Status: Accepted

Urge lecturers to record all their lectures

I believe all lectures should be recorded, as the university has the facilities to do so and it is extremely beneficial to revision, going back to after a lecture to listen to a point that you missed or use to catch up on if you are ill or any other unexpected circumstances. 

Understandably, lecturers are anxious to record lectures as they fear that student attendance will decline and rely on recordings, especially the case with smaller modules. However, even if there is a compromise, for example, withholding a recording unless requested upon, it would still prove beneficial to student learning. 

Submitted on Tuesday 19th February 2019


Hi Claudia! 

Thanks for bearing with me - I'm still awaiting a University response to the above, and as soon as I have one I'll be back in touch. I just wanted to reassure you that I'm still actively working on this at the moment - as are our SUSU Academic Reps! 

Best wishes, 

Samuel Dedman (SUSU VP Education 2017-19, vpeducation@susu.org)

Monday 18th Mar 2019 4:10pm

Hello Claudia! 

Thanks for getting in touch. Recorded lectures are a really tricky topic that I have been attempting to navigate during my time as VP Education - here are a couple of the headline challenges that spring to mind:

  1. Not all of the Common Learning Spaces at Southampton are equipped with the resources needed to lecture capture. The rooms are refurbished on a rolling cycle, so given time all of the centrally-managed spaces should be upgraded in the next few years. 
  2. There is a debate on what to record. Lectures only, Seminars only, both lectures and seminars or another alternative. This would change the way in which they could be used. 
  3. There is also a conversation about when to release the recordings. Are they released directly after the session, or later on as a revision tool?

Nevertheless the use of lecture capture has been on the rise - this graph from iSolution's MLE team shows it really well (https://twitter.com/mediaguycouk/status/1074956898296848384). Academic Reps from across the University have been lobbying for lecture capture in their respective areas of work, and have had great success. I personally feel that this is the right approach for now - by letting students lobby for change not only is their voice directly heard but it also ensures that the resources are committed to where they are most needed. If you haven't already spoken to your local SUSU Academic Rep I'd encourage you to do so - head over to www.susu.org/education to find out who they are. 

I'd be remiss at this point if I didn't mention that the SUSU Spring Elections are currently ongoing, and as such this is your perfect opportunity to ask the new VP Education & Democracy candidates for their thoughts on lecture capture. You can find out more about them here (https://www.susu.org/representation/elections-candidates.html), and ask them questions here (https://www.susu.org/elections/spring-2019/questions.html). 

I'm going to go back to the University and ask for their current stance on this, so bear with me while I do that. For now your submission is live on the SUSU website so please share it for commenting and voting. 

If you have any questions please let me know.

All the best,

Samuel Dedman

SUSU VP Education 2017-19, vpeducation@susu.org

Monday 25th Feb 2019 4:40pm


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