Lecture capture update

The lecture capture system is now operational across the University and has been successfully recording lectures for over a week.

Many staff will be using the system for the first time over the coming weeks, so the following information gives details of the functionality currently available through the lecture capture system and the training opportunities available.  

Recordings of timetabled events

AV and recording equipment has been installed in over 250 central teaching spaces used for scheduled teaching sessions. Automated recordings of teaching events in the timetable will take place in these rooms, in accordance with the Audio and Video Recording Policy.  A template slide for the recording notification is available.  

For information about scheduled events to be recorded, see the timetable. To make changes to the recording schedule, please contact your local timetabler.  Note that events in the timetable not associated with a module will not be recorded automatically, so users can use the ad-hoc tool to record these events.

Ad-hoc recordings in central teaching spaces

A web-based tool is available on central teaching space computers via a desktop link to allow staff to make ad-hoc recordings (eg, non-module related teaching events, etc).  Information about using this tool is on the IT website.  

Desktop capture

A software tool is available for staff to create multimedia content on their desktop PC or laptop. This will be installed in a phases, starting with academic champions, people who have attended desktop capture training, etc, and will, ultimately, be automatically installed on all academic staff machines.  Note that no software is needed to edit and publish recordings of timetabled events or ad-hoc recordings.

Publication of recordings

Staff will be informed by email when recordings (either scheduled, ad-hoc or desktop capture) are available for review and publication. Content from scheduled recordings will be automatically associated with the relevant module area(s) in the VLE. Staff will be directed to the VLE from the system email, to review, edit and approve content for publication. For ad-hoc and desktop capture content, the same interface is used, but users will have to manually associate the content with the required module(s).  


More information about the lecture capture project can be found on the SDDU website.  Students have received information and advice about the new system, and have been recommended to watch a short animation.

Further updates

The remaining functionality of the system will be rolled out in due course. This includes a new multimedia repository, which will serve as a replacement for LUTube, and functionality for students to create multimedia content.  

“I’d like to thank colleagues for their support and patience during the final phase of this project,” says Professor Neil Morris, Director of digital Learning. “A large and complex implementation such as this inevitably has some teething problems but we have support teams in place to help manage any issues as they arise.”

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