Lecture capture - online learning

Using lecture capture effectively for online learning

School: School of Social & Political Sciences (SSPS)

Team Members:  Kate Symons, Hazel Gray, Jean-Benoit Falisse


The proposed research is to investigate the advantages and disadvantages of using recorded lecture material in online learning. We are interested in exploring best practices and pedagogic insights into using lecture recordings to benefit online students, and investigating how to best use the installed lecture capture technology, along with other non-visual technologies. Our overall research aim is to better understand what kind of recorded lecture material is most effective for online learning. We are interested in improving our growing cohort of online students’ learning experience, as well as contributing to the considerable debate on lecture capture in the School of Social and Political Sciences and beyond. We propose employing a research assistant to conduct research using qualitative methods (interviews and focus groups with students from our online Masters in International Development cohort) from September 2018 – July 2019, overseen by members of teaching staff from SSPS. We propose to produce outputs including a workshop to communicate best practice, a written best practice guide, and an academic publication reporting our findings.

Final project report

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Other Project Outcomes

Woods, A  (April 2019)  blog post “Should Lecture Capture be repurposed for Online Students ?”

Paper submitted for publication (January 2020)

Wood A and Symons K (25 September 2019) Online students’ views on lecture captures Teaching Matters (University of Edinburgh)