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Course Recordings

Project overview

The course recordings project will gain a broader perspective of the privacy, labour and student success issues implied by recording lectures in face-to-face classes. The project aims to give faculty a comprehensive examination of the issues, balancing faculty concerns with student success. The project will aim to make recommendations for a policy on campus about how best to offer course recordings at Concordia.

Background info

Recordings of courses, or part of them, which are then made available outside of lecture hours is not a new issue in higher education. From the onset of distance education, recorded lectures – whether live or in a staged studio setting – have meant greater access to education for many students. The use of course recordings has been especially important for non-traditional students and students who have diverse learning needs. They allow students to learn at a pace that is more comfortable for them and to review course materials when they most need access to the expertise a professor offers. In a time when increased funding is given to student success, this issue has not been explored in any serious way at Concordia.


August 2019
Establish a committee to oversee project.

September 2019
Environmental scan of university policies, from around the world.
Conduct a comprehensive literature review of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as it pertains to course recordings.

December 2019
Consultations with the professoriate regarding how best to proceed with course recordings.

January 2020
Draft and review recommendations.

April 2020
Make recommendations to the Provost and larger community by the Digital Strategy Steering Committee (DSSC).

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