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Will I end up on YouTube? Your common questions on Q-Review

Please see below to find answers to some of the commonly asked questions about Q-Review.

1. Can I edit my recording?

You will have access to edit all recordings that you are ‘instructor’ or ‘presenter’ for. Q-Review has a user-friendly interface which allows you to easily remove sections of a recording. Note that the edit window is just 28 days, so please make any cuts as soon as possible after the lecture/event. See guide.

2. Will I end up on YouTube?

By default, your recording will not be accessible to download for students or any other member of staff to upload onto YouTube. Your recordings can only be viewed by students if you have distributed them via email, QMplus or on a website. These can only be accessed by students who have a QMUL username and password. See acceptable usage policy

3. Who can view my recordings?

Your recordings will automatically be available to students via the Q-Review tool on your course page. These recordings can be accessed by anyone who is enrolled on your course page. You may also wish to distribute your recordings via email, QMplus or on a website (only users with a QMUL username and password can login and view the recording by default). If you want to make any changes to the default, e.g. delay release of your recordings or remove security settings, please do the following:

  • At the beginning of the semester, individuals in Q-Review Schools can make these requests via their Q-Review contacts.
  • At all other times or if you are not in a Q-Review School, please raise a ticket via the IT Helpdesk.

4. I don’t want to record my video, I only want to record my computer screen and audio, can I still use Q-Review?

Yes. You may choose to only record your computer screen and audio. Even if a recording has already taken place you can still request to permanently remove your video from the recording by raising an IT Helpdesk ticket. To ensure your recordings are set to record the screen and audio by default, contact your Q-Review school contact and let them know as soon as possible or contact AV Bookings.

5. My materials contain commercially sensitive information, what shall I do?

If your materials contain sensitive information you can still record the lecture and edit the particular section out. See our guide to editing your recording. You may also wish to cancel that week’s recording as this is a valid reason to opt out.

6. I don’t have time to attend training to learn how to edit, what other options are available?

That’s fine. You can learn how to edit quickly and easily using our editing guide. If you prefer someone to quickly talk you through it, you can also attend our drop in sessions which run every week. Keep an eye out on our homepage to see when we are running these.

7. Who ‘owns’ the recording? Will I be able to remove it if I don’t like it?

You as a presenter will have the full ownership of the recordings you create and, you can either delete or make your recordings unavailable anytime. Please see our handy guides to….

8. Will my students stop attending?

A recent literature review by colleagues at LSE and survey results from QMUL and UCL show that students value attending live lectures over recorded lectures as they find them more engaging and have the opportunity to ask questions. That said, some studies have shown a slight positive correlation between a greater use of recorded lectures and a decline in attendance, whilst others show no significant correlation at all (Karnad, 2013). The reality is that the factors affecting student attendance are so complex it is difficult to attribute fluctuations to any one cause. However, there is evidence to suggest that students will attend lectures where they anticipate them to be of value and the availability of a recording might affect the way they engage with that lecture – taking fewer notes for instance. Here at QMUL, the majority of recorded lectures have been used for review purposes and students see them as a supplement to live lectures not as replacement.

For the full LSE literature review, see Karnad, A. 2013: Student Use of Recorded Lectures. A report reviewing recent research into the use of lecture capture technology in higher education, and its impact on teaching methods and attendance.

9. Will my recordings will be made available to students immediately, giving me no time to make edits or decide if I want to use it?

By default your lecture will be made available to students immediately. If you would like them to be released at a later date you can request this by contacting IT Helpdesk who will make all your recordings initially unavailable. You can then choose to either:

  • release your recordings at your preferred date
  • release them after you have made the necessary edits
  • not release them at all if you are unhappy with the recording

More commonly asked questions

I am not part of HSS or S & E, what do I need to do get my lectures recorded?

No training is necessary. Request a recording by clicking here after you have booked your session in a Q-Review equipped room (this can be arranged with AV Bookings). The system automatically records and sends a link to you when it’s done. That’s it.

Will recordings be used for performance management or quality control?

By offering Q-Review, the E-Learning Unit aims to encourage innovative teaching methods by producing flexible learning resources for students. It is not a tool to monitor academic staff. Your recordings are accessible only to those who have the unique URL or who are enrolled in your QMplus course area (if you have chosen to make your recordings available via QMplus).

Will recordings replace the lecturer?

No. Q-Review recordings will be available for 2 years following the end of the academic year in
which they were created. If a presenter wishes to extend the availability of their recordings beyond 2 years they should do so by raising a Helpdesk ticket providing details of those recordings. Find out more in the Q-Review policy.

Aren’t lecture recordings for distance learning institutions?  We are not a distance learning institution and want to teach face-to-face?

Various studies show that lecture recordings enhance students’ learning experience and help certain students to achieve better grades. Several major universities across the world whether face-to-face or distance learning use lecture capture as an integral part of learning and teaching.

Where can I find more help and guidance on using Q-Review?

For more help and guidance with q-review see our useful guides under our Help and Support section.

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