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Higher Education Institution Examples and Policies


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JISC: Information about legal considerations around recording lectures Recording lectures provides institutions with useful learning resources which can be viewed off campus and on demand. This has obvious advantages for distance learning, accessibility, revision and re-use of materials.

University of York ongoing research into
the role of lecture capture

Students use lecture capture as a complementary resource and to support note taking. The research findings suggests lecture capture empowers independent learning.

Manchester University: Policy on the Recording of Lectures and other Teaching and Learning Activities

Useful resource for students to support review and revision, help accommodate different learning styles, assist students who do not have English as their first language; and assist students who have particular educational needs.

Teaching staff will be informed that recordings will be made if their teaching and learning activities take place in a location containing automated lecture capture technology. Staff not wishing to have their sessions recorded should respond to this stating 'Opt out'.

University of Leeds Policy on Audio or Video Recording for Educational Purposes

Enhance the quality of the student experience and the University sees it increasingly as part of mainstream academic work

No recordings of sensitive personal data will be permitted without the explicit (opt-in) consent of the staff or students being recorded.

Unless there is an overriding counter legal obligation e.g. a student with a disability needs to make a recording as part of the “reasonable adjustment” process, the right of staff to opt-out will be respected.       

University of Sheffield Lecture Recording Policy

The University recognizes the value of lecture recordings in support of students’ learning. Under the Equality Act (2010) the University has a legal obligation to provide reasonable adjustments to enable students with certain disabilities to fully access material provided in lectures. Having access to recordings is considered to be such a reasonable adjustment.

However, there is a growing body of evidence to suggest that all students, not only disabled students, value having access to recordings of lectures and the University is supportive of this.

Loughborough University Lecture Capture Policy

Benefit of both campus-based students and distance learners.

It is acknowledged that some lectures are not appropriate for recording, for example, due to the nature of the content or because commercially sensitive information is divulged.

Other types of teaching session (for instance, with periods of group discussion) may be suitable for capture if the recordings are edited.

Except in the case of distance learners, access to captured lectures is not a substitute for attendance.