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Lecture Capture

In 2015, significant investment was made in the provision of audio-visual facilities on the Strand campus, and as a result lecture capture was inaugurated in 2015-16 – that is the recording of lectures as they happen for students to revisit later on KEATS – for the first time in our Faculty. It had been apparent from student surveys, feedback and other consultations both with students directly and through KCLSU that the introduction of lecture capture had become a high priority for our students, and I was delighted that we were able to respond to this feedback in this way. 

Below is some more information about the use of lecture capture in our Faculty: styles of teaching and the content taught differ significantly between faculties, and the College is therefore supporting each faculty in developing the most appropriate approach for its own students.

Arthur Burns 

Former Vice-Dean for Education

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

What is lecture capture?

Lecture capture is the recording of lectures and subsequent publication of teaching sessions. It was introduced in 2015/16 and the majority of modules and lectures are recorded. Seminars are not recorded.

Lectures will be captured in a variety of ways: some with video of the lecturer and presentation; others with simply the PowerPoint/other presentation and audio; others with audio only. Which method is adopted depends partly on the AV equipment in the room and partly on the content and style of the lecture.

Students with disabilities who have prior permission of the staff involved, will still be able to record lectures via their own devices. These recordings are for personal use only and should not be shared.

How can I use lecture capture?

It is very important to understand that listening to the lecture capture is not a substitute for attendance at the lecture, so you will be expected to attend lectures as normal. The capture is intended for revisiting after a lecture, perhaps during revision, or if you have found it difficult to follow for some reason: there are some very useful suggestions on how to best make use of lecture capture to enhance your study here. 

How will I know if my lecture is recorded?

You won't know if a lecture is being recorded until the start of the session.

Any lecture which is being captured will be clearly indicated: a red light will go on at the front of the room, and the light will also clearly indicate where recording is paused or stopped.

The lecturer may also mention it at the start of the session or use an slide to highlight this. 

What if I want to ask a question?

You should still ask any questions you would like to in the normal manner. 

Any student who wishes to ask a question during a lecture and does not wish to be recorded is entitled to ask for the recording to be paused while they do so: we would much rather this happened than that you did not ask a question!

Where/when can I access the recording?

Recordings will be made available up to 48 hours after the event that was being recorded. If your lectures have been captured, there will be a link on the relevant KEATS module area. Clicking this link will take you through to an Echo360 site where you should be able to listen or watch the recording. 

Can I download the lectures?

It is strictly forbidden to download and distribute the recordings. Any student who does so will be subject to a serious disciplinary proceedings.

It is very important to note that the lectures you hear are made available under strict rules that prohibit downloading and distribution of the lectures. Many lectures will include as yet unpublished research or sensitive material. For the policy to be a success it is essential that you take these rules very seriously indeed, as otherwise there is a risk that staff may be reluctant to include some of the material that often makes a live lecture such a memorable part of studying at a research-intensive university like King’s.

Students with disabilities who have prior permission of the staff involved, will still be able to record lectures via their own devices. These recordings are for personal use only and should not be shared.

Why aren't all my lectures recorded?

Only certain rooms with capacity of 21 and above have the technology to be able to record lectures. If lectures are not scheduled in rooms with the capability, staff are unable to record lectures. 

Some staff have also opted not to have their lectures recorded, for genuine reasons such as the use of copyright material or sensitive material, which cannot be recorded. Some staff will also use an interactive style of teaching, involving student participation and discussion, which make these lectures unsuitable for recording.  

It is important to emphasise that while we hope you will experience at least some lecture capture during this coming year, there is no expectation that all the lectures you attend will be made available in this form. Rather we hope that you will help us as a Faculty to explore what works (and what doesn’t!) so that we can continuously improve our provision, giving you the additional support that lecture capture can offer as effectively as possible. 

Students with disabilities who have prior permission of the staff involved, will still be able to record lectures via their own devices. These recordings are for personal use only and should not be shared.

Will my seminars be recorded?

No - seminars will not be recorded. This is due to the interactive nature of seminars which contain lots of discussion and don't lend themselves to being recorded. 

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