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Putting Lectures Online

Publishing recordings of lectures and other recorded audio and video teaching materials is a growing practice supported by a loose family of technologies, often awkwardly labeled ‘lecture capture’. At this seminar Dr Jon Anderson of the School of City and Regional Planning, Steven Vaughan of Cardiff Law School, and Dr Steve Rutherford of the School of Biosciences presented three contrasting perspectives on how this practice can be used to supplement, or even redefine, teaching practice. The session was well attended, with around 50 members of staff hearing from the speakers and engaging in question and answers and discussion.

The event was recorded using simple (and cheap) digital cameras and a digital audio recorder, and subsequently edited to combine audio and video with the slides.

In this first video, Simon Wood gives an overview of the themes of the session and introduces the speakers.

In the first presentation, Jon Anderson talks about recording supplementary ‘mini-lectures’ to prepare students and enhance face to face lectures.

The following is an audio recording of the question and answer session that followed. Apologies for the variability of the sound quality – most questions were audible enough to include in the recording but a few are still quite difficult to hear, owing to some questioners being a long distance from the microphone.

Steven Vaughan was unfortunately unable to attend the meeting in person, but spoke to Simon on camera about the Cardiff Law School’s experience recording all of the lectures on their undergraduate programme in the 2012/13 session. The following video was played during the seminar.

Although Steven was obviously not present to take questions, the video raised a number of interesting discussion points, captured in the following audio recording (with, again, apologies for the variable quality).

The final presentation was from Steve Rutherford, who talked about recording before, during and after the lecture; with a particular focus on pre-recording lecture material for students to create more time for questions and discussion during face to face meetings.

Again, the question and answer session following Steve’s presentation was recorded (but with variable audio quality in places).

Following the presentations, participants were asked to write down and rank the benefits that they were realising, or aspired to realise, through the recording of lectures or teaching material in their own teaching programmes. Any University member interested in further discussions, meetings or events were invited to join the Lectures Online Community in Connections, by following the link and clicking on “join community” (or by emailing Simon Wood).

If you are interested in how these recordings were made using portable and relatively inexpensive equipment, there’s a video describing the process here.

Finally, Sharon Magill has already written a post on her experience attending this event: Changing the way we teach lectures, if you have written up your reflections or have some feedback to share, please comment below!