Lecture Recording for Inclusive Education
Dr Yuchen Wang
In July, we produced a mid-term report on the progress of the project. Some initial findings, based on the completed interviews with students and staff, are:
1) Students who inevitably miss lectures due to various reasons, such as childcare responsibilities, health issues or clashes of timetables, identify lecture recording as the most convenient and effective way to keep on track with their studies.
2) Students consider it useful to have lectures recorded, much less so for tutorials and discussions.
3) There is a sense of acceptance around limiting the recording of sensitive and potentially offensive topics, however, there is also a view that when living in an era of the 'everyday possibility' of publicity, it is considered to be higher education institutions' responsibility to show students how to navigate challenging discussions.
4) While students tend to focus on issues around pedagogy and accessibility, staff are more concerned about the potential risks and the impact of lecture recording on their working conditions.
The report was shared with the lecture recording core management and communication group. Information about the project has also been publicised at the university's Learning & Teaching conference (June 2018), and in the latest issue of IS BITS magazine (Summer 2018) - page 8. In addition, an abstract has been accepted by the Scottish Educational Research Association annual conference (November 2018), at which we will present findings of the project and discuss the usage of lecture recording to develop inclusive teaching and learning. At the moment, we are recruiting more participants across the university for interviews.
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