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PER Seminar

Watching the watchers: how do students regard lecture capture?

Speaker: Dr Ross Galloway (University of Edinburgh)
Date: Wednesday 15 May 2019
Time: 14:00
Venue: Queens Buildings N/3.28

In common with the increasing trend in universities worldwide, the University of Edinburgh has recently rolled out a large scale, institutional-level lecture capture system. This system has some specific capabilities tailored towards physical science teaching, including effective high-resolution capture of blackboards. We have conducted quantitative and qualitative investigations into how physics and mathematics students access the recordings, and also how they conceptualise their engagement with the system. We find that students do not use recordings as a substitute for physically attending lectures. We also find no evidence of ‘box set binge watching’, and almost half of the students never accessed the recordings at all. We find that students hold reasonably sophisticated conceptions of the value of lecture recordings, broadly dividing into two main themes: supporting learning in live lectures; and personalisation of learning. Crucially, the students do not regard the lecture recordings in isolation, but rather see them as just one element of a much richer digital resource landscape. In this seminar I will discuss our findings and suggest some implications for practice.