New Capture tool takes the pain out of keeping track of learning

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He Ako Hiringa
1 April 2021
Hit It! Capture!

Capture, a new online tool, will help He Ako Hiringa members keep track of what they’re learning online.

Clicking the Capture button at the bottom of each educational piece will create a record of the time taken to read, watch or listen to that content. Members will also be able to record their thoughts and reflections on the content, creating a Capture Record that can then be downloaded and used as a record of learning.

He Ako Hiringa custom education lead Andrea Copeland

He Ako Hiringa custom education lead and pharmacist Andrea Copeland says being able to record learning time in the electronic platform where the learning occurs is a clever idea.

“This makes it easier for health professionals to document learning as we do it, especially for incidental learning, when you read something in the course of your day that you hadn’t actually planned as education.

Each piece of content will have a time-to-read calculation so you can record how long you spent reading, listening or watching

Having the option to record notes at the source of the information will save time and effort. That it will align with reflection elements of pharmacy, nursing and GP professional bodies’ requirements for continuing professional development makes it even better.”

Ms Copeland says she is looking forward to using Capture for maintenance of her own learning activities as a registered pharmacist.

Across three sites

The tool is being rolled out on three websites published by The Health Media –, and

So, exactly how does it work?

More details on how Capture works can be found in these Frequently Asked Question.

What is Capture?

Capture is an online tool that enables you to keep a record of the articles you Read, videos you Watch, podcasts you Listen to and the reports you Delve into, or the total time you Explore an article on our website. The time spent is recorded and you can also “capture” your thoughts and reflections in a Capture Note which can be stored and edited in your Capture Record.

Why would I use Capture?

Capture is a good way of keeping track of your favourite content or saving resources that may contribute towards your learning goals.

Where do I find the Capture function?

The Capture function sits at the end of most resources.

How do I use Capture?

It’s easy. You must first be logged in to your He Ako Hiringa account. When you see the Capture button at the end of a resource, click on it. The name of the resource, its author, date of publication and time to Read (or Watch, Listen, Delve or Explore) will be recorded in your Capture Record. You will be given the option of writing some notes – your Capture Notes, about the resource.

If you leave the site to Watch a video or Listen to a podcast, you will need to click back to our website to record your thoughts on Capture.

What do the following terms mean and what do they measure?

Read: This is the time taken to read an article.
Listen: The time it takes to listen to a podcast.
Watch: The time it takes to watch a video.
Delve: The time it takes to read an attached PDF or article via a link.
Explore: If the main resource has more than one piece of content (podcast, video, report) attached to it, Capture records the total time for those activities.

Where is my Capture Record kept?

To find your Capture Record, the content you have captured, go to “My Account”, at the top right of You will also find a Capture Record link at the bottom of each resource.

What if I have already Captured a resource?

If you have already “Captured” a resource, this will be indicated at the end of the piece with the word Captured. You will be given the option of adding to or editing your Capture Note.

Can anyone else see my Capture Record?

As long as you log in to your own account and don’t share login details, your record will remain private.

How can I use Capture for my continuing professional development?

Content you save may include interesting resources you can take to your peer group meetings. Or you might find resources on a specific area you need to cover as one of your activities that relates to your professional development goals.

How do I use my saved articles?

Resources will appear as a list that can be downloaded as a spreadsheet (CSV file), so you have it as a record for professional development purposes.

How are the Capture times calculated?

The time to Read an article is automatically calculated using an algorithm. The time to Listen to a podcast or Watch a video is the length of the recording. The time to Delve into a report is estimated manually based on the number of words in a report and an average reading speed of 300wpm. We don’t include appendices in the count and it’s possible some people will read faster or slower.

And what is Explore?

When there is more than one additional activity, ie, you Read an article, Watch and Delve, the total time for Watch and Delve is added to give an Explore time which shows at the top of the article. But the individual times will still who in your Capture record.

Why was Capture created?

We saw this a resource we could offer to make it easier for primary healthcare clinicians to record and reach their professional development goals.