VideoLeeds: ready to launch

VideoLeeds is part of the lecture capture and media management strand of the Digital Learning Programme, an ambitious programme at the University.

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The programme enables staff and students to capture audio and video content, and store, manage and publish content across multiple internal and public channels.

The first strand of the Digital Learning Programme, the University’s new lecture capture and media management system, was launched in September 2014. Over 28,500 recordings of lectures have been made in teaching rooms across campus, along with many recordings made with the desktop capture system; there have been over 550,000 viewings of content to date.

VideoLeeds launched to all staff and research postgraduates on 23 June. VideoLeeds is a publication channel for content stored in the lecture capture and media management system, enabling colleagues to actively publish their content to a wider audience beyond the VLE, both to University members and the public.

Typical content might include excerpts from scheduled lecture capture recordings or recordings made with the desktop capture tool; footage of public events or guest speakers; videos of practical demonstrations; educational and marketing material for internal and external publication; student produced presentations, interviews or end of degree shows; and research materials for internal sharing or external publication.

Professor Neil Morris, Director of Digital Learning, said “VideoLeeds is an important tool for us; it will allow staff and students to share audio and video content with colleagues, groups or with the general public. VideoLeeds will become the ‘go to place’ for all video and audio content for student education, research and innovation, and will help us to promote the excellence within the University to wider audiences, and share resources in line with our Open Education aspirations”.

Face to face and online staff development will accompany the launch. Colleagues will also be offered Faculty-based training and support to explore the benefits of use of VideoLeeds. For details see the SDDU website.

VideoLeeds will replace two of the University’s video repositories; LUTube and LUTube and iss-video will continue to be available until September 2015 when IT will remove the ability for staff and students to publish new content to them.  IT will migrate existing content to VideoLeeds over the summer and further information will be published about this on launch. LUTube and iss-video will be fully decommissioned in March 2016.

For more information on the multimedia management project, please contact the Project Manager, Michelle Hewitt.

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