Benefits for students of recorded lectures

Feedback from our lecture capture pilot has shown various benefits of recording a lecture for students.


A lecture may be complex and difficult to understand

If your lecture covers new terminology and/or complicated material which must be remembered, it is an enormous help to students to be able to play back the lecture at their own pace and look again at specific topics they may not have fully understood the first time round.

I found them a useful back up to the notes distributed and used them selectively when I wanted to revisit a topic I was less confident about.


Students may not speak English natively

Someone for whom English is an additional language might find it difficult to interpret or understand everything that is covered during a lecture. Having the ability to re-watch will give them time to look up anything they are unsure of.


Students may have trouble note-taking

If a student has a disability they may find it difficult to listen to a lecture, process the information, and make notes at the same time. A lecture recording provides an audio and visual record which students can repeat as many times as they need. Any part of a lecture can be found easily and played back. It also means an electronic version of the lecture is stored, so it is not a problem if handwritten notes are lost.

I can pause the lecture at any time in order to make notes, if the lecturer goes too fast - or speed the recording up if the lecturer speaks slowly. Listening to the lecture a second time helps me condense my notes and eliminate the parts of the lecture which are not useful.


Students are unable to ask all the questions they would like to

In some lectures attendance numbers are very large, which means not all students will have the chance to ask questions, or they may feel inhibited from asking questions in front of such a large group.


Distance learning students

Being able to watch a lecture online means that students who can’t be physically present in a lecture still feel part of a learning community and can see and hear their tutors speaking about a topic.



During intense revision periods it can be very beneficial for students to be able to revisit or catch up on lectures and to navigate easily to the content they need.


Different learning styles

As different students prefer to learn in different ways and at different paces, giving them the flexibility and control to view a lecture in their own time means those students who find it difficult to learn from lectures have an alternative method of delivery to suit their learning style.


Not the only source of information

You may also wish to remind your students that a lecture should be only the start of their learning and not the totality. Refer them to the Library and other relevant sources of information.


Further Resources and Reading

Lecture capture: what can we learn from the research?



Johnston, A.N.B, Mass, H. and Burne T.H.J. (2013). Digital lecture recording: A cautionary tale. Nurse Education in Practice, 13, pp. 40 - 47. Available at [Accessed 15 June 2016]

Williams, A., Birch, E. and Hancock, P. 2012. The impact of online lecture recordings on student performance. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28(2), pp. 199 - 213.

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