Lecture Recording / eStream


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Please note staff are unable to use the Lecture Recording facility until they have either attended a training session or undertaken the basic online lecture recording course.

Forthcoming training sessions can be booked in advance by registering on our Events Page. To access the online CPD – Lecture Recording course click here: Online course access.

Lecture recording is an umbrella term described by EDUCAUSE as “any technology that allows instructors to record what happens in their classrooms and make it available digitally”.

The University has a licence for Planet eStream software and it has been installed in a number of teaching spaces on the Singleton campus (see below for a list) and all centrally timetabled teaching spaces on the Bay campus have the software installed. Its installation allows staff to self-capture their lecture; typically self-capture allows staff to record the audio and primary display (data projector) within the teaching space. The recordings are stored on a server which can then be uploaded to the VLE for student playback. It is also possible to have the software installed on staff machines (dependent on meeting the minimum hardware specification) and this opens up the possibility of using the software to pre-record material and then share with students via the VLE, developed flipped learning scenarios and more.

Recording lectures enables students to view the delivery of material at a later time. Uses of lecture capture include:

  • Allowing students to review material prior to assignment writing or examinations
  • Revisit difficult concepts or topics that student may have misunderstood and to reinforce understanding
  • Catch up on missed content
  • Used as part of face to face, blended, flipped classroom and online course delivery

If students are aware that a lecture is to be recorded and made available for play back it allows them to engage with the instructor and the content that is being taught rather than passively copy information that is being displayed onscreen. Lecture capture can also be of benefit to international students who find it difficult to follow the pace of the lecture due to the delivery of the lecture not being in their native language. A study conducted by Shaw & Molnar 2011 reports that performance improved for all students but there was a larger improvement by non-native language speakers. It can also benefit students that have learning or physical disabilities; enabling them to review the content after the lecture, this is of particular relevance with the proposed changes by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to the Disabled Students’ Allowance where it is suggested lecture capture could remove the need for individual note-takers.

There is significant worry by staff that it may have a negative impact on attendance, for which there is no concrete evidence to prove this. Studies by Nahash & Gunn 2013, and Holbrook & Dupont; Pursel & Fang, 2012; reported in Karnard, 2013 have found that access to recordings have little to no effect on student attendance at live lectures. Studies such as Ford et al 2012, suggest approaches to combat attendance issues for example emphasising to students live learning is important and only recording difficult topics or releasing select recordings.

If you wish to find out more about lecture capture and the possibilities of using eStream please get in touch with SALT and take a look at our events page for details of upcoming training sessions.

Please note staff are unable to use the Lecture Recording facility until they have attended a training session. Forthcoming training sessions can be booked in advance by registering on our Events Page.

Below are guides that will help users get to grips with the basics of using the software.

Singleton Campus teaching rooms that have self-capture facility:


  • Faraday A  & J
  • Wallace 113 & Joint Lecture Theatre
  • Groves 330 & 248, Purnell*, Grove Lecture Theatre* and Grove Taught Masters Suite**
  • Talbot 38, 39, 45 & 47
  • Keir Hardy: 021, 248, 303, 431
  • Union House: SR1 East, SR2 Central, SR3 West, IT Central, IT East & IT West
  • Fulton House: Seminar Rooms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6. Dining Rooms A, B & C
  • Moot Suite RM 122
  • Richard Price Lecture Theatre

*only content on the main screen is captured, not the visualiser

**only the lecture theatre PC screen can be recorded


Policy and Student Guidance

The University Learning & Teaching Committee approved policy and student guidance information can be found using the links below:

Lecture Recording Policy

Lecture Recording Student Guidance

References and useful links:

Al Nashash, H. and Gunn, C. (2013). Lecture Capture in Engineering Classes: Bridging Gaps and Enhancing Learning. Educational Technology & Society, 16 (1), 69 – 78.

EDUCAUSE. 2008. 7 things you should know about… Lecture Capture. [ONLINE] Available at: https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7044.pdf. [Accessed 18 September 15].

Ford, MB., Burns, CE., Mitch, N. and Gomez, MM. (2012) The effectiveness of classroom capture technology. Active Learning in Higher Education, 13 (3), 191 – 201.

Freed, PE., Bertram, JE. and McLaughlin, DE. (2013). Using lecture capture: A qualitative study of nursing faculty’s experience. Nurse Education Today, 34 (4), 598 – 602.

Gov.UK. 2014. Disabled Students’ Allowances: Equality Analysis. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/392610/bis-14-1108-higher-education-disabled-students-allowances-equality-analysis-revised-16-12-2014.pdf. [Accessed 18 September 15].

Karnad, A. 2013. Student use of recorded lectures. [ONLINE] Available at: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/50929/1/Karnad_Student_use_recorded_2013_author.pdf. [Accessed 18 September 15].

Rios-Amaya, J., Morrison, C. and Secker J. (2017) Lecture recording in higher education: risky business or evolving open practice. CREATe Working Paper, LSE Research Online. [Accessed 25 September 17] –  deals with the topic of 3rd party copyright in a recorded lecture.

Shaw GP. and Molnar D. (2011). Non-native English Language Speakers Benefit most from the Use of Lecture Capture in Medical School. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, 39 (6), 416 – 420.

University of York – Ways of making use of lecture recordings for Students: YouTube videos


  1. I’d argue that taking notes is not passive. Sitting arms crossed watching the show is what is passive. Some may be concerned that capturing lectures for consumption later might encourage even more passive consumption and I know that others worry that non-attendance because the session will be recorded will rise.

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  3. Would be happy to sign up for this, but I note that NONE of the LT’s I routinely teach in on the Singleton Campus have the facility. So attending a training course would not be a good use of my time.

    PS hand-written note taking is far from being passive. It is likely the best way for a student to engage their brain with the subject matter – see http://hd.welt.de/article162654118/ (in German).

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