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BoilerCast is a lecture capture system that enhances and extends instructional activities in face-to-face, blended, and fully online courses.  It is available in all classrooms and is powered by software and hardware from Echo360. All of the classrooms are equipped with a microphone and either software or a hardware appliance that allows the Echo360 system to record lectures in real time.

BoilerCast provides the following benefits for faculty and students: 

  • Students may review recorded lectures to increase retention of content covered during lecture
  • Faculty may pre-record a lecture or create supplemental material for student viewing at a later time
  • BoilerCast recordings may be scheduled for every class meeting during a semester, or just for single events.

Used By:  

Faculty and Students

Workstation Installation:
Required if using Personal Capture.  iTunes installation may also be required.

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Teaching with BoilerCast

New for 2015!

BoilerCast is now part of the Active Learning Platform (ALP) from Echo360. Instructors and students who have activated their ALP account may login at echo360.org.

Learn more about ALP

Who Can Use BoilerCast?

Faculty and staff can use BoilerCast to create recordings of their lectures or other activities.  Students may view BoilerCast recordings via Blackboard Learn or directly through ALP.

BoilerCast Capture Types

There are three types of capture available:

    • Classroom Capture:  The instructor audio and the display of the ITaP computer can be captured in any classroom  Captures can be scheduled in advance or started ad hoc by the presenter  Scheduled classroom captures can be automatically processed and made available to students without any intervention from the instructor. In addition to lectures, classroom capture can record help sessions, seminars, student presentations, or any other classroom event.  

      In some classrooms enhanced capture is available using an Echo360 capture appliance. In rooms that have an Echo360 appliance installed, capture is available from any device connected to the projector, including document cameras or laptops. These rooms also allow live streaming of the capture so students may view it from a remote location.

      More about the capture options is available in Instructor Resources.
    • Personal Capture: This capture includes audio plus desktop only, or desktop and video from a webcam.  This is similar to the Classroom Capture, but instructors have the ability to create and edit custom instructional content from any location.  Echo360 Personal Capture must be installed and configured on your computer, and is available for both the Macintosh and Windows PC. Personal Capture Guide
    • Upload Content:  You can upload media captured from other sources into BoilerCast. Uploading Content

Using BoilerCast In Your Class

BoilerCast can be used in classes to provide additional learning materials to students that can be accessed by your students at any time they need to review content from your lecture.  BoilerCast can be set to record without any intervention from you, allowing you to focus on instruction.

Workstation Installation and Licensing

BoilerCast is pre-installed in all classrooms on campus.  For Personal Capture, software must be installed on the faculty member's computer.  

Faculty wishing to install Personal Capture on a self-supported computer should review the Personal Capture Guide document before obtaining and installing the software.  Faculty using a computer supported by Purdue should first contact their local IT support group to determine if the software may be installed on their computer.

Scheduling a BoilerCast Recording

BoilerCast Locations on Campus

All centrally scheduled classrooms on campus have BoilerCast installed.  View a list of rooms with BoilerCast recording available.

Students with Disabilities

If you are receiving academic adjustments and/or auxiliary services from the Disability Resource Center (DRC) and need help accessing a BoilerCast lecture, please contact your Accommodations Specialist in the DRC or the ITaP Assistive Technology Center.

Training and Support

If you experience technical issues with using BoilerCast, please call (765) 494-4000 (44000 on campus) or email itap@purdue.edu.  

To schedule a meeting with a consultant to discuss using BoilerCast, please email tlt-consulting@purdue.edu.