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titleWhat kind of event can be recorded?

The Lecturecast service is intended for the recording of the following teaching events:

Modular events
These are events that are part of an undergraduate or postgraduate taught program that have been assigned to a specific portico taught module e.g. ECON1001. These can be scheduled via the Lecturecast scheduler tool and will automatically appear in the correct section within Lecturecast.

Non-Modular events
These are events that are part of an undergraduate of postgraduate taught program but are not associated with a particular module code e.g a shared/common introductory lecture taught across multiple modules. These events can be scheduled for recording, as long as they have been booked in a Lecturecast equipped space via room bookings, using the Lecturecast scheduler tool. They will not by default be associated with any particular section in Lecturecast but will be stored in the personal library of the person who made the booking. From this location they may be published into any existing Lecturecast sections (i.e. modular section) on which the person making the booking is an instructor.

NOTE: Special events are supported by Digital Media and cannot be scheduled via the Lecturecast system.
These are events that are NOT part of undergraduate or postgraduate taught programs, e.g. an inaugural lectures, conferences, outreach events, public events, CPD, etc.

If you need to record a special event, contact Digital Media at video@ucl.ac.uk who provide filming and editing services.

titleWhat is a suitable event to be recorded?

While Lecturecast can be used to record any type of sheduled Modular or Non-Modular event. Lecturecast it is best suited to the capture of didatic lecture style presentations given from the front of class.

All our Lecturecast installations with a camera present are set-up for that camera to be directed to either the podium or the area at the front of the teaching space. The audio equipment in the room is also designed only to record sound from the the podium area or that of the speaker directly from lapel microphones. It is not designed to capture any audience participation, unless the teaching space as been designed to accomodate roving hand microphones.

Lecturecast has not been installed or designed to support discussion based activities and if you require such activities recorded to contact the Digital Education team for advice via digi-ed@ucl.ac.uk

titleWhy should I record my lectures?

Lecture recordings provide lecturers with the ability to review the structure and delivery of their lectures for professional development. Lecture recordings also provide lecturers with the ability to change the balance of activities during contact times, e.g. deliver informational elements via a recording and follow up with discussion sessions.

Lecture recordings provide students with the ability to revisit complex material, unusual or subject specific terminology (especially useful for overseas students) and view lectures missed due to illness or unforeseen circumstances.


titleDo I have to Lecturecast my lectures?

At the current time UCL does not have an opt-out policy for Lecturecast. Use of the system is purely opt-in at the moment, so its use is up to the individual/department to decide.

There are plans to move towards opt-out in coming years, but any such change will be agreed by Educational Committee first, with procedures and tools to facilitate this. Ground work is needed before this, specifically to clarify legal and policy aspects, and a Working Group has been set up under the Office of Vice Provost for Education to review and implement required policies to support an opt out Lecturecast solution.

titleCan I Live Steam using Lecturecast?

At the current time the UCL Lecturecast service does not support Live Streaming as part of the service offering. Only lecture capture and associated engagment tools are available as part of the service.

For all live streaming needs please contact in the first instance the Digital Media team via stream@ucl.ac.uk

Preparing: Before a lecture recording


titleHow can I check if my Lecturecast recording has been scheduled?

There are two way to do this:

1. Check the Lecturecast activity in Moodle

Navigate to the Lecturecast activity in Moodle. Scheduled events should appear as shown below

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2. Via the Lecturecast Scheduler

Check that the event appears under the 'Scheduled' tab  in the Lecturecast Scheduler.  The status column in the Scheduler should also display a 'scheduled' status

titleHow do I make a booking for a Lecturecast recording?

Log in to the Lecturecast Scheduler to create or edit a recording schedule. Schedules may only be amended or deleted by the staff member who created the original schedule. Find instructions on how to access the Lecturecast Scheduler and how to schedule a recording in the Lecturecast Scheduler training guides.

Recordings for centrally timetabled teaching events will automatically appear in the associated Lecturecast class within a given module's section.


titleCan the presenter be removed from a recording?

This is possible if student content such as Q&A, notes etc. has not already been associated with the class content. Find out how to remove the presenter from a recording in the training guide.

titleDo I have to edit my recording before publishing?

In most cases editing Lecturecast recordings is not strictly necessary and the choice to edit or not is the personal preference of the presenter (or decided by departmental policy). It is important however, where for example, personal conversations between event attendees may have been inadvertantly recorded, that these be removed. When scheduling recordings there is an option to make recordings automatically available to students or to hold them back for review before making them available.
Instructors can make any recording available or unavailable at any time and if material does need to be removed it's recommended that recordings are made unavailable until any edits have been completed and processed.


titleHow long will recordings be kept?

Retention policy is currently under review, once agreed with Echo360 this FAQ will be updatedPlease view the Lecturecast Policy Page for more information regarding retention.

titleWhat about recordings made in the previous Lecturecast system?

Content recorded using the Lecturecast system have been migrated to Lecturecast. You can reuse recordings from previous academic years by publishing them to current Lecturecast sections..