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The Project

The Lecture Capture pilot project, which ran during the 2016-17 academic year, forms part of the Digital Strategy for Education; supporting the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2018. The pilot's aims were to to set up, run and evaluate the use of lecture capture within a range of teaching scenarios to support or enhance the educational experience across the collegiate University.It tested the anticipated benefits to students and staff, and enabled reasonable conclusions to be drawn regarding costs and benefits of University-wide rollout. 

The lecture capture pilot delivered case studies that can offer best practice guidance to and inform individual departments who can adopt Lecture Capture in a variety of ways in order to support their local teaching methods.

Case Study in Lecture Capture from Biochemistry

Case Study in Lecture Capture from the Institute of Continuing Education

Key benefits

Lecture Capture offers the following benefits:

  • increased student satisfaction, anticipated to arise from:
    (i) reduced pressure on note-taking in lectures
    (ii) allowing students to revisit complex topics
    (iii) more readily available revision aids
  • greater equality of access – in particular students with certain disabilities may find the availability of lecture recordings mitigates any disadvantage
  • greater availability of lecture content and supporting data that may help enhance teaching
  • demonstration of an adoption model for new technology to support teaching across the University

Latest updates

An initial call for expressions of interest in the Lecture Capture pilot was sent to all Faculties and Departments on 27 April 2016, with responses requested by 27 May. 

Selection and confirmation of pilot institutions took place throughout June, with testing, training and implementation  during July-September. The following institutions were selected for the pilot:

  • Department of Biochemistry
  • Department of Chemistry
  • Institute of Continuing Education
  • Department of Engineering
  • Department of Veterinary Medicine
  • Department of Zoology

Biochemistry, Chemistry and ICE all began lecture capture at the start of the Michaelmas Term.  Engineering and the Vet School started recording at the start of the Lent Term with Zoology joining the pilot towards the end of Lent.  In some areas, only a selection of courses was recorded.  Twelve lecture venues were used in all, and 1,045 lectures were recorded (more than 629,000 minutes had been viewed before the end of Lent Term).

Staff and student help pages for institutions taking part in the pilot are available in Moodle.  All recordings are also accessible through Moodle, so that students can watch recordings via their normal course pages.  Recordings are only available to students registered on one of the participating courses.

An initial survey of students in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the end of the Michaelmas term identified overwhelming support for the technology and an interim report was made to the Digital Teaching and Learning Sub-committee (DTLS) in February 2017.  Further cohorts were surveyed in Lent, along with staff from all areas. An updated mid-point report was sent to the DTLS in May 2017, with a full analysis and final report at the close of the pilot in July 2017. Student and staff feedback on the pilot has been highly positive. Watch this space for further updates and future plans for lecture capture.


Departments participating in the pilot were given the option to record audio and slides/visualisers only, or to include video capture as well.  The choice of method varied by subject and teaching style.  If multiple feeds are captured, students are presented with multiple screens and quick-access slides along the bottom; they can skip through the lecture by time or by slide, and can make any screen full-size to see content more clearly.

Below are some examples of possible display options.

Example of voice and powerpoint only:

Example screenshot from Panopto; voice and powerpoint only

Example of powerpoint plus video; video image provided courtesy of a Creative Commons licence:

Example screenshot from Panopto; powerpoint and video

Example of video plus powerpoint and visualiser:

Example screenshot from Panopto; powerpoint and visualiser


If you have any further queries on the project then please contact:  
Margaret Griggs
Project Manager
Tel: +44 (0)1223 765563