IS&T has equipped a set of classrooms for automated, unattended video and audio recording of lectures that appear on the MIT Subject Listing and Schedule and are enrolled in this program.

Note: Recording only takes place in these rooms if initiated by a request from the instructor via the MIT Atlas app.

Sign up: To use pre-scheduled lightweight lecture capture, update the MIT Atlas app on your mobile device or desktop, or install the latest version linked on The "Lecture Capture" tile lists any subject you are scheduled to teach if at least one section is in a room with IS&T’s lecture capture infrastructure. Instructors will be able to schedule or cancel recurring recordings and add co-instructors directly in the app. There is no cost to instructors or departments for participating in the program. Review full details of the solution below. Before you sign up, be sure to review this guidance from the Teaching + Learning Lab to understand your options for supporting students who are out, and considerations if you plan to record your teaching sessions.

Available To 
Faculty, Lecturers, Instructors

Benefits and key features

No cost: This service is being provided by IS&T at no cost to instructors or departments.

Ease of use: This solution is called “lightweight” because the service requires the instructor to do relatively little work to set up recording, storage, and distribution.

Microphone provided: To record audio, IS&T will provide a wireless lapel microphone to each instructor teaching in these classrooms to keep.

Video captured on a schedule: Each classroom in the program has at least one camera aimed to capture the boards and the front of the room where the instructor stands. Upon your request via the MIT Atlas app, IS&T will automate video recording when your class is scheduled to be held for the rest of the semester. We will ask you to confirm the days and times when you sign up. Please note a full production video recorded by trained technicians on-site in the classroom will generally be of higher quality than unattended video capture. You may view sample stills from video captured from the pilot of the lightweight lecture capture program.

Links emailed to you: For each class session enrolled in this program, you will receive links by email for a webcast, recording, and downloads. The recording and webcast will utilize the Panopto platform, an all-in-one secure video platform licensed for use at MIT, integrated with our Canvas learning management system and Zoom collaboration platforms. You may distribute these links at your discretion to students who must isolate or quarantine.

Webcast option: You will receive a unique webcast link for each class session. The webcast has a 1-3 minute time delay, and may be used by the instructor or teaching assistant to check the video and audio recording before class begins. Instructors may distribute the webcast link to students who must isolate or quarantine, allowing their students to watch their classes at the scheduled class time if they feel well enough. The webcast is not the same as interactive or synchronous learning -- it’s a delayed stream of what is being actively recorded. The Fall 2021 Teaching Resources posted by TLL indicate “Unless you have significant previous experience with hybrid teaching & learning, and access to specific hardware & software, it is not recommended that you attempt simultaneous in-person and remote instruction.”

Call 32-HELP-U for support: While technical staff do not need to be present during your class to enable recording, support is available by phone (617-32-HELP-U or 617-324-3578) and email ( if you encounter any difficulty.


You must be the instructor for a class listed in the MIT Subject Listing and Schedule.

Getting started

Lightweight Lecture Capture user guide in the Knowledge Base.

Note: If you are not assigned to one of the rooms with this service and wish to be, please contact the Office of the Registrar at If you wish to request a room be equipped for future semesters, contact Other current lecture capture options are listed here.

The rooms currently in the program are:

1-135, 1-150, 1-190
3-133, 3-270, 3-333, 3-370
4-144, 4-145, 4-149, 4-153, 4-159, 4-163, 4-231, 4-237, 4-249, 4-261, 4-265, 4-270, 4-370
5-134, 5-234
24-115, 24-121
32-124, 32-141, 32-144, 32-155
56-114, 56-154
66-144, 66-168
E51-057, E51-361

Note: Recording only takes place in these rooms if initiated by a request from the instructor via the MIT Atlas app.