Lecture Capture is audio and video technology for recording lectures and other teaching and learning activities. This technology is now available in hundreds of central teaching rooms across the University.
The lecture capture system allows automated recording of scheduled teaching events in over 260 central teaching spaces, capturing audio, presented screen, and video (where a video camera is available). It is also possible to make an ad-hoc recording in rooms where there is no scheduled activity.
In rooms where the video cameras are installed, the majority of these are front facing and at a fixed angle capturing the front of the room (silver rooms). Some larger lecture theatres (gold rooms) are fitted with tracking cameras which follow the lecturer's movements around the room. All rooms are equipped with audio recording equipment in the front of the room. To check the audio and visual capabilities of any teaching room visit: http://ses.leeds.ac.uk/rooms.
Captured content is stored on Mediasite, the University's media management system and can be accessed directly at https://mymedia.leeds.ac.uk or via the VLE. Staff need to review and approve their content to make it available to students.
For a more detailed overview of lecture capture and the editing process see our online resource on Lecture Capture and Media Management
The implementation of Lecture Capture was the first strand of the University Digital Learning Programme. For more details see the Digital Learning Programme website pages for staff.
Lecture capture and multimedia overview (campus or remote access only)
Research into the provision of recorded materials has shown that in most cases there are many benefits to student learning (Lecture Capture: Current Research and Future Directions, Pursel & Fang 2012; Exploring the use of Video Podcasts in Education, Kay 2012; Podcasts in Undergraduate Higher Education Courses, Walker & Milman 2011; Student Use of Recorded Lectures, Karnad 2013). The main uses for these materials have been shown to be:
- Revision materials for examinations
- Reviewing complex concepts at a learner’s own pace
- Allowing focus on the content during the learning session as note taking can be done later from a recorded version
- Access to a learning experience when live events can’t be attended
Once materials have been captured they become a resource that can be utilised for a variety of purposes at a later date. For example:
- Video/audio resources can be used to implement a “flipped classroom” approach (Educause, 2012) where face-to-face time is used for more interactive sessions
- Visiting lecturers and one-off events are made available for reuse
- Recorded student presentations can be used for assessment and peer review
- Promoting the quality of teaching practised at the University of Leeds
See the examples and case studies on the What do you want to do: Record something resource
The timetable software has been programmed to enable recordings to be synchronised with the timetable for teaching sessions, and to start/end automatically without staff intervention. Recordings may also be made on an ad-hoc basis as required.
The default setting in the timetable software will be for the lecture capture system to make a recording of all timetabled teaching sessions as the recording equipment permits in the teaching rooms unless timetablers are instructed otherwise by Schools or Services with sufficient notice.
For further details of this see Guidance to Heads of School and Staff on implementation of the University Policy on Audio or Video Recording for Educational Purposes.
During the recording staff will be able to easily pause recordings during the session, using a button on the lectern.
After a session, staff will be prompted to review, edit and approve the recording for seamless publication to the relevant VLE module area for students to view, or make the recording available to a wider audience on a variety of platforms including the University’s VideoLeeds, iTunesU and YouTube channels.
The University Policy on Audio or Video Recording for Educational Purposes sets out the legal framework for recording.
All teaching materials which are produced by staff as part of their employment at the University of Leeds belong to the University of Leeds. This includes the performance rights in any lecture capture recording made for educational purposes.
Schools and Services will determine when it is appropriate for lecture capture recordings to be made by the University and develop local frameworks for recording. The Policy and Guidance sets out full details of legal rights and responsibilities. Key points include:
- Staff and Students must be given notice of recordings and intended publication
- Staff and Students may opt out of being recorded
- Staff and Students may request that a recording is edited
- Staff must give explicit consent to external publication
- Students are not permitted to make unauthorised recordings.
See the Essentials pages of this website for more information, including information on Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights and Inclusive Student Education practices.