Recording teaching content, whether in the classroom or from your desk, and making recordings available to students, can give students the opportunity to re-watch content, enhance note taking and revise topics. This assists all students not just those with additional support needs.
However, these recordings can be made more inclusive and useful to students by following a number of simple practices.
Adding notes to the slides
Adding notes to slides, whether within PowerPoint or alongside the lecture recording, can make a big difference to how inclusive this learning resource becomes. Not only does it enable the student to draw upon the key points you make during the recording it also helps to provide an alternative to a transcript of what was said. You can either add notes to the PowerPoint slides in the note section (potentially converting this into a handout) or alongside the slides in your lecture recording.
Making the slides available to download alongside the recording
Making the slides available allows students to annotate and add notes to their slides either manually or digitally. This also makes learning more flexible as some students may want to take the slides with them on the move but would not have the ability to take the recording with them. There are two ways you can add these files, either upload them in Course Resources alongside the link to the recording or add them as a PDF to the recording.
Using holding slides to help students navigate within the recording
Sometimes within a recorded session time may be taken to participate in active learning within class. This part of the lecture recording will become less useful to students. In order to help with navigating past this part of the recording, consider using a place holder slide in your presentation. This makes it easy for students to use the slider to move past this slide and therefore this part of the recording.
Using the keyword search to aid navigation within the recording
You can easily navigate through a lecture recording using the search function, which allows you to use key words to search the recording and notes to get back to specific point in the recording. It then makes where this word occurs and means you can navigate to each point within the recording.
Use the Panopto app to view recordings on your mobile device
You can download and use the Panopto app on Android and iOS (Apple) via the iPad and iPhone to view lecture recordings. This enables you to take them with you on the go.
Making students aware of these features
In order for students to take full advantage of the practices and features of lecture recording which support an inclusive learning experience it is important to inform students how to access these. It might be during the first time lecture recording is used these features are highlighted to students or this is done within a short recording supplied alongside the first lecture.
Captioning Lecture Recording
Panopto has an auto captioning feature that uses speech to text recognition and an editor to improve accuracy. You can also create your own captions and upload them. Read this guide on how to add captions to your recordings and how to upload your own captions.
Alternatively, a paid for transcription service is available. Please contact TEL for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or x1875.
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