Recording In-Person Synchronous Course Components

Here are basic guidelines for recording in-person (synchronous) course components. 

  • There will be webcams in all classrooms, except small, conference/seminar-style rooms. Faculty will be able to live-stream an in-person meeting via Zoom as well as record the live session and upload it to Blackboard. However, there are limitations, to be sure, to teaching while masked, stationary, and abiding by the six-foot distancing protocols;
  • Instead, we recommend recording any lecture portions of your sessions in advance and presenting them to students asynchronously, leaving synchronous sessions for discussion. For this model, the University obtained a lecture capture system called Panopto, available to you from anywhere (home, office, classrooms, etc). Panopto does more than recording the video: it combines the video and any presentation that you are making, such as PowerPoint. It captures all these elements all in one file which you can then stream, edit, add captioning to, index, and archive. Training on Panopto will soon be available from ITAC;
  • As in the case of recording online synchronous sessions, instructors do not need to obtain student consent to record an in-person class session as long as the recording is not shared outside the course;
  • Students are not allowed to record in-person class sessions, unless the Office of Disability Services informs you as an instructor that a particular student has an approved accommodation that requires such recording; in that case, faculty cannot deny the student the right to record;
  • No one, including faculty and students, is allowed to share the recorded content outside the course without the consent of all the members of the group;
  • The University will not make use of these recordings for any purposes such as evaluation of instruction, investigating allegations of misconduct, or other non-instructional purposes.