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Lecture capture: a marmite pedagogy?

04 Feb 2020 | Professor Sally Bradley Professor Sally Bradley explores the benefits and challenges the perceptions of lecture capture, ahead of her Innovation in Teaching Practice workshop on 11 March.

If, like me, you were sceptical when lecture capture was first mooted, you will have been concerned at its rollout across UK higher education institutions (HEIs). All new technologies and novel teaching practices require patience and open-mindedness, from staff and students alike.

However, with the increasingly international nature of higher education and the demand for information to be available online, lecture capture provides a vital resource for institutions to help meet the expectations of students in an ever more digital world, and in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

Ensuring equity of outcome for students across all backgrounds and nationalities is a key concern for HEIs and the use of this technology can help bridge that gap, particularly for students studying in their second language.


My workshop on lecture capture as part of Advance HE's Innovation in Teaching Practice series will endeavour to break some of the myths that have already arisen in the sector. How many times have I heard, “It will negatively impact on student learning?".

With study resources being readily available online, there are fears among the sector that students will think, "what is the point of showing up?".

However, these assumptions that students will show an increased lack of engagement with their studies are unfounded and untrue. They also dismiss the numerous benefits that lecture capture can provide, if utilised correctly.

Nobody can be expected to remember everything, especially when encountering ideas for the first time. The ability to review, reflect and re-evaluate is priceless for students in gaining a fuller understanding of their subject while international students can study information at their own pace rather than struggling to keep up in information-heavy classes.

It also enables remote studying to be easier and more effective which is key in helping students engage with their studies while not physically on campus during study breaks or holidays.

Together, with Dr Louise Robson from the University of Sheffield, we will explore the true value of lecture capture to student learning. We will provide examples of good practice for use with students and also to help your colleagues engage with this innovative way of teaching and learning.

Dr Robson presented at last year’s Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference, her session was oversubscribed with standing room only. Don’t miss out on this workshop!

So why not join us on 11 March 2020 at our Innovation in Teaching Practice Workshop on Lecture Capture.


Professor Sally Bradley is Senior Advisor for Knowledge, Innovation & Delivery at Advance HE.

Dr Louise Robson is Director of Learning and Teaching in Department of Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield. Her abstract from the 2019 Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference can be found at GEN3.2b: Effective use of lecture capture and inclusive education.

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