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Resources for the effects of 'Lecture capture' on student attendance


In this wiki page, we are listing resources on 'lecture capture' specifically in regard to its impact on student attendance. The main body of this wiki page has been spilt into three sections:

  • Anecdotal evidence
  • Case studies
  • Research Papers

The sourced information has been directly collated from online sources via general research and colleagues recommendations (if you identify any other resources please let us know and we will add them). The links and references provided attempt to give a balanced view of both the positive and negative research papers published.

It should be noted however that a drop in attendance should not be immediately be seen as a negative feature as is demonstrated by some papers listed below. These attendance drops have led to changes in teaching practice that have improved student experience and engagement and the general concensus from the research presented here is that even if student atendance is impacted the recording of material hasa positive impact on the student learning experience.

Anecdotal evidence

The following link gives anecdotal evidence that lecture capture does not affect attendance

Professor Joy hinson explains that students used recordings to revise and fill in any missed concepts, not to skip class.

Dr Clive Young from UCL wrote the following in a review of lecture capture at UCL: "Interestingly the most frequently expressed concern seems to fall in the 'pragmatic' category; the effect of lecture capture on student attendance to the live events.

However at my own institution the experience of lecturers at UCL involved in the pilot phase of the [lecture capture] project is that the capture of lectures has little or no effect on student attendance" (UCL 2011).

The following link gives anecdotal evidence that lecture capture does affect attendance

Student attendance & lecture notes on VLEs: part of the problem, part of the solution?


Case studies

The following link shows Lecture capture has that no effect on student attendance

Lecture capture in Social Sciences: An interview with Dr Sophie Harman


Dr Sophie Harman is Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of International Politics at City University London stated that there was no effect on students' attendance in her lectures.

The following links below show that there is a difference of opinion between researchers as to whether lecture capture has an effect on student attendance

Bongey, S. et al. 2006. Explorations in course-casting: Podcasts in higher education. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 23 (5).
Engstrand, S. And S. Hall. 2011. The use of streamed lecture recordings: Patterns of use, student experience and effect on learning outcomes. Practitioner Research in Higher Education, 5 (1).
Glogoff, K. 2009. Podcast your lectures: Or, why students will still attend class.
Newland, B. et al. 2010. Enhancing the student learning experience with captured lectures. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2010.

The following links show that lecture capture did have an effect on student attendance

Traphagan, T., V. Kucsera, J. and Kishi, K. Impact of class lecture webcasting on attendance and learning


Karakostas, A. et al. 2010. E-lectures to support blended instruction in multimedia programming course. In Proceedings of ITiCSE'2010.

Research Papers

The availability of recordings did not have an effect on student attendance

von Konsky, Brian R., Ivins, Jim and Gribble, Susan J. Lecture attendance and web based lecture technologies: A comparison of student perceptions and usage patterns

Brotherton, J. A. & Abowd, G. D. (2004). Lessons learned from eClass: Assessing automated capture and access in the classroom. ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction
(TOCHI), 11(2), 121-155.

McGarr, O. (2009). A review of podcasting in higher education: Its influence on the traditional lecture. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 25(3), 309-321.

Nast, A., Schäfer-Hesterberg, G., Zielke, H., Sterry, W., & Rzany, B. (2009) Online lectures for students in dermatology: A replacement for traditional teaching or a valuable addition? JEADV 23: 1039-1043.

The availability of recordings did have an effect on student attendance

<span style="color: #1c2837">Phillips, R.</span> What impact has educational technology had on higher education teaching and learning practice?

Collins, 2010; Lauer, 2010. The Pedagogy of Lecture Capture

Owston, R. et al. 2011. Lecture capture in large undergraduate classes: Student perceptions and academic performance. Internet and Higher Education. May 2011.

Chang, S. (2007). Academic perceptions of the use of Lectopia: A University of Melbourne example. In ICT: Providing choices for learners and learning. Proceedings ascilite Singapore 2007.

Phillips, R. A., Gosper, M., McNeill, M., Woo, K., Preston, G., & Green, D. (2007).

Staff and Student perspectives on Web-based Lecture Technologies: insights into the great divide. In ICT: Providing choices for learners and learning.
Proceedings of the 2007 ascilite conference (pp. 854-864). Singapore.

Woo, K., Gosper, M., McNeill, M., Preston, G., Green, D., & Phillips, R. A. (2008).

Web-based Lecture Technologies: Blurring the boundaries between face-to-face and distance learning. ALT-J, 16(2), 81-93. [Online] Available at


Traphagan, T, Vucsera, J.V., & Kishi, K. (2010) Impact of class lecture web casting on attendance and learning. Education Tech Research Dev. 58: 19-37. 

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