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Lecture Capture


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Although this guide focuses predominantly on lecture capture, the digital tools and systems we have in place for lecture capture can also be used for additional activities, including the recording of student presentations and providing audio/video feedback on students’ work.

“Lecture Capture” has been available at Leeds Beckett University since 2011. Over the past few years there has been an increased use of the system as awareness of it has grown, but we know that many more of our students could benefit from lecture capture use.

According to Walker et al (2014) the sector continues to expand its use of lecture capture and this guide will help you identify how you might wish to use lecture capture within your course delivery.



There is now some significant emerging data around the use of lecture capture (particularly from the US, Australia, and more recently the UK). From this research we can ascertain that video capture systems are being used in the following ways:
1. To record lectures as a tool to allow students to revisit lectures.
2. As a tool for capturing reflective portfolio narratives or presentations.
3. To record guest lectures or one off sessions.
4. As a conference recording tool.
5. As a screen capture system.
At Leeds Beckett our system can be used for all of those tasks identified above, so, although we may refer to it as a lecture capture system, it can, in fact, do so much more than that. With specific regard to the recording of a lecture, an area of concern is often around its potential impact on attendance. Toppin (2011) cited a number of works where the use of lecture capture has not been shown to have any significant impact on attendance, rather that students use it alongside the physical lecture attendance to clarify their notes and as an aide-memoir. Toppin also notes that, “The average professor speaks at 120 words per minute, but students write around 20 words per minute. This discrepancy obviously places students at a major disadvantage”.
Davis et al (2009) had identified that, “In much of the academic writing reviewed, student responses to projects where lectures have been captured and made available digitally is generally positive, and the perception is that teaching and learning have been improved,” and this aligns with our current anecdotal evidence gathered through the Students’ Union work.
“5 out of my 6 modules have recorded lectures. I am only in first year, but I managed to get high 2:1s, I put this down to being able to refer back to my lectures.” - Leeds Beckett Accounting Student
In addition to this, lecture recordings can be particularly useful for students who require reasonable adjustments for a disability.
“I was fortunate enough to have my lectures recorded. I suffered from ill health and dyspraxia, so I find it extremely difficult to write and listen simultaneously, which made lectures my worst nightmare.” - Leeds Beckett Politics Student
Whilst all students generally benefit from lecture capture, we know that having access to recordings of taught sessions is particularly useful for disabled students, students whose first language is not English, and for those who are returning to study after a period of time.

Digital Tools and Services

Our University’s lecture capture system is known as Replay. It uses recording software called Panopto, which is installed on the PCs in all teaching spaces. You can also install it on your office PC or Mac via our Software Centre, or download it from the Replay site to install on your own personal computer. You can access the Replay site using this address https://replay.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/ and logging in using the “MyBeckett” option.

Panopto recordings are not made automatically based on timetable information and require an intervention by you to make them happen. Firstly, they can be pre-scheduled by request in all teaching rooms, using the form on the webpage above or by contacting the IT Service Desk on 22222. Secondly, you can also manually record a session in any classroom using the Panopto recorder application which is available on the desktop. The default set up is the recording of the desktop screen, slides and voice. The system can also record video with the addition of a webcam, but this is not a requirement.

Students can access their recordings through their MyBeckett modules via leedsbeckettreplay.cloud.panopto.eu. 


As the creator of the recordings, you are in control of the privacy. When you make a recording you can choose who to share the recording with.

You can to share it with no one (private to you), with an individual staff member or student, via email address with small groups of students, or cohorts of students (using the MyBeckett integration).

You can also pause the recording during the teaching session and edit the recording after the session if you wish to.



Other tools

Another tool available to support you in delivering your video content is Leeds Beckett TV:  http://tv.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/ which you can use to host and embed video content.

In addition to this, there are some other online tools that can stream a teaching session live and record it, such as Google Hangouts on-air and Adobe Connect.

Adobe Connect is also an online synchronous lecture tool that allows staff to conduct a webinar or online session which can also be recorded and shared at a later date.

This can allow students to engage in the session from a variety of locations as long as they have internet access. There is also an opportunity for them to post questions or even speak during the session if they have a microphone, and you have this feature enabled.

If you would like to know more about how to potentially use these tools in your learning and teaching please contact the Centre for Learning & Teaching clt@leedsbeckett.ac.uk. More information about the systems be found on the Teaching & Learning resource site. https://teachlearn.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/guides/learning-systems-guides/  


Examples and Case Studies

In this video Suzanne Young talks about her use of Adobe Connect to allow her students to engage with her lectures live but from different locations.


This case study looks at how you can use screen capture movies to help international students transition to UK higher education.



This is a case study investigating the effectiveness of audio capture and integration with other resources to support student revision and review of classroom activities.


This short summary from the Department of Biomedical Science at Sheffield University shows thoughts and data from student usage.  https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/bms/teaching/stories/recording#tab00


This resource from the University of Bath highlights five reasons to capture your practice.



This report from Aston University summarises their evaluation of lecture capture both in terms of qualitative and quantitative data.



In this news article, Aberystwyth University talks about how they use Panopto to assist with lecture capture.



Resources and Support

This guide clarifies the legal aspects of recording lectures at UK further and higher education institutions.



If you would like more information on how lecture capture can support students who require reasonable adjustment please contact Disability Advice: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staffsite/services/services-for-students/supporting-our-students/disability-advice/


Knowledge Article: https://leedsbeckett.saasiteu.com/Modules/SelfService/?NoDefaultProvider=True#knowledgeBase/view/29A1997231FA4D6DA8886A07030E3FE1


Further information about Panopto can be found on their website. https://www.panopto.com/

References and Information

Andrews, C.J.; Brown, R.C.; Harrison, C.K.W.; Read, D.; Roach, P.L. (2013). Lecture capture: Early lessons learned and experiences shared. New Directions: 6, 56-60

Brady, M.; Wong, R.; Newton, G. Characterization of Catch-Up Behavior: Accession of Lecture Capture Videos Following Student Absenteeism. Educ. Sci. 2013, 3, 344-358

Davis, S.; Connolly, A.; Linfield, E.
Engineering Education, Volume 4, Issue 2 (2009), pp. 4-13 Lecture capture: making the most of face-to-face learning


Toppin, I.N. Video lecture capture (VLC) system: A comparison of student versus faculty perceptions. Educ. Inf. Technol. 2011, 16, 383–393

Walker, R.; Voce J.; Nicholls, J.; Swift, E.; Ahmed, J.; Horrigan, S.; Vincent P. (2014). 2014 Survey of Technology Enhanced Learning for higher education in the UK. Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association, Oxford, UK. Available at: http://www.ucisa.ac.uk/tel

Unless otherwise stated this Digital Pedagogy Guide by Leeds Beckett University is licenced under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International Licence.



Page last updated: 22/07/2019

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