The University is targeting an improved student digital experience by investing several million pounds in a state-of-the-art lecture recording system.
The ability to watch lectures again as revision aid is immensely popular with our students and capturing video and audio recordings of lectures at scale will supplement the rich set of online resources that already exist to support learning.
There are many proven benefits to making recordings of lectures available including supporting students for whom English is not a first language and ensuring that our face to face lectures are available in an alternative format for students who require it. Not having to take notes at speed allows students to focus more on what is being said and use valuable contact time to ask questions, knowing that notes can be reviewed and improved later. There is no fall-back if lectures are missed through illness or accident and providing recordings of lectures can also be a key element in supporting student wellbeing.
The procurement project is underway and the system will begin operation for the start of the 2017/18 academic year, rolling out into 400 locations over the next 3 years. News of the new lecture capture system has been welcomed by EUSA and 2 student representatives will join the formal procurement team to help evaluate potential suppliers.
Information about existing lecture recording pilots within the University is available at: http://www.teaching-matters-blog.ed.ac.uk/?p=526
Further information about the project is available at: https://www.projects.ed.ac.uk/project/mle002
We need your input! We want to make sure that your thoughts and ideas on lecture recording are gathered so they can be used during our investigations with suppliers. Having your thoughts included within the process will make sure that we make the most of this opportunity to enhance the experience for students and academics at the University of Edinburgh.
There are sessions being held around the campus - https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=showEventDetails&scheduleId=22280&start=51
But don’t worry if you can make it, as all of our materials are also available online for you to access and comment on right now - https://www.wiki.ed.ac.uk/display/LRec/Lecture+Recording+User+Consultation