Lecture capture is just one element of a larger strategy to enrich our learning and teaching resources at St Andrews by improving our use of technology. Many colleagues are already engaged in this activity, using video clips, e-fora, blogs, clickers (and their successors), virtual field trips, customised apps, a wide range of software packages, smartboards and all sorts of other tools. However, there is more we can do and I am very keen to make these resources available to a wider range of staff and students. We depend heavily, and quite rightly, on face-to-face teaching, often in small groups or even one-to-one. That is a strong part of our institutional identity, and there is no plan to change it. Lecture capture and other technological instruments are there to support our students, improve our teaching and help us all get the very most we can out of contact in the classroom. The lecture capture pilot has gone very well and has already opened up new ways of teaching as well as providing a welcome extra resource for students. I’d like to encourage as many people as possible to try it out.
Professor Lorna Milne