Initial responses to consultation

Ten colleagues have responded so far and we have provided information below to address the comments and questions that have immediate answers. Some other areas, with legal or regulatory implications, are being considered by the relevant colleagues and groups / committees. We will provide further updates as the consultation progresses. Initial responses will also be discussed at the next meeting of ULTC on the 24th April. Please also refer to the document that was prepared to support this consultation Captured Content Overview

1. Does this policy mean that lecture capture is going to be compulsory?
No. Lecture capture is an important element of our commitment to inclusive teaching but we recognise that not all teaching is suitable for recording. Therefore the policy encourages you to work in partnership with your students to explore a range of ways of capturing content and to choose those forms which most suit your discipline.

2. What does captured content mean?
The term ‘captured content’ better describes the range of options available beyond the recording of live teaching (also known as lecture capture). Experience of the use of lecture capture at Surrey and in other institutions, as well as evidence from research, indicates that:

  • Students find recordings of live teaching helpful but value other forms of captured content even more highly.
  • Departments / programme teams are best placed to determine the appropriate blend of captured content to support learning in their discipline.

3. The right of the students to remove their contributions to the video will create a significant amount of work for the lecturer.
We recognise that editing recordings of live teaching would put pressure on academic staff time. Therefore we will work with staff and students to develop an approach that enables students to easily indicate if they do not wish their contribution to be recorded, and provide easy-to-use guidance. Staff can then simply mute the microphone as required or pause the recording. This means that editing will only be necessary in rare cases.

4. My style of teaching is not suitable for recording, for example the recording of sessions will inhibit student contributions.
The policy is designed to account for the fact that some sessions and approaches to teaching are better supported by additional captured content rather than live teaching recordings.

  • Teaching which relies heavily on whole class, group discussion and/or sensitive topics can be recorded selectively (eg. by muting the microphone during parts of the lecture). Alternatively, interactive lessons or sessions which cover sensitive topics could be supported by other audio visual material.
  • Staff whose teaching involves worked examples on whiteboards could consider using a visualiser. If that does not fit with your teaching approach, you could consider creating short videos eg. using Panopto or ‘Explain Everything’ to capture the most important aspects of the worked examples.