Policies and procedures

Policy No.
Teaching And Learning
Authoring Organisational Unit
Centre for Education Futures
Date Approved
28/09/2010 Revised 21/11/2018
Next Review Date
Approving Body
Academic Council

The University of Western Australia

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University Policy on: Lecture Capture


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1 Purpose

a) This policy sets out the conditions and requirements associated with the recording of lectures at all of the University campuses.

b) Recording educational activities and developing multi-media learning resources is an important part of the University’s vision to enhance the quality of the student experience.

c) The University's Lecture Capture System (LCS) is designed to enhance the institution's commitment to flexible modes of learning and teaching. The educational benefits to capturing lectures include:

i. flexible learning – providing flexibility to students to access learning materials anytime and anywhere at the learners’ own pace

ii. multi-mode learning – providing learning materials in multiple formats to suit individual learning preferences

iii. deep learning – providing learners with the opportunity to contextualise and evaluate learning materials over time

iv. reflective learning – providing students with the opportunity to review and reflect on the specific aspects of the taught content

v. accessibility – particularly useful for students with a range of special educational needs or students whose first language is not English

vi. pedagogical innovation – providing opportunities to explore and experiment new pedagogic approaches as well as the development of blended learning approaches

d) This Policy is to be read in conjunction with the following:

i. University Policy on Central Timetabling UP ;

ii. University Policy on Intellectual Property UP07/49;

iii. University Policy on Professional and Consultative Work UP07/204;

iv. University Policy on Selecting Teaching Modes UP09/1;

v. University Policy on Student Information Facilities UP13/6;

vi. University charter of student rights and responsibilities UP07/132; and

vii. University Policy on Teaching Periods UP14/12.


2 Scope

a) The scope of this policy applies to the entire University.


3 Lecture Capture

a) The University is committed to making teaching resources available to all students.

b) Lecture recording serves as a learning object to supplement and enhance the student learning experience, and not as a replacement for student contact hours or as a means of evaluating teaching.

c) All lectures in recording-enabled teaching spaces at all of the University campuses are recorded and all lecture recordings for the teaching period of a unit are continuously available and downloadable through the University’s Learning Management System (LMS) for students enrolled in the unit, until the end of the Supplementary and Deferred Examinations period for that particular unit.

d) Teaching staff may request an opt-out of recording lecture(s) in a unit under one or more of the following exceptional grounds with approval of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education) (PVEC) on the specific recommendation of the appropriate Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and/or the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education), where relevant:

i. ethical and/or security related issues;

ii. the use of commercially sensitive material;

iii. the use of third-party copyright teaching material;

iv. culturally sensitive content.

e) The University is committed to creating a teaching environment which respects Aboriginal wisdom, and celebrates the pursuit of Indigenous knowledge. Lectures including Indigenous content must, in the first instance, be delivered in ways that maximises lecture capture. Where such a delivery is not achievable, exemption requests to opt-out from lecture capture based on Indigenous cultural reasons must be submitted to the PVCE who considers the request in consultation with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education).   

f) An application for exception referred to in 3.3.1 and 3.3.2 must be made, in accordance with the procedures set out in Schedule A, to the appropriate faculty Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) and/or the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education), where relevant, well in advance of the commencement of the teaching period of the unit.

g) Where a request for a lecture to be exempted from the application of this policy has been granted, students are informed via the LMS with sufficient notification prior to the exempted session (normally prior to the start of the whole teaching period), and provided with the rationale for the decision and an indication of the alternative learning support materials that are provided.

h) Intellectual property rights in the content of classroom learning and teaching activity belong to the University’s employee(s) or to a relevant third party and unless separate contract terms apply, the University owns the copyright in recordings made by its employees in the course of their employment.

i) Students are not permitted to:

i. pass any lecture recordings to any other person by any means.

ii. publish, distribute, broadcast or sell any lecture recordings in any form (this includes, but is not limited to, the internet and hard copy publication).

j) Student behaviour in the forms referred to in 1.5 is a breach of the University’s copyrights and constitutes misconduct in accordance with Statute 17: Student Discipline and the Regulations for student conduct and discipline.

k) The University retains the right to withdraw a lecture recording at any time if concern is raised due to potential infringement of copyright, data protection or public exposure of commercially sensitive information.


4 Defined Terms

Learning Management System (LMS) means the University approved technology for delivering online learning materials to students.

Lecture means a teaching activity where the primary focus is on the lecturer’s presentation, explanation and analysis of key academic content.

Lecture Capture means the recording of a lecture.

Record(ing) means audio and/or visual recording of teaching using University-approved technologies unless a different type of recording is specifically identified.

The University means The University of Western Australia.


5 Legislative Controls

Copyright Act 1968.

Fair Work Act 2009 S 185 – Enterprise agreement - The University of Western Australia Academic Employees Agreement 2017.

University of Western Australia Act 1911 Statute No. 17 Student Discipline.


6 Related Documents

Schedule A


7 Associated Documents

University Policy on Central Timetabling UP

University Policy on Intellectual Property UP07/49.

University Policy on Professional and Consultative Work UP07/204.

University Policy on Selecting Teaching Modes UP09/1.

University Policy on Student Information Facilities UP13/6.

University Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities UP07/132.

University Policy on Teaching Periods UP14/12.





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This policy defines the nature and purpose of study leave provisions for academic staff and sets out eligibility criteria and other conditions that apply.

Example 2

This policy seeks to rationalise the award of honours across the University by addressing such issues as: entry standards, course content and structure, supervision, assessment, examination, grades, classifications, benchmarking and the maintenance and provision of documentation relating to these matters.  It is based on resolutions of the Academic Board flowing from the 1999 report of the Honours Working Party.


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7.1.3 Date original policy approved

28 September 2010

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7.1.4 Date this version of policy approved

21 November 2018

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