(Virtual Classroom at the University of Suffolk)
The University is committed to providing students with a flexible and supportive learning experience. This includes the use of Virtual Classroom (Bongo, VC) for the delivery of lectures, and on occasion seminars. The University recognises that this will enable students to engage with live synchronous delivery, but to also revisit learning delivered through lectures and seminars post live delivery or if, exceptionally, engagement with live delivery is not possible.
The use of recorded sessions (lecture capture) is based on the following guiding principles:
All lectures should be delivered using VC, and should, normally, be recorded and posted to the Brightspace module / unit folder.
Where sensitive topics are delivered and discussed using VC there may be a rationale from not recording the live session, or for stopping and then restarting the recording. The decision to not record should be:
determined as part of the course design process ahead of the scheduled delivery date,
discussed between the tutor delivering the lecture, and either the Course Leader or Associate dean of Learning Teaching and Student Experience, with a clear rationale provided,
notified to the students as part of the timetabling or module introduction,
be replaced by additional learning resources such as slides, video, readings or discussion boards within the module / unit of content in Brightspace.
Where the chat function is used as part of delivery, this will be included in the uploaded recorded lecture. In exceptional circumstances, the entire chat may be removed from the recorded, by the Learning Design team, through a manual process.
Recorded lectures are for educational purposes and are not used as part of performance management by the tutor line manager or course team.
Recorded lectures may be used as part of the University Peer Observation policy and procedure to encourage practice of individual staff members or course teams.
Recorded lectures are made available for the duration of the academic year, but will not form part of the content rolled across academic years.
There are a number of ‘technical’ settings which should be used in the set up and delivery of VC. These are included in set up instructions as produced by the Learning Design team in the Directorate for Learning and Teaching, and include:
setting student cameras to be ‘off’ by default for safeguarding and privacy reasons
setting student microphones to be ‘off’ by default with the option to enable them during the delivery
publishing of a ‘non-public’ URL within the module / unit content area of Brightspace.