Lecture Capture FAQ

What are the benefits of Lecture Capture?

The ability to review lecture recordings is particularly useful for;

  • students whose first language is not English, or students with a learning difference which makes it difficult for them to take notes. It provides the opportunity to review and make notes in the best way suitable for them.

  • revision ahead of exams and other assessments.

  • revisiting and reviewing difficult topics or concepts at your own pace.

  • giving greater freedom to participate more actively in lectures, e.g. by making notes of the key points and concepts, and spending more time asking questions and thinking more deeply about subject matter, knowing that you can review the content later to fill in any gaps in your knowledge.

Watch this short video 'Lecture Capture Tips for Students' (produced by Learning Success in Learning Enhancement and Development, LEaD, (4 mins)

Will all my lectures be recorded?

It is the lecturer’s decision as to whether they use lecture capture. For some lectures it may not be appropriate and therefore not used. The lecturer should tell you that the lecture is being recorded.

How can I ensure I am not recorded during Lecture Capture?

Your lecturer will tell you if they are using Lecture Capture. To ensure that you are not recorded, you may choose to sit further back in the room as the cameras pick up the lectern and the front of the room.

Please be aware that questions asked or discussions held near the microphones and the lecturer’s lapel microphone may be picked up if the lecture is being recorded.

When will lecture capture recordings be available?

Recordings will be available via your Moodle module, and can take up to 24 hours to process. It is the decision of your lecturer to choose when to release them. They may choose to release them at a later date for educational reasons.

What does a Lecture Capture recording contain?

You can view an example Lecture Capture. Your Lecture Capture will contain audio of your lecturer and may also include a feed from the lecturer’s PC, laptop of visualiser and/or a video of the lecturer.

When might I be recorded?

Sometimes your lecturer may choose to record you giving a presentation or a performance - they may choose to do this for examination purposes or to provide you with feedback. This requirement should be outlined to you at the start of your course and you will be asked to sign a consent form.

Is viewing lecture capture a substitute for attending lectures?

The viewing of lecture capture recordings is not a substitute for attendance at lectures. You can’t recreate the unique, spontaneous nature of a lecture but you can use lecture capture to return to your lectures for revision and to fill in gaps in knowledge. Discussions and questions and answers may not be picked up by microphones so the main benefit of recordings is to recap on the content delivered by the lecturer.

Lecture capture provides greater freedom to participate more actively in lectures, e.g. by making notes of the key points and concepts, and spending more time asking questions or thinking more deeply about subject matter, knowing that you can review the content later to fill in any gaps in your knowledge. Attending lectures allows the opportunity for students to;

  • gain immediate feedback and support from your lecturer.  

  • view copyrighted material shown that cannot be recorded, view in class discussions that are not recorded or audible.

  • Immediately know what the lecture was about; some lecturers may choose to make the recordings available at a later date, for example, at the end of term, in time for exams. However it is likely you will be required to know lecture content to prepare for a seminar, tutorial or lab session.

  • Experiencing the lecture with your peers allows you to make connections and discuss lecture topics together before, during and after a lecture, further aiding your understanding.

  • spread out your learning across the term and avoiding cramming and watching many hours of lecture capture in one go before an assignment or exam.

  • view a lecture when the lecture has not been recorded. As with all technology, it is possible that there may be problems with recordings.

How can I use lecture capture recordings effectively?

You can use lecture capture recordings for note taking, allowing you to expand on your note taking during the live lecture. The recordings allow you to pause, play and rewind the lectures in order to make effective notes for assignments or exam revision. For more information on lecture capture and using the recordings please watch the watch this short video 'Lecture Capture Tips for Students' (4 mins)

You can find more guidance on note making on the library study skills pages at www.city.ac.uk/library or find out about academics skills workshops via the Student Academic Development and Student Wellbeing Moodle Module: http://tiny.cc/learningsuccess.

What should I do if I have a technical problem with lecture capture?

If you have difficulty accessing lecture capture recordings via Moodle, or lecture capture recordings do not work, please use the IT Service Desk self-service centre or call 020 7040 8181.