Lecture Recording

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”.


Panopto, Swansea University’s Lecture Recording Service, is a cloud-based system that will provide more reliability and functionality while recording in lecture theatres, seminar rooms and other locations, such as at your personal computer. Panopto allows users to schedule and host webinars, create podcasts, and upload media which can be embedded into you course material or shared with others (providing there is no copyright infringement.)

Panopto is integrated into the Canvas Digital Learning Platform, allowing lecture recordings and course material to be accessed and managed in one place.

For more details on Panopto, including support, how-to guides, a list of lecture recording enabled teaching rooms and the University’s lecture recording policy, please see the IT Services Intranet pages.

A Panopto CPD Course is also available on Canvas.

Retention policy

Once the supplementary examination period has finished for the academic year, lecture recordings in Canvas Panopto will be deleted from the system. Any content stored in Panopto’s ‘My folder’ will be exempt from deletion. It is the responsibility of content creators to inform AV Support if they wish their recordings to remain available from one academic year to the next or move their recording into the ‘My folder’ area.

Uses of lecture recording

  • 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

Recording lectures enables students to view the delivery of material at a later time. 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. Lecture recording 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.

Suggested Reading:

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

Draper, M.J. Gibbon, S. and Thomas, J. (2018). Lecture recording: a new norm. The Law Teacher

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

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