REPLAY FAQs

Student Frequently Asked Questions

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What is REPLAY?

REPLAY is the lecture capture system used by the University of St Mark & St John. It records live lecture sessions, and allows students to review the recordings at a later date.

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Do I have to pay to use REPLAY?

No! REPLAY is provided free to all students at the University.

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Will my lectures be recorded?

The University, like many other institutions across the UK and further afield, believes that lecture capture has the potential to benefit students. As set out in the Lecture Capture Policy, the University has therefore committed to automatically capturing all timetabled lectures via the REPLAY system. Unless your tutor or module team decide to opt-out, we will attempt to automatically capture all lectures for your course.

As REPLAY is a fairly complex system, we cannot guarantee that all recordings will be successful and you should certainly not rely on them being available. They are provided to supplement face-to-face lectures.

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What do I need to access REPLAY recordings?

You should be able to view REPLAY recordings via any PC or Mac although you’ll need a stable Internet connection and speakers/headphones. The REPLAY web-player should resize to fit different devices, but students might get better experience if they try using the native Android or iOS apps. Search for “Panopto” in the AppStore or on Google Play.

Contact the e-Learning Team if you have any difficulty using your device.

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How do I access REPLAY recordings?

If a lecture was successfully recorded, it should be available shortly afterwards directly from within LearningSpace. Recordings are listed in reverse chronological order on the REPLAY block within the relevant module area.

Clicking on a title for a lecture launches the REPLAY web-player. Easy!

 
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Can I upload REPLAY lectures to the Internet (i.e. YouTube, Facebook etc.)?

No. We do not allow this under the terms set out the Service Level Agreement. Any students caught sharing recordings without the permission of their tutor will be subject to University disciplinary procedures.

If you are unsure what you can and can’t do with a recording, please speak to the e-Learning Team.

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I can’t find my lectures on REPLAY, what should I do?

If a recording is not present in generally means one of three things:

  1. REPLAY is still processing the recording, wait up to 24 hours after the end of the lecture before reporting anything.
  2. Your tutor opted out of being recorded, so REPLAY did not capture anything.
  3. A technical hiccup meant the recording failed.

If you think something has gone wrong please contacting the e-Learning Team with the time and date and module code for your lecture.

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Why do the recordings stop before the end of the lecture?

REPLAY gets all of its scheduling data from the University timetable system thanks to the wizardry of our Information & Planning team. REPLAY will cease its recording once it hits the end of the timetabled lecture. If the lecture runs over, your tutor may decide to manually extend the recording (if they remember to do so!).

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Why is one of my REPLAY lectures really quiet?

This is probably because the in-room microphone equipment has been tampered with. Please contact the e-Learning Team immediately so we can investigate the issue. It is probably not possible to salvage the recording, but we’ll try if we can.

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What should I do if I don’t want to be recorded?

It is not the University’s intention to capture students, but practicalities mean this can sometimes happen. Please speak to your tutor in the first instance.

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Does this mean I can miss lectures?

The University does not guarantee all lectures will be recorded, and we are under no obligation to provide them. Therefore normal attendance policies remain in place.

REPLAY is provided to help you grasp the subject matter by recapping sessions or parts that are complex. You’ll benefit most by attending all of your lectures, and then using REPLAY to fill in gaps in your notes and/or knowledge.

You can read about more of the benefits here.

Staff Frequently Asked Questions

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What is REPLAY?

REPLAY is the lecture capture system used by the University of St Mark & St John. It records live lecture sessions, and allows students to review the recordings at a later date.

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What are the benefits?

Various studies have shown that lecture recordings can aid students in their revision; and the recordings are invaluable to those with a student support need or English as a second language.

To find out more, check out our REPLAY benefits page.

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What’s the difference between Lecture Capture, Panopto and REPLAY?

The learning technology that records live teaching sessions is known generically as ‘lecture capture’. One of the most popular providers of lecture capture solutions is ‘Panopto’, and this is the system we use at the University. To make the service a bit more student-friendly, we’ve decided to brand our implementation of Panopto ‘REPLAY’.

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Will I be recorded?

The University, like many other institutions across the UK and further afield, believes that lecture capture has the potential to benefit students and staff alike. As set out in the Lecture Capture Policy, the University has therefore committed to automatically capturing all timetabled lectures via the REPLAY system. Unless you decide to opt-out, any lectures you deliver should be automatically captured, unless you're teaching in a non-standard room.

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How do I know if I'm being recorded?

Staff should assume that their session is being recorded if they are delivering an officially timetabled lecture, and they (or the module leader) have not opted out of REPLAY.

A visual indication, in the form of the Panopto recording icon, is also available in the system tray.

 
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What will be recorded?

Only officially timetabled University lectures taking place in REPLAY-Ready rooms will be recorded. For these we will attempt to automatically capture all audio spoken during the lecture using the in-ceiling microphone. This audio will be combined and synchronised with any material you show via the in-room laptop (i.e. presentation slides).

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Who can see my recordings?

All REPLAY lectures are automatically processed following the session and then published immediately onto LearningSpace via the REPLAY block. Only students and staff enrolled on the individual module can access and view the recording.

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How long will my records be held?

If tutors do not request the deletion of recordings themselves, the period the University may keep a recording under the terms set out in the Lecture Capture Policy will start from the date the recording is made and last until the end of the following academic year. For example, a recording made in November 2014 could continue to be used until August 2016, the end of the following academic year. In practice, the e-Learning Team will implement a procedure during the summer vacation each year to automatically delete all recordings that have 'expired'. The deletion of old recordings will also help the e-Learning Team manage the disk storage required.

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Can I edit my recording?

Yes, there are two ways of doing this. You can either pause the recording whilst it is taking place, or you can edit the recording once it has finished.

You can pause the recording by clicking on the Panopto icon in the system tray, and selecting Pause. The recording will continue to take place, but the paused sections will be edited out. You can always recover any paused sections by editing the recording later.

You can use the REPLAY online editing tool to remove parts that you do not wish to be presented to students. Have a look at the guidance provided by Panopto, or speak to the e-Learning Team for more help with this.

 
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How do I opt out?

Recording by the University of educational activities is an important part of the University’s strategy to enhance the quality of the student experience, and the University sees it increasingly as part of mainstream academic work. The University recognises, however, that occasionally members of staff or students may have legitimate reasons for not wishing to be recorded and this is permitted under the terms set out in the policy. Staff wishing to opt out can do so by completing the forms available here.

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Will this service affect student attendance at my lectures?

Recent studies have investigated trends in the use of lecture capture, and indicate that attendance is not affected by the presence of such a system (Copely, 2007; Hew, 2009; Nast et al., 2009; White, 2009). Students generally watch parts of the lecture again to go over their notes, and access tends to peak just before exams periods.

Students report the advantages of regular scheduled study and the opportunity to ask questions as being important factors in influencing their decision to attend classes (Copely, 2007).

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My lecture didn’t record, what can I do?

As REPLAY is quite a complex system, we cannot guarantee that all recordings will be successful. You can, if you wish, record the session again by speaking to the e-Learning Team. If you don’t wish to record the whole lecture again, another option is to capture a short summary to highlight the main topics.

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How do my students access my REPLAY recordings?

Students have immediate access to your lecture recordings directly from within LearningSpace. Recordings are listed in reverse chronological order on the REPLAY block within the course area.

Clicking on a title for a lecture launches the REPLAY web-player. Easy!

 
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Why is one of my REPLAY lectures really quiet?

This is probably because the in-room microphone equipment has been tampered with. Please contact the e-Learning Team immediately so we can investigate the issue. It is probably not possible to salvage the recording, but we’ll try if we can.

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Why do the recordings stop before the end of the lecture?

REPLAY gets all of its scheduling data from the University timetable system thanks to the wizardry of our Information & Planning team. REPLAY will cease its recording once it hits the end of the timetabled lecture.

If you are over-running, you can avoid this by extending the recording by 5 minutes by right-clicking on the Panopto icon in the system tray.

 
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What should I do if a student asks to not be recorded?

Tutors should encourage students to consider allowing their question/comment to be included if deemed academically worthwhile. It is the responsibility of the presenter to edit captured lectures, however, additional support will be offered by the e-Learning Team.

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Which rooms work with REPLAY?

Computing & Media Services manage the roll-out of recording equipment into teaching spaces. Most standard on-campus classrooms as now REPLAY Ready. You can check your usual teaching room is supported by accessing our global room list.

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What's to stop students uploading REPLAY recordings to the Internet?

The University confirms that recordings will, by default, be available via streaming only unless the presenter requests that a downloadable version be made available.

Making recordings available via streaming only provides increased security as the computer accessing the REPLAY recording only has a few seconds of the recording stored locally at any one time.

Although quite complex, it is still technically possible to make a copy of a REPLAY lecture recording. Students are advised that this contravenes the REPLAY terms of use outlined in the Service Level Agreement, and any students who do so will be subject to disciplinary procedures.

References

Copely, J. (2007) Audio and video podcasts of lectures for campus-based students: production and evaluation of student use. Innovations in Education & Teaching International. 44 (4): 387–399.

Hew, Khe Foon (2009) Use of audio podcast in K-12 and higher education: a review of research topics and methodologies. Education Technology Research and Development. 57: 333–357.

Nast, A., Schäfer-Hesterberg, G., Zielke, H., Sterry, W. and Rzany, B. (2009) Online lectures for students in dermatology: a replacement for traditional teaching or a valuable addition? Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology. 23 (9): 1039-1043.

White, B.T. (2009) Analysis of students’ downloading of online audio lecture recordings in a large biology lecture course. Journal of College Science Teaching. 38 (3): 23–27.

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