Supporting international students

Recording lecturers and tutorials can be very beneficial to international students; both campus based and distance learning.


Being able to review content at their own pace

Someone for whom English is an additional language might find it difficult to interpret or understand everything that is covered during a lecture. Knowing a lecture is being recorded means that a student can concentrate fully during the lecture itself, and then review it afterwards as many times as they need to. There is also the option to play back at a slower speed if required.

A lecturer in the Department of Media and Comms at the University of Leicester has recorded her lectures on research methods for a group of 160 students who are mostly Chinese. She feels this is essential, both because English is not their first language but also the topic is quite complicated. Feedback from the students is extremely positive. If recordings are not available in Blackboard the same day, students email her to ask where they are.

When international students return home during holidays, it can be useful for you to download recordings for them before they leave, so they’re still able to watch recordings at home even if they don’t have a good internet connection. To do this go to and click Show all Sessions. Hover over the recording you’d like to download and click on Settings.

Panopto settings

In Settings click on Outputs from the left hand list. You can then choose which type of video you’d like to download. For example, you can choose just the secondary video, which would be your PowerPoint presentation or what was displayed on your screen, plus the audio. Then click on Download Podcast.

Download recording

Please note, students are not able to do this.


Supporting international students overseas

Distance learning students can often feel disconnected from a community, so including recorded lectures as part of their course can make them feel more involved in the university by being able to see and hear their tutor.

It is important to bear in mind that international distance learning students may have variable internet connections and speeds, so it can be helpful to provide an audio-only version of a lecture. This means it is much quicker to download than a video recording.

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