JISC Legal Lecture Capture Guidelines

July 30, 2010 at 10:31 am | Posted in lecture recording | Leave a comment
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Making a recording of a lecture so that students can review it later seems like a straight-forward idea. Technology has advanced to the point where it is relatively  simple for the tutor – in essence all they need to do is make sure the microphone is switched on, start the software and press the record button.

Unfortunately, the move from ‘giving a lecture’ to ‘recording a lecture’ causes all kinds of awkward legal issues to raise  their fanged heads and start hissing. Intellectual property rights, performance rights and moral rights all affect who ‘owns’ the performance and what can be done with it. Copyright legislation comes into play and affects what can be included and shown. The accessibility of the recording is now a factor. And of course, who is liable if the tutor says something derogatory or offers misleading advice?

The JISC legal service have just released a helpful guide which explores all of these issues and gives advice where possible.

We (LATEU, iSolutions and Legal Services) have been developing our own guidelines as part of our lecture capture project, and it is reassuring to see that we have been working along the right lines. We have a draft version of an institutional lecture capture policy, along with guidance resources for tutors, students and guest lecturers – and these should be available in early September once they have been checked and approved.

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