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.
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!
Samuel Dedman (SUSU VP Education 2017-19, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Monday 18th Mar 2019 4:10pm
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:
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,
SUSU VP Education 2017-19, email@example.com
Monday 25th Feb 2019 4:40pm
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If lectures are recorded, they should just be plainly available. You shouldn't have to request access to them.
In general, I don't believe a significant number students will skip lectures and instead simply watch the recordings. Even when my lectures are recorded essentially everyone still turns up.