Today in a 2.5hr teaching session with postgraduates, I was recorded. While the student did ask my permission, and I said yes, I don’t think I asked enough about this.
- what was the recording – just audio, or was there a camera too?
- what was going to happen to the recording?
- would it be posted on the internet?
- just for that student, or for sharing with the group?
- why was I being recorded?
- was it a language issue?
- was the student disabled in some way that I was unaware off?
- is there any university policy about “informal” recording of lectures?
- while I consented, there was quite a lot of discussion amongst the group during the session, which was undoubtedly recorded too – what about their consent?
So now I’m left wondering what to do.
I think I will contact the student who made the recording to ask about the purpose and nature of the recording, and where it’s going to end up. I might ask for a copy as well (though 2.5 hours of my own voice is likely to be too much to bear!).
But it also raises the question in my mind – whether I should be creating podcasts of certain aspects of my teaching sessions, so that I can ensure the quality of the recording is adequate, and that the quality of the content is clear (I fear that my delivery of certain concepts to a faceless audience would be very different to my delivery when faced with a group whose body language I can try to read, and who can ask questions).