Staff Guide: Advice on Recording Lectures

Recording lectures can be really useful for students to review materials at a later time, please take the following into consideration before recording your session:

  1. Recording should be reserved for sessions that emphasise information giving. The key value of these recordings is that they will support students who need to review the lecture at a later time.  This could be for revision purposes or because they were unable to ‘attend’ the scheduled lecture because of illness, work, domestic circumstances or connection issues.
  2. If a session integrates information giving and discussion, you could consider pausing recording at the relevant points or editing it.  This may make the recording more useful for students.
  3. If you have any doubt about whether to record or not, ask yourself if you would make the effort to record the session were it face-to-face.
  4. Only tutors on a course, or those nominated as alternative hosts, can create recordings. Students are unable to record.
  5. Be mindful of data privacy issues associated with recording. In particular:
    1. Students must be advised before recording starts that the session will be recorded. Those who don’t want to be recorded should be asked to turn off cameras and avoid public chat (they can use private chat to ask the tutor questions etc.)  You should also tell students who will have access to the recording.
    2. Any session or meeting where students or other participants are likely to disclose personal information should not be recorded. 
    3. In general, one-to-one sessions (e.g. personal tutorials) should not be recorded.  The exception would be where a these are explicitly linked to a module’s teaching, learning and assessment strategy (e.g. performance or skills assessment).
    4. Care needs to be taken that recordings are only shared with the relevant cohorts, subgroups or individuals.