A WORLD-first recording studio is helping La Trobe University Bendigo students receive an engaging education during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The project was funded late last year, with senior physics lecturer Dr Russell Anderson installing the technology over the summer.
One of the main features of the multi-function studio is a giant plane of glass between the speaker and the camera.
There are LED lights along the side of the glass, which makes it appear as if the lecturer is writing in mid air.
There is also a green screen in the studio, which allows lecturers to superimpose PowerPoints or other visuals in the classes.
"It's way more visually appealing and more personable," Dr Anderson said.
"This kind of technology can have an impact for student engagement. It's more engaging than just a voice over or a video of the back of a lecturer's head."
While the studio was developed before the pandemic, Dr Anderson said more lecturers started using the studio after La Trobe moved its classes online.
"It would have been used anyway, but this has basically accelerated the number of users" he said.
Paramedicine lecturer David Burns has been using the studio to record lectures and said the technology was accessible for staff.
"From my perspective, I just walk into the studio, swipe my ID card and the machine gets up and ready to start recording," he said.
"I only need to press a couple of buttons to get it started. I then just press a button to stop it recording and swipe my ID card to turn it off.
"By the time I get back to my office, the video is ready to go for my students.
"This is just a complete game changer in terms of online lecture delivery."
Dr Anderson said La Trobe's Bendigo campus was the forerunner with this technology.
"This education technology is taking the lead of adapting content to online delivery in this challenging time," he said. "It's something that we can be proud of."
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