Lecture recordings

We want to give you flexible learning options. We're recording some of our lectures, so that you can review them in your own time.

What is captured in lecture recordings

Lecture recordings are able to capture:

  • The lecturer’s voice (if they are using a microphone).
  • Whatever is being displayed via the nominated projector in the lecture theatre (eg, PowerPoint presentation, document camera item).
  • DVD or CD presentations (video and audio).

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What you can use lecture recordings for

  • A learning tool to reinforce and review the lecture content.
  • To help you review lecture content if you are not able to attend. However, lecture recordings are not a substitute for regular attendance at lectures.

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How to access and download lecture recordings

Most lectures given in recording-enabled rooms are recorded and released to students. Some courses may have an exemption from the lecture recording requirement and this will be clearly notified in course information.

Lecture recordings are available in the 'Panopto Video' tab in Canvas.

If you have any problems with accessing the recordings, please contact your lecturer(s).

Technical issues, beyond the control of your teachers, can sometimes affect recordings. While every effort is made to provide this resource, recordings may occasionally be affected.

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Reasons for attending lectures

Even though your lecturers may have made lecture recordings available, they will usually expect you to be physically present at lectures.

Educational reasons for attending lectures

  • The lecture contains live demonstrations, or uses copyright materials which cannot be made available via recorded lectures.
  • The lecture incorporates problem-solving in small groups, discussions or other interactions that are difficult to capture in a recording.
  • The content of the lecture is needed for a tutorial, lab or similar that follows shortly after the lecture.
  • The lecture is used to get to know you, gauge your progress, identify problems you are encountering and give you immediate feedback.

Other reasons for attending lectures

  • The social advantages. You get to meet up with others in your course, exchange ideas and make new friendships.
  • The convenience. Attending lectures in a regular timeslot can help you to establish a routine for study. Some students find they don’t get around to reviewing recorded lectures when they don’t have an established routine.

Why not do both?
Remember, it is not an 'either/or' decision.

Some students choose to attend lectures, then review the recorded lectures to supplement their learning by:

  • Revising for exams.
  • Revisiting complex ideas and concepts.
  • Working at their own pace and place of convenience.
  • Picking up on things that they missed in class.
  • Going back and taking comprehensive notes after the lecture so they can concentrate on what is happening in the lecture.
  • Checking what was said before approaching their lecturer for clarification of issues, ideas or misunderstandings.

Can't attend lectures?
If you can't attend lectures, it’s a good idea to:

  • Establish a weekly routine for reviewing the lectures.
  • Review the entire recording at least once, stopping or recapping as required.

Beware: It’s easy to fall behind and hard to catch up. It is not a good idea to review several weeks of lectures at a time. The lecture is usually only one aspect of the entire course. Other learning activities often depend on an understanding of the lecture content. Try not to fall behind with the lectures — by doing so you will be placing the rest of your learning at risk.

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The content and delivery of lectures in each course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in these lectures and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under licence.

You may record the lectures for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of these lectures to any other person. Failure to comply with the terms of this warning may expose you to legal action for copyright infringement by the copyright owner and/or disciplinary action by the University.

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This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non- Commercial-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand License. This work incorporates extracts taken from Gosper, M., Green, D., McNeill, M., Phillips, R., Preston, G., & Woo, K. (2008). The impact of web-based lecture technologies on current and future practices in teaching and learning: Guide for students. Support for the original work was provided by the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Ltd, an initiative of the Australian Government Department of Education, Science and Training.

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