- Tell Students about the Program: During your first class, announce that the lectures are being captured and that they are accessible online. Many students do not realize that their lectures are being recorded and do not take advantage of this resource.
- Note what is (and what is not) recorded: The instructor and the content presented by the instructor are the focus of the lecture captures. Students, as a rule, are NOT captured. The exception to this is that if a student asks a question, their voice is likely to be captured (though muffled). Stress that students can come talk to you if this is a concern.
- Encourage students to attend class: Re-iterate that Lecture Captures do not mean that attendance is not required but that these videos are intended to act as a supplemental study and review tool.
- Warn of technical failure/extenuating circumstances: Remind students that Lecture Captures are not guaranteed – while we do our absolute best, there are times when equipment fails or staff are unexpectedly unavailable. For this reason, captures should not be relied on as a primary method of learning.
- Repeat student questions: The recording equipment we use is good but it's not that good. It's always helpful to repeat student questions so that they are included clearly in the video recording.
- Stand clear of the board/presentation: If possible, it's always helpful to give the camera a clear shot of the content (even for a few seconds). This allows students to see the whole as well as to do a screenshot for notetaking or other use.
For draft text on what you might include in your Syllabus regarding lecture capture, please review "Will Students be recorded?"