Australian Catholic University (ACU) has a deep commitment to learning and teaching, research and community engagement, and strives to cultivate distinctive graduates who are highly skilled in their chosen field, knowledgeable and ethically informed.
ACU supports the recording of lectures (lecture capture) to complement face-to-face teaching as part of its commitment to engaging students in their learning and increasing student access to learning resources.
ACU recognises that the recording of lectures can assist students by providing them with the ability to review and revise unit material. It also facilitates the "time shifting or place shifting" of classes, for example in the case of students studying online.
2. Policy Statement
The ACU Lecture Capture Policy provides principles that govern recording of lectures (lecture capture) university-wide.
It is standard practice at ACU, that all lectures timetabled in lecture capture-enabled venues, are recorded and made available to students on the relevant LEO unit sites.
The purpose of this policy is to ensure that all lectures (where technology is available) university-wide, will be recorded and made available to students via the relevant LEO unit site within 24 hours from the conclusion of the lecture. It is acknowledged, however, that lectures may need to be excluded from being recorded in certain circumstances. These circumstances may include, for example, clinical, cultural or indigenous sensitivities.
4. Application of Policy
This policy applies to all lecturers unless exempt as per section 6 and section 9, including sessional lecturers and guest presenters.
It is a requirement that all lectures (where technology is available) are recorded and made available to students on the relevant LEO unit site.
The Heads of School of each faculty are responsible for reinforcing and disseminating the practice of lecture recording in their respective faculties.
Lecturers and students at ACU will be informed, by appropriate means, that they might be recorded during lectures.
ACU recognises that under normal circumstances, recorded lectures will be made available in the relevant LEO unit site within 24 hours from the conclusion of the lecture.
To assist students with course revision and examination preparation, recorded lectures should remain accessible on the course site until after the final examination (including deferred and supplementary assessment period).
Lecturers are responsible for the recording of their lectures either by using the automated software in the dedicated recording-enabled teaching spaces, or by using appropriate and compatible software on their own devices.
6. Non-Recording of Lectures in Enabled Facilities
ACU recognises that there may be some circumstances where lecturers want to pause and resume the recording of their lectures during a class due to privacy, confidentiality, or copyright issues.
ACU also recognises that there may be exceptional pedagogical or legal reasons for not recording a lecture in enabled facilities, in which case, the lecturer will have to apply for an opt-out to the relevant Head of School or equivalent, prior to the commencement of the Unit and the publication of the Unit Outline.
Lecturers may also request approval to opt-out of the recording of lectures or part of their lectures in the following circumstances:
The lecturer records the lectures using other methods as supported by ACU and makes the lectures available to the students on the relevant LEO unit site; or
The learning and teaching space does not provide the technology for the lecture to be recorded.
In both circumstances, students will be advised in the Unit Outline whether or not lecture capture is to be used for a unit.
ACU holds ownership of all teaching materials including recorded lecture content. Lecturers are responsible for ensuring that copyright guidelines (as stipulated in the University copyright policies) are followed.
ACU acknowledges that where the recording of lectures is not provided by lecture capture, students may request permission to record a lecture if the recording is to be used solely for the purpose of studying or revising the material for the unit. This request must be made to the lecturer before commencing recording and must describe the proposed action and the medium in which the recording is proposed. No reasonable request from a student should be refused.
In this instance, "reasonable request" means a request in which the student undertakes to use the recording solely for the purpose of studying and revising material from the class, and where there is no significant disruption to other students or the teaching space. Further, the student must undertake to:
not provide the recorded material to any other person, unless with the prior consent of the lecturer, and
destroy the recorded material at the completion of study for that unit.
* Unless otherwise indicated, this policy will still apply beyond the review date.
Related Policies, Procedures, Guidelines and Local Protocols
Learning and Teaching Framework 2014-17 (‘Learning for Life’)
Cultural Diversity Policy
ACU University Teaching Criteria & Standards Framework
DRAFT ACU Learning and Teaching Policy
Assessment Policy and Procedures
Guidelines to enhance the use of LEO
Professional Development for Academic Staff Policy
Physical Teaching Space Standards
Policy on Discipline Expertise within Courses
Copyright and Moral Rights
Intellectual Property Development