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University releases new policy on the recording of lectures

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The University's new lecture recording policy will mean that audio and visual recordings of lectures will be more widespread. It states that it strongly encourages all staff to record lectures and appropriate learning and teaching activities where recording facilities are available.

The recording of lectures is encouraged in order to:

  • aid students who have particular accessibility requirements or educational needs;
  • aid students in revision or post lecture review;
  • enable complex ideas/concepts to be revisited and reflected upon;
  • support students for whom English is not a first language.

Schools will now communicate to students the timescale for how quickly lecture recordings will be made available to students.

Students' Union Education Officer, Bethan Hunt, said:

Bethan Hunt

This is a really positive move to improve accessibility in lectures and is really useful revision tool for students. I implore the University to facilitate this across campus. I will be meeting with ITS over summer to lobby them to improve video recording to allow this scheme to work with blackboards which is crucial if this is going to work with Maths and Science subjects.

The University has acknowledged that not all lectures can be recorded and that some lectures or learning and teaching activities may not be appropriate for recording. Where lectures or teaching and learning activity is not recorded, lecturers will implement reasonable adjustments for disabled students in order to ensure equal access to the information covered in the teaching session.

The policy outlines that lecture recordings are not intended to replace attendance at live lectures, that recorded material is being provided solely for the purposes of personal study and must not be reproduced or distributed. and that inappropriate use of recorded material by students is a disciplinary matter.

The policy also reminds students that the visual recording of lectures or any other form of teaching and learning activity is not permitted without the explicit prior consent of the lecturer and other individuals involved.

Download the full policy [Word doc]

For more information about the policy please email tel@sussex.ac.uk.

 

 

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