Lecture capture is not new. We know this. We have been running pilots at various scales for several years now. However, last September, the University of Leicester took a major step in implementing lecture capture across the institution. This has been a major undertaking and demonstrates the type of cross-institutional collaboration that we need to make a real difference to the digital environment for learning and teaching. We have learned a lot in the process, and wanted to share this with the wider HE sector, so we hosted a one-day event on lecture capture on Monday, 11 September 2017.
Over 80 visitors from more than 50 institutions came here to share experiences and to learn. What made this event unique was the mix of people in the room: AV specialists, educational developers, IT and departmental coordinators, all coming together with a wealth of experience between them. There was a buzz of enthusiasm and such a great level of expertise and willingness to share it.
The concerns we spoke about were ones we have all grappled with: opt-out policies, attendance, note-taking practices, recording quality, automation, integration, student-as-consumer, classroom and mobile technologies. All of us left with some new ideas, new contacts, and above all a renewed drive to make the very best use of our respective investments into lecture capture.
During the morning, we heard case studies from the University of Leicester, University of Greenwich, University of Warwick and Loughborough University. Through their narratives, we uncovered different elements in the story of lecture capture. The speakers are kindly willing to share the recordings of their talks:
- Our Digital Campus, Ross Parry, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Digital, University of Leicester.
- Lecture capture: Augmenting timetabled classroom sessions or Opening up access to new cohorts? Jamie Harle, Senior Lecturer in Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning, Educational Development Unit, University of Greenwich.
- Lecture Capture: what have we learned? Amber Thomas, Head of Academic Technologies Team, IT Services, University of Warwick.
- Lecture Capture at Loughborough: The Story So Far…, Sarah Williamson, Assistant Director (Technology-Enhanced Learning), Centre for Academic Practice, Loughborough University.
- The University of Leicester story so far, Nichola Gretton, Educational Designer, Leicester Learning Institute, University of Leicester.
As well as the plenary talks, there was plenty of time for formal discussion, and informal networking. Colleagues from the Leicester Learning Institute have summarised the main points of these discussions, which were generated in two groups: Pedagogy, practice and policy and Implementation, training and support.
The day ended with a panel of staff and students from the University of Leicester, including representatives from Chemistry, Criminology, Medicine, IT Services, Management and Psychology. Questions were drawn from those posted by delegates to the event’s Padlet.
Discussions covered how students use recordings, uses in different subject areas, how lecture capture is supported, and how long recordings will be retained. Details of the panel members and discussions.
As we didn’t get to answer all the Padlet questions on the day, we have now opened it up for comments. Please have a look and see if you can answer any of the questions from the point of view of your institution. To do this:
- Click on this link to open the Padlet: https://padlet.com/lli01/LectureCaptureDay11092107
- Click in the Add comment area to add your own thoughts on any of the posts
In this way we hope to continue the many useful discussions that were taking place. We look forward to hearing from you!
Catherine, Rachel, Matt, Nick and Frances – the LLI lecture capture team!