Post conference action

 

We had useful discussions at the conference about  lecture recording and particularly in the light of the UCU strike. As noted below, there is existing JISC guidance on this https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/recording-lectures-legal-considerations. JISC is open to review of this to address new legal developments. If you have any points you would suggest for inclusion, please do email abbe.brown@abdn.ac.uk (thanks to those of you who have already done so) or Andrew Cormack at JSIC andrew.cormack@jisc.ac.uk.  This may also include links to any existing institutional policies which you consider to be positive examples.

 

It was also suggested that BILETA would develop its own policy on this, and engage specifically with issues arising out of the strike.  A starting point is the collection of “Post-it” contributions left at the end of our second plenary on this issue.  These are being written up and will be forwarded (and the photos of them) to a working group to take this forward.  If you would like to be involved in this (or indeed, would just like to see the photos/notes) please do  contact abbe.brown@abdn.ac.uk.  A group with a variety of views, experiences and institutions would be excellent.    This would develop a suggested policy for discussion by the BILETA Exec.

 

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On day 1 and day 2, there will be plenary panels exploring the  topical and controversial issue of the recording of lectures. This has long been an area of debate raising questions of academic independence, student flexibility, addressing specific learning needs, privacy, and the impact on learning styles and student expectation.

In the weeks prior to BILETA 2018, new twists have been emerging. Some universities have argued that academic staff must agree to their recorded lectures being edited. There have also been references to the possibility of recorded lectures from previous years being used when academics have been exercising their right to strike.

On day 1 after lunch there will be an open session chaired by Abbe Brown (University of Aberdeen) with short presentations by Lilian Edwards (University of Strathclyde), Dan Hunter (Swinburne Law School) and Tristan Henderson (University of St Andrews) and some open discussion.  This will include discussion of a variety of university policies.

 

On day 2 in our final event there will be an open discussion led by Judith Rauhofer (University of Edinburgh) and Andrew Cormack (JISC). This will explore the possibility of new guidelines through JISC (for present guidelines, see https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/recording-lectures-legal-considerations).