We know that all University students
learn differently and want anytime, anywhere access to a
wide range of learning resources to help them learn. That’s why the
University of Leeds has invested in a new cutting edge system
that will allow your lecturers to use audio, video and screen recordings of
your lectures. These recordings will be provided to supplement your
attendanceat lectures, allowing you to check your understanding
and review difficult aspects at a pace that suits you. As a
result of this new initiative, there a few important things
that you need to be aware of. the most important change for students
is that you are no longer permitted to record any teaching sessions without prior written permission.
This change has been brought in to protect the rights of staff and students who do not wish
to be recorded for legal reasons. The only exception to this rule is for
students who have written permission to record because of a disability. While
many academic staff will be recording and publishing their lectures, this is not a requirement. They will tell
you if they are not recording lectures. Staff may not release the recordings
to you via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
as quickly as you might want – this may be for educational reasons. You will notice changes to the teaching
spaces. 250 rooms will have microphones and recording equipment installed. In some
rooms there will also be a video camera. There will be a lighting system on lecterns
to tell you when sessions are being recorded. You should interact with
your lecturers and peers as usual You may opt out by sitting
out side of video shot, or by not speaking during a recording.
There will be clear notices in the rooms telling you about the recording system.
Sometimes we may record you giving a presentation or a performance
– we may do this for examination purposes or to provide you with support and
feedback. If we need to record you for an examination, you will not be able to opt out. For more
information about this new initiative and you rights please see the links below. We hope you will find the availability
of recorded lectures useful for your study. For more information about how
this will work on your programme, please contact your school. We always
appreciate feedback from our students, and you will have a chance to tell us
what you think through your school reps, once teaching starts.