Lectures online for the uninitiated

Monash University Lectures Online is a lecture recording service which uses Echo360 technology, offering a blended learning experience to students, wherever they are... by Laurie Smith.

Why use Monash University Lectures Online?
Monash University Lectures Online is popular with students as a way of ‘time-shifting’ lectures when timetables clash, of focusing in on unclear sections, of scanning through lecture slides and referring back to lecture material when studying for exams.

Lecturers benefit through the use of analytics, permitting them to keep track of student usage, % completion and are even able to locate the most popular parts of their lectures.

Which lecture theatres are set up with recording facilities?
The number of theatres capable of recording lectures is constantly expanding and is listed here: teaching spaces available for online recording.

How do academic staff request lecture recordings for their units?
The simplest way to request lecture recording is by using our online form.  It’s also possible to request one-off recordings by emailing lib-mlo-l@monash.edu or by creating your own recordings using personal capture software. Requests can be made by staff only.

How do I report a problem?
The most direct way to notify us of any issues is to use the Report a problem on our home page.

Who arranges the lecture recordings?
Lecture recordings can only take place if requested by the lecturer or unit co-ordinator for a course unit. Some faculties such as Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Information Technology, record all units by default, except for certain courses in which teaching staff have requested not to be recorded.

What will be recorded?
By default, our recordings capture both audio and visual content. Audio is recorded from the theatre microphones, while visuals are recorded from the output of the theatre PC or connected laptop (e.g. PowerPoint presentations). Note that a small number of theatres are equipped to make video recordings of presenters.

How soon will my lecture recordings be available online?
Lecture recordings need to be uploaded from the recording device and processed into the various formats we deliver.  Generally they are available for playback within an hour or two after the conclusion of lectures though this varies mainly due to server load.

How long do the recordings remain available?
All lecture recordings remain available for the duration of the semester in which a unit is held.

How do students find the lecture recordings?
The link to your lecture recordings are listed under your faculty on the MULO homepage.  These links are maintained by MULO staff.   If desired, you may paste the link to the lecture recordings for your unit into Moodle, however these links are not maintained by MULO staff and may go out of date.

What options are available for accessing the recordings?
Lectures may be accessed via streaming them directly through the EchoPlayer, by downloading them, or by subscribing to the unit using a podcast manager like iTunes.

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