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Following a number of months of lobbying, student representatives have persuaded both the Law and Philosophy departments to adopt an opt-out framework on Lecture Capture.
At the forefront was Thomas Ron, Academic Officer for YUSU. Sharing news of the success on his Facebook page, Ron enthused "This is a major step forward and as BoS meetings come around we hope to be seeing more departments take this trend forward."
Departments are being encouraged to adapt to the opt-out framework so students can listen back to their lectures. Lecture Capture technology benefits those who may have missed lectures due to illness or would like a reminder of the content covered.
The online resource is a quick and easy point of reference, especially for those looking to specialise in specific research material.
The opt-out ruling replaces the standard opt-in framework, by which it is assumed lectures will not be recorded. For most departments lecturers may be recorded if they so wish.
The change means all lectures conducted by the cooperating departments will be recorded unless the lecturer specifically chooses not to be.
Capitalising on his success, Ron has set his sights on implementing the framework University-wide. Since announcing that both Law and Philosophy have adopted the framework, Ron has indicated his enthusiasm to have others follow suit, which he insisted "won't happen without student buy in". He continues to encourage students to play an active role in their departments, whether that be by attending Staff Student Forums or engaging with student reps.
Ron told Nouse "We are very supportive about the decisions [...] I think that Dom Smithies and Lydia Bonnefoy-Jenkinson (Department Reps for Philosophy and Law respectively) deserve a huge amount of credit for their hard work in making this happen.
"These are not the only discussions that will be happening. All science and social science departments that do not have this system are going to be actively discussing it as are many Arts and Humanities departments, so I have very high hopes that a majority of the University will move to the opt-out system by the end of the year."
It is due to students taking action that this change has been implemented.
Concluding a recent plea for student lobbying, Ron insisted "with your voice, your Department WILL change for the better".