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VStream: Benefits to staff of recording lectures

While a minority of students may think of recorded lectures as a substitute for attending a live lecture, the majority of students will attend your lectures and also make use of your recorded lecture to review what was discussed, clarify points and add to their lecture notes. Recorded lectures offer students a second chance to grasp your lecture material or better still, interact with it. You can assist the recorded lecture review process by ‘chunking’ your lecture and including ‘signposts’ and interactive elements that help students to know when to pause or reflect or discuss the material that you are presenting. The VStream system provides you with detailed information on how students are using the recordings and this can guide your preparation of future lectures or supplementary materials.

Key points

  • The literature points to blended learning (on-line and face-to-face) as having a greater advantage relative to face-to-face teaching only or teaching conducted wholly on-line.
  • Using lecture capture as part of a blended approach can save you contact time by delivering parts of the material on-line and freeing up that time in lectures for discussion and questioning;
  • You effectively make your lectures mobile by allowing students to access them on mobile devices such as handhelds and tablets;
  • To provide support students who can’t come to class due to a variety of reasons
  • Add flexibility to your teaching and extend opportunities for students to review your material;
  • Lecture recording is well suited to areas where students benefit from repeated viewing of content, such as when complex information is discussed or formulas are written or language or grammar is introduced etc.
  • Pre-recording lecture, if possible, encourages engagement in the live lecture;
  • To open up the potential to redesign your lecture time to allow for more problem-solving activities and opportunities to apply learning, conscious that students can access the recorded lecture to review it in their own time;
  • To have backup material available for student reuse as required
  • Lecture recordings provide another learning resource to help your students learn;
  • They offer flexible access as 'anytime, ‘any place' availability of your lectures enables students to meet personal demands such as work;
  • Lecture capture recordings enhance and extend existing instructional activities, whether in face-to-face, fully on-line, or blended learning environments;
  • Give students access to your lectures for review at their own pace, replaying important aspects as required;
  • Lecture capture caters for different learning styles;
  • Provides a learning path that students can refer back to in order to give them the opportunity to revise material when and where they want;
  • The biggest advantage of using lecture recordings is that it contributes towards the goal of letting students progress at their individual pace;
  • Provide an additional learning resource for all students;
  • To accommodate students who cannot attend lectures;
  • Support students with disabilities by allowing them further opportunities to access lecture content;
  • Recording allows students to revise for exams, to revise complex ideas and to cater for different learning styles;
  • Allows students to review and add any points to their lecture notes that they may have missed;
  • Students gain confidence that any failure to understand material in the lecture can be reviewed later;
  • Supports external students by giving them direct access to lecture content.

Also consider...

  • Recording lectures also provides an opportunity for you as the lecturer to get feedback and/or reflect on your lecture delivery and consider making changes to enhance the lecture experience for students. Review your own recorded lecture material to help you to improve your own practice and structuring of the lecture;
  • Recording lectures may cut down on queries from students about lecture content or points made that were misunderstood;
  • Allows you to create on-demand lecture material for students that can be reused;
  • Your face-to-face interactions can be spent on introducing more complex issues, knowing that the content can be reviewed several times as needed;
  • You can pre-record a lecture if you know you are going to be unavailable to deliver the live lecture;

Acknowledgements and sources


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