Lecture Capture: academic considerations

Things to think about as you start using Lecture Capture:

The Manchester Met implementation will only capture the audio and projector output.

  • Students’ voices may be captured depending on their proximity to the microphones in the room, you may need a separate microphone for them or to repeat their contribution
  • If you use a light pen this will not be captured, instead you will need to use a mouse
  • You can pause the capture at any time pressing the top of the light on the desk; this will be useful if sensitive issues are raised or you are using material which can’t be captured, eg. copyright material
  • You can edit the capture before it is published for student viewing

More experienced users might want to think about:

  • Posting specific questions or readings focussed on the resource
  • Redesigning sessions to purposefully take advantage of capture technology
  • Co-designing our evaluation and future development of university guidance

For FAQs about Lecture capture please visit the ISDS Lecture Capture webpage


As part of the rollout of Lecture Capture, CELT will lead an evaluation of the provision in partnership with ISDS looking at the experiences of students and staff and feeding this into the design of the service and the creation of resources. These will support staff in developing their practice to maximise the opportunities that Lecture Capture can bring and help students to use this new opportunity to learn effectively.

Information about how and what and who

  • Co-designer meetings will be held throughout the rollout of Lecture Capture where staff will be invited to contribute to the development of the service and inform reports about its implementation.
  • Analytics will be used to understand the collective use of Lecture Capture and produce appropriate supporting resources
  • Lecturers can also review patterns of use on individual videos
  • Surveys of participants will identify overall impressions of the service from the point of view of learners and tutors

Useful resources

Insights from literature on Lecture Capture: a post on the CELT blog by Peter McKenna pulls together some of the literature on Lecture Capture.

Resources from other universities:  

Video resources from The University of York (towards the bottom of the page) gives advice to students about how they can use Lecture Capture.  

Five Things to Do with Lecture Capture: blogpost from City University.

Reflecting on lecture capture: the good, the bad and the lonely: blogpost by Chris Willmott, summarising aspects of his experience.   

Capturing more than lectures with “lecture capture” technology:  Chris Willmott’s blogpost reviews the paper by Witton listed below.

What can we learn from learning analytics? A case study based on student use of video recordings - slides from a conference presentation by Moira Sarsfield and John Conway from Imperial College.


Nordmann, E., et al. (2017). "Turn up, tune in, don’t drop out: The relationship between lecture attendance, use of lecture recordings, and achievement at different levels of study." https://psyarxiv.com/fd3yj/

Rios-Amaya, J., Secker, J. and Morrison, C. 2016. Lecture Recording in Higher Education: Risky Business or Evolving Open Practice. LSE & University of Kent.

Witthaus, G.R. and Robinson, C.L., 2015. “Lecture capture literature review: A review of the literature from 2012-2015”. Loughborough: Centre for Academic Practice, Loughborough University.

Witton, G. (2017). "The value of capture: Taking an alternative approach to using lecture capture technologies for increased impact on student learning and engagement." British Journal of Educational Technology 48(4): 1010-1019. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjet.12470