35 U.W. Austl. L. Rev. 407 (2010-2011)
On the Record: The Trials and Tribulations of Lecture Recording in Law

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On the Record:
The Trials and Tribulations
of Lecture Recording in Law
SHARON MASCHER* &NATALIE SKEAD**
In 1999, a lecture capture, publication and management system was
developed and implemented by the University of Western Australia. The
system received national recognition as an innovative teaching resource and
has been embraced by many universities across Australia. In the Faculty
of Law at UWA, although lectures are recorded in many units, questions
abound as to the effect this technology has on student learning and skills
development. In first semester 2010, a comprehensive study of the use of
lecture recording technology by both students and teachers in the Faculty of
Law was undertaken. This article describes and analyses the results of this
study with a view to informingfaculty decision-making on the appropriate use
of lecture recording in the teaching and learning of law.
IN recent times web-based lecture technologies ('WBLT'), being 'distributed
recording systems designed to digitally capture face-to-face lectures for web
delivery',' have experienced a dramatic increase in popularity in higher education
institutions. The appeal of WBLT lies in their capacity to provide expanded lecture
delivery options for institutions in an increasingly globalised and competitive
sector2 and flexibility and convenience for students experiencing increasing extra-
curricular commitments.
Professor, Faculty of Law, Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia.
Associate Professors, Faculty of Law, University of Western Australia.
The authors acknowledge the significant, valuable contribution to all aspects of this project
by Dr Jill Howieson, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty of Law, University of
Western Australia and of Shane Rogers, Research Assistant from the Department of Psychology,
University of Western Australia who conducted the statistical analysis for this project.
1.   M McNeill, K Woo, M Gosper, R Phillips, G Preston & D Green, 'Using Web-based Lecture
Technologies: Advice from Students' (Paper presented at HERDSA Annual Conference,
Adelaide, 8-11 July, 2007) 2.
2.   M Fardon, 'Internet Streaming of Lectures: A Matter of Style (Paper presented at EDUCAUSE
in Australasia Conference, Adelaide, 6-9 May, 2003); R Phillips, M Gosper, M McNeill, K Woo,
G Preston & D Green, 'Staff and Student Perspectives on Web Based Lecture Technologies:
Insights into the Great Divide' (Paper presented at the ASCILITE Conference, Singapore, 2-5
December 2007) 854.

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