Providing recordings of lectures and other teaching materials in audio or video format can help all students consolidate their learning, and is of particular benefit to students whose first language is not English or who have difficulties taking notes. In 2008/09 UCL piloted a programme of lecture recordings - the 'Podcast Pilot' - to determine whether there was a requirement for a 'podcasting service'. The staff and students involved (nine staff and 248 students from nine departments) provded the following feedback:
- The staff felt that podcasting had added value to their teaching and would recommend it to others
- 85% of student respondents agreed or strongly agreed that podcasts aided understanding of the module
- 91% agreed or strongly agreed that podcasts would be useful for revision - one student noted that the podcasts were 'probably the best form of revision material I have come across'
- Some students noted they helped support different learning styles
- Students valued the opportunity to clarify topics and concepts which had been missed during the class, and to improve their notes
- A number of students asked for 'podcasting in every lecture'
Following the success of the pilot UCL is investing in recording equipment which will be installed into the 20 largest and most suitable lecture theatres. The service will provide the automatic recording of lectures (video/audio and projector output) and a secure system for viewing of the material both online via a web browser and also a file download to be used on portable devices.
First Stage Trial
The first 3 trial capture systems will be installed for the start of the 2009/2010 term in the following lecture theatres.
- Christopher Ingold Auditaurium
- Christoper Ingold Lecture Theatre
- Cruciform LT1
The trial is being conducted with a small group of self selected users. If you would like to be involved in the project and have your lectures recorded please contact E-Learning Environments.
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