Reading: “Student use of recorded lectures”

Student use of recorded lectures: a report reviewing recent research into the use of lecture capture technology in higher education, and its impact on teaching methods and attendance I am always on the lookout for resources and research that supports (or not – never let it be say that I’m not open minded) the use of an appropriate and considered implementation of lecture capture. So I was very pleased when I saw a¬†tweet highlighting this research from London School of Economics (LSE):

Karnad, Arun (2013) Student use of recorded lectures: a report reviewing recent research into the use of lecture capture technology in higher education, and its impact on teaching methods and attendance. London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK. Available online: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/50929/ [Accessed 28 June, 2013]

What I have taken from this is highlighted in the conclusion – it is as much about the signposting and implementation of the technology as the way the individual(s) use it. Whist some will use it as an excuse to skip lectures (isn’t that their choice?) others will use it as a resource as we intended it … for learning, reflection, growth, the ‘student experience’, etc.:¬†

“The papers reviewed in this report, whilst using various measurement parameters and studying different groups of students studying a variety of courses, have reached some common conclusions on the question of student use of recorded lectures and its effect on attendance. The majority of these papers concluded that students liked having access to recorded lectures, and mainly used them to make up for missed lectures, and to review lectures in order to prepare for assessments … Students in most studies also preferred access to live lectures, with most preferring a blended format incorporating lecture recordings, live lectures, course materials and additional classes. Studies have suggested that lecture capture may also be a helpful tool for students with learning disabilities and NESB students.”

The conclusion continues by saying that the

“perception that access to recorded lectures lowered student attainment has also been disputed by most of the papers considered in this review with lecture recordings having a slightly positive, or negligible effect on student attainment, and even a rise in student grades and lecture attendance in some cases. This may be due to the strategic manner in which students use lecture recordings to reinforce their understanding of lecture materials, rather than viewing recordings as a replacement for attending lectures.”

“Therefore whilst lecture capture technology offers many benefits and pitfalls, its current role in higher education remains a supportive one in relation to live lectures, which are yet valued higher by students than their recorded equivalents.”

What do you you think? Are you in favour or against lecture capture, and why? What is you your experience with it, good or bad?