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Lecture capture

Lecture capture is an opt-in system that allows you to record your teaching sessions and publish the recordings to your students via Moodle. Lecture capture typically records the computer screen and your voice, with a small video recording of the lecturer as an optional extra.

Many lecturers choose to record their lectures to help students revise ahead of exams and other assessments. The recordings are also useful for students who have learning difficulties such as dyslexia, or who speak English as a second language, as they can go back and listen again at their own pace. Lecture capture recordings are intended to supplement, rather than replace, face-to-face teaching.

Lecture capture is available in large teaching spaces (rooms seating over 60) at City.

What is lecture capture?

Lecture capture is a system which allows you to make automatic recordings of your lectures or presentations without having to set up a camera, microphone or other recording equipment. You can record the screen, You must make a booking in advance and the system will automatically switch on and start recording at the appropriate time. After this, you can publish the recording(s) to your students by adding a link via add activity or resource to Moodle.

The system allows you to record audio, the computer screen and video. You do not need to record video if you do not want to. Many people opt for "slides-and-audio" recording only - although the system will record whatever you show on the PC, the visualiser or a laptop, not just PowerPoint slides.

Where is lecture capture available?

Please see the Educational Technology Guidance page on Lecture Capture for a list of learning spaces with lecture capture provision.

Benefits of lecture capture to students

Lecture capture is used in many universities in the UK and around the world. The ability to review lecture recordings is particularly useful for students whose first language is not English, or students with a learning difficulty such as dyslexia which makes it difficult for them to take notes - many students make their own low-quality recordings of lectures already and lecture capture allows staff to offer them better quality, easier-to-use recordings.

However, this facility is appreciated by many students, especially for revision ahead of exams, and to help with note-taking and content review after each lecture. Studies have shown that these systems are widely used by students where they are available and can help students to take a more active part in lectures when they know that they will be able to review the content later rather than feeling that they must take word-for-word notes during the lecture itself.

Lecture capture and student attendance

Although lecture capture might be expected to reduce attendance, there is little evidence of this among comparable UK institutions. Studies suggest that students can participate more actively in sessions when they feel able to take fewer notes. Usage reports also show that students tend to review short passages rather than watching or re-watching entire recordings, suggesting that they tend to use the facility to review complex or important parts of the lecture.

Of course, it will be necessary to be clear with students about the expected uses of lecture capture recordings. While students will most likely not get the full benefit of watching the lectures online rather than attending in person, some may assume that they no longer need to attend. It is lecturers' responsibility to ensure students understand that lecture capture recordings are provided as a supplement, not a replacement, for teaching.

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