Recordings of teaching sessions
Many teaching sessions are recorded and the recordings are made available for later viewing in the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
We know that students differ in the way they learn and they want anytime, anywhere access to a wide range of learning resources to help them learn.
We have a new system which allows lecturers to produce audio, video and screen recordings of teaching sessions. This means that as well as attending the session, you can then review it afterwards to make sure that you have understood everything, at a pace that suits you. Your lecturers will decide which sessions should be recorded and let you know through the timetable, module handbooks and at the start of the session.
You can access recordings through the relevant module area in the VLE, once the lecturer has approved them. They can be accessed on a mobile device and through the Blackboard Mobile Learn app. The recordings will be available for the current and following academic year.
Students and recordings
You won't be recorded by video cameras as part of a teaching session unless you are within video shot at the front of the room, for example if you are presenting. If you ask a question, your voice may be recorded by microphones. If you want to opt out, just sit outside the video shot or ask questions when the system is off. You may also ask your lecturer to edit your input out of the recording by approaching them immediately after the session.
You are not allowed to record any teaching sessions, whether or not they are recorded by your lecturer, without prior written permission. Permission is only granted in exceptional circumstances, for example if you have been given permission as a result of a disability.
Permission to record
If you're a disabled student who needs to be able to record teaching sessions, please contact Disabled Students Assessment and Support. You can do this in one of the following ways:
- daily drop-ins between 12.30pm and 1.30pm during term time
- arrange an appointment with a disability coordinator.
Once the Disability team has evidence of your disability and your need to record, you'll be sent an email outlining the terms under which you are permitted to record. You must reply to that email to be allowed to use your recording device, and your name will be passed on to your school. Where you are given permission, this will extend to personal use only.
If you're a returning student who has already provided evidence of disability in previous years, you'll be sent an email. You don't need to provide us with your evidence again.
Support for use of recordings in learning
You can also view a short video guide to lecture capture.
Full details about audio and video recording at the University of Leeds can be found in the University's policy on audio or video recording for educational purposes.