Post conference action

 

We had useful discussions at the conference about  lecture recording and particularly in the light of the UCU strike. We discussed JISC guidance I place as at April 2018 on this https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/recording-lectures-legal-considerations.This guidance was updated after BILETA in light of developments and discussion. The present guidance is https://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/recording-lectures-legal-considerations.

We are pleased to provide a link to a draft paper building on research presented in the first plenary and which refers to our discussions L Edwards, L Martin and T Henderson “Employee Surveillance: The Road to Surveillance is Paved with Good Intentions” https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3234382

It was also suggested that BILETA would develop its own policy on this, and engage specifically with issues arising out of the strike. This policy was released in September 2018 and is here. The policy drew from a collection of “Post-it” contributions left at the end of our second plenary on this issue and a working group from across institutions and perspectives. The policy was then approved by the BILETA Executive.

 

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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).