Being Inclusive

The University is committed to delivering a world class, innovative and flexible learning environment for all our students as well as a supportive and professional working environment for all our staff.  See the University Equality and Inclusion Strategic Overview . The Digital Learning Programme supports this agenda. Further information on the University’s support for the equality and inclusion agenda is available on the Equality Service website. You can also take an online course which provides University staff with an introduction to equality, inclusion and diversity.

You can also visit the SDDU Online web pages on What is Diversity at Leeds?

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Digital Learning Programme support Inclusive Student Education?

There are many educational benefits to recording for educational purposes, some of which are summarised below:

  • Flexible learning – any time and anywhere access to learning materials, at the learners own pace;
  • Multi-modal learning – providing learning materials in multiple formats to suit individual learning preferences;
  • Deep learning – ability to evaluate and contextualise learning materials over time
  • Accessibility – particularly useful for students with special educational needs;
  • Practicality – ability to pause, repeat and / or revisit complex learning materials to increase understanding.

Recordings of face-to-face educational activities have the following specific perceived benefits:

  • Access to learning resources in context (as opposed to accessing slides and handouts without the benefit of the session discussion and interaction);
  • Revisiting complex ideas, sequences of practical steps and parts of the session poorly understood – particularly beneficial for second language speakers, disabled students, students attempting to multi-task in the session;
  • Increases learners’ ability to concentrate more fully in a face to face teaching session without the anxiety about the quality of note-taking;
  • Supports research based learning e.g. recordings of master classes, visiting speakers, research seminars;
  • Allows for editing of material to highlight key points;
  • Provides an opportunity for students to review content of interest beyond the constraints of their timetabled activity.

Pre-recorded audio and video learning resources have the following additional perceived benefits:

  • Ability to storyboard the learning materials (e.g. narration over multimedia) for release to learners;
  • Allows for introductory learning materials to be delivered online, freeing up face-to-face time for collaboration, interaction and discussion in line with flipped learning pedagogical principles;
  • Multimedia and interactive learning resources increase student engagement and enjoyment of the subject, increasing the likelihood of improved educational outcomes.

Recordings of audio video materials in the context of assessment have the following perceived benefits:

  • Provides a record of assessed student work (e.g. oral presentations);
  • Provides the ability for students and teachers to evaluate, critique and reflect on performances;
  • Ability to provide personalised or generic audio and / or video feedback on performance or assessed work.

In accordance with the University Policy on Audio or Video Recording for Educational Purposes, students will not able to make their own recordings for educational purposes. Why will students not be allowed to make their own recordings?

Students will be able to record where authorised and integral to their teaching and learning activities (e.g. part of an assessment process).  Unauthorised recordings will not be permitted.  This ensures that the staff and student opt out of being recorded allowed for under the policy is possible and enforceable i.e. it is not appropriate for any individual to record staff or students who have opted out from being recorded.  To do otherwise would be to put the University and others at risk because the University would not be able to control their protection of rights.

What about Disabled Students with a need to record?

 A disabled student may record for their private study purposes if this need has been agreed in advance with Disabled Students Assessment and Support.

Further Resources and Information

JISC TechDis is the leading UK advisory service on technologies for inclusion and has comprehensive resources and advice available on making resources inclusive .