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Lecture Capture

Find out about using lecture capture, a versatile multimedia tool that makes it easy to produce academic video content for students.

Understanding Lecture Capture

A lecturer talks to a lecture theatre full of people

Lecture Capture software generates audio recordings that can be synchronised with presented materials, such as PowerPoint slides.

Recorded lectures are made available to students via the module learning room in NOW. They serve as a useful digital resource and revision tool for students.

Acting on student feedback from Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) that Lecture Capture had become a priority for our students, this facility has now been made available in many teaching rooms.

Lecture Capture is provided by Panopto and made available via the Lecture Capture link in the top navigation bar of each module's NOW Learning Room.

The Lecture Capture unit in the Technology Central learning room provides information and guidance to support colleagues best practice use of Panopto.

Useful information for staff

Lecture Capture offers staff a variety of tools that make it easy to produce video content for students. NTU academics have reported that it leads to improved interaction and more active learning during live lectures. Recorded lectures offer a number of benefits:

  • It supports self-paced, self-selected access to learning materials.
  • It can be used to support students with additional learning needs or accessibility requirements.
  • It can help in cases of legitimate absences, such as illness.
  • It allows students to fully participate in the lecture, knowing that they can return to listen again if needed.

Recordings will automatically appear under 'Lecture Capture' in the corresponding NOW module learning room(s).

Recordings will be kept for the current academic year and then archived for three years before being deleted. Recordings can be rolled over as part of the New Academic Year Process (NAYP) on request.

If teaching is timetabled to take place in a room with Lecture Capture capabilities, it will be recorded automatically.

If you wish to opt-out of this process or feel the session is inappropriate for recording, please follow our opt-out procedure.

To capture non-timetabled events such as conferences and for visiting speakers please email Academic office (reg rooms) with details.

Lecture Capture reports can be found in COGNOS in the Course Information Reports section of Course Information. You will need a COGNOS login to access these reports.

When your teaching is being recorded you should:

  • Inform students that they are being recorded
  • Explain that the microphone will focus on you and not them
  • Encourage your students to ask questions.
  • Repeat any questions asked before answering (as the microphone is unlikely to pick up a student voice)
  • Advise your students that this is intended as an additional resource and not intended to replace face to face teaching. Make your students aware that on occasion there may be technical problems and that they should still make a note of key information.

For more information and support visit the Lecture Capture unit in the Technology Central learning room. Here you will find information to support your understanding of the process of classroom recording at NTU in addition to guides to support best practice use of your recordings in your module learning room.

As well as automated classroom recording Panopto, the software used to provide Lecture Capture at NTU, can be used to create video learning resources at your desk. You can find out more about desktop recording using Panopto (also known as “Choose to Use”) in Technology Central.

Face to Face training to support colleagues using Lecture Capture and video resources for Learning, Teaching and Assessment is available through Organisational Development.

Useful information for students

Recorded lectures can be found in NOW. You will need your NTU username and password to log in and can find lecture recordings under the 'Lecture Capture' link in the top navigation bar of your module’s Learning Room.

Recorded lectures can be found in the corresponding module learning rooms in NOW. You will need your NTU username and password to log in to NOW where lecture recordings can be found under the Lecture Capture link in the top navigation bar of your module’s Learning Room.

To find out if your lecture will be recorded, please speak to your Module Leader. If you are having any problems viewing recorded lectures, please contact the Library Information Desk or email

Recorded lectures are provided as an additional resource to support students’ learning and are not intended to be equivalent to attending classes. Live-teaching events provide students with the opportunity to ask questions when help is needed, and to learn from, and interact with, peers.

There are several ways you may wish to use Lecture Capture to support your learning at NTU:

  • knowing a recording will be available for review can enable you to participate fully in the session, especially if you find note-taking difficult;
  • a recording can be used to review parts of the lecture to consolidate your learning (as part of your revision) or to identify where you may need to focus additional study time;
  • a recording may help you to catch up when you've missed a lecture legitimately, e.g. illness.

Please be aware:

  • not all teaching interactions are recorded;
  • a lecturer may wish to pause and resume the recording during a session for various reasons so you may miss some content;
  • if you wish to ask a question and would prefer not to be recorded, you can ask for the recording to be paused, or edited out later;
  • downloading and distributing videos is prohibited;
  • technical problems happen, although it is unusual, sometimes recordings fail, and we would advise mitigating against a recording as your only source of the event;
  • recorded lectures can be watched on most personal devices, e.g. tablets, mobile phones.

Additional resources

These resources may prove useful if you're looking to learn more about using Lecture Capture:

Get in touch

If you have any questions about using Lecture Capture, please contact