Can I use lecture recordings as a substitute for lectures?

Q. Can I use lecture recordings as a substitute for lectures?

A. Some staff have requested to have recordings of ‘live’ lectures used as a substitute for lectures in subsequent years, either as a way to provide more on-line resources for a topic, for developing ‘flipped’ or ‘blended’ approaches to topic delivery, or simply as a way of freeing up staff time.

This is not a practice that the University endorses. Our lecture recording initiative is designed as a second-best substitute in cases where students are unable to attend lectures, and as a supplemental resource for their learning and revision.  It’s not intended as an approved way of replacing live lectures.

Conventional live lectures aren’t necessarily the best teaching tool, and video recordings can be a very useful mechanism for and adjunct to teaching.  However, they should be designed and recorded in a customised way to best support the delivery of the topic and/or subsequent face-to-face interactions.  This can be via short good-quality video presentations through to impromptu and less formal video learning content.  Your college eLearning Support team will be happy to support you to determine the best design solution for the job at hand.

While the use of video to enhance teaching delivery, if done well, is legitimate, the use of unimproved ‘recycled’ recorded live lectures is not.  Raw lecture recordings are usually a poor form of teaching delivery, and their use is likely to considerably reduce the quality of our students’ learning experience.

So, under normal circumstances, recordings of live lectures should not be reused in Flinders topics for the purpose of replacing a live lecture or face-to-face time.

If there are unforeseen circumstances (e.g. staff absence, where all other means of replacement are exhausted), then the college Teaching Program directors or delegate may give special permission for such use.

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