quarter. The process is not automatic. Signing up as early as possible increases the chances that resources will be available to record your class.
Where do I get more information about BruinCast?
Please email us at [email protected]. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have.