Information for staff

Lecture capture offers staff a variety of tools that make it easy to produce video content for students. Despite fears to the contrary, some NTU academics have reported that it leads to improved interaction and more active learning during live lectures. Recorded lectures offer a number of benefits:

  • It supports self-paced, self-selected access to learning materials
  • It can be used to support students with additional learning needs or accessibility requirements
  • It can help in cases of legitimate absences such as illness
  • It allow students to concentrate on the lecture, knowing that they can return to listen again if needed.

How to use lecture capture

Lecture recording – automated recording of lectures delivered in enabled rooms via timetabling scheduling.

Desktop recorder application – capturing audio, video and images from your webcam and recording related contents such as tutorials for your students. You can do this wherever and whenever you want by installing the desktop recorder (link) on your computer, laptop or Macbook.

There are different elements to lecture capture, e.g. editing your recordings, pause and resume. NOW has more information and a quick introduction (Login for NOW is required).


Staff training sessions are available from Org Dev to support the use of My Media Files and 'Effective speaking for lecture capture'. Digital Taster event including half-hour lecture capture taster session are also available from Organisational Development.

"I find lecture capture really good as takes the pressure off worrying about missing important content whilst trying to learn how to write your own notes effectively in first year." [NTU student, 2017]

Which lectures are recorded?

All timetabled lectures at NTU delivered in a room with lecture capture capabilities, will be automatically set to record by Timetabling. All academics are pre-registered to use lecture capture. If you wish to opt-out of this process or feel the session is inappropriate for recording, please follow our opt-out procedure

To capture non-timetabled events such as conferences and for visiting speakers please email Academic office (reg rooms) with details.

Lecture capture reports can be found in COGNOS in the Course Information Reports section of Course Information. You will need a COGNOS login to access these reports.

How do captured lectures get published?

Completed recordings will automatically appear under 'Lecture Capture' in the corresponding NOW module learning room(s). (Editing, Access to students). You can also find Quick Guides, FAQs on lecture capture use, Tips and other useful materials.

Recordings will be kept on the system for the current academic year and then archived for three years before being deleted. Recordings can be rolled over as part of the NAYP process on request.

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  • Inform students that lecture is being recorded
  • Explain that microphone will focus on you and not them
  • Encourage them to ask questions. Repeat any question before answering, as the microphone is unlikely to pick up a student voice
  • Warn students that is an additional resource that cannot be relied on as technical problems do arise