Following Academic Board endorsement, the University has changed to an opt-out model for the Lecture Capture service in 2016. Lectures for all subjects scheduled in the central timetable will be automatically captured if they take place in Lecture Capture enabled venues.
For more information see Lecture Capture practice guidelines.
Staff may request to opt-out of automated recording for their subject. Associate Deans (Teaching & Learning) or equivalents in Faculties and Graduate Schools will oversee opt-out requests.
Staff will not need to make bookings for centrally timetabled lectures in 2016, and alterations to the timetable will automatically adjust the recording schedule. Recording of other teaching activities (e.g. seminars or tutorials) and activities not in the central timetable can be booked.
Ad hoc bookings may be required to record other events. These bookings can be made via the Lecture Capture support page.
Enquiries about the new processes can be made through the helpdesk support form.
Frequently asked questions
- How do I know if the teaching space I use has Lecture Capture facilities?
You can check the list of Lecture Capture supported venues here.
- What will be recorded?
The audio and video content (voice and data projection) of all lectures for a particular subject, will be automatically captured when scheduled in the central university timetable.
- How do I record a scheduled lecture?
Recording will automatically start five minutes after the scheduled lecture start time and end at the completion of the class (e.g. 9:05am – 10:00am). When recording begins, the button in the lower-right of the touch-panel screen will show as ‘Recording’. It is recommended that instructors wear lapel microphones to ensure free movement in the room without loss of audio quality.
- Can I edit a lecture recording?
Yes, instructors can make a lecture recording temporarily unavailable to allow editing. Step-by-step guides are available on the Learning Environments website to support this process. This is useful if you make a mistake when speaking, or if a recording has inadvertently captured private student information, for example, from a conversation with a student that takes place close to the lectern microphone. It is wise to step away from the lectern microphone if students approach you after class.
- How will students access the recordings for my subject?
Instructors can add a Lecture Capture link in their LMS subject, and students will view all recordings for the subject through this link. As each lecture is delivered and recorded, it will be automatically available to students within two hours.
- How will I know students are using the Lecture Capture recordings?
Instructors can access recording metrics by clicking the Lecture Capture link in their LMS subject. These metrics include class aggregate metrics, and identity of individual viewers, time of access, and viewing duration.
- What if my lecture style is not suited to recording?
Lecture recordings are provided as a supplement to lectures for students wishing to clarify, review or revise material, or to catch up on the occasional missed lecture. Instructors may wish to inform students that if they have not been to the lecture, some parts of the recording may not make sense to them. This is particularly relevant if the lecture contains interactive components involving student questions and responses.
- I’m concerned that lecture capture will cause decreased student attendance
Across the University more than 50% of lectures are already being recorded. Student behaviour around the use of lecture recordings is complex, which makes it difficult to establish a direct causal relationship between provision of lecture recordings and attendance. While there is limited published research in the area, studies have generally found that the provision of lecture recordings has limited impact on attendance.
- Will use of Lecture Capture negatively alter the student learning experience?
Again there are few empirical studies in the area, but evidence from the literature suggests that the most successful students are likely to have adaptive study strategies that typically include the use of lecture recordings to supplement other study activities. Some students will use lecture recordings as substitutes for lecture attendance, typically to the overall detriment of their learning.
- Can I choose to not record lectures?
Yes, automatic Lecture Capture is being implemented with an ‘opt-out’ model from 2016. Individual academic teaching staff wishing to opt-out are required to obtain approval from their Faculty or Graduate School’s Associate Dean (Teaching & Learning) or equivalent. Further information regarding acceptable reasons for opting out, and the process involved is available in the Lecture Capture guidelines PDF.