Recording Your Lectures

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As instructors continue to support students with our return to in-person teaching and learning, Zoom or Teams recordings help to support academic continuity for students who might otherwise miss a class due to illness or self-isolation requirements.   

Zoom and Teams have been popular with instructors to support remote and hybrid teaching during the pandemic, and instructors continue to use these tools to deliver courses and create resources for students. 

Both platforms make the recording process simple, and the recording can be shared with students in a variety of ways. If you have used Zoom or Teams to deliver a course remotely, then the process will already be very familiar to you. 

Create a Simple Lecture Recording Step-By-Step

The basic process for creating a simple lecture recording is as follows: 

  1. Select a Web Conferencing platform (e.g., Zoom or Teams). 
  2. Create a meeting in that platform and join as the host. 
  3. Share a screen or window in that meeting (e.g., what is being projected to the class). 
  4. Begin the recording, conduct your lecture, and end the recording when your class is finished. 
  5. Share the recording (e.g., via CourseLink’s Content tool). 

Recording Synchronous Lectures

When recording a live lecture for the purpose of providing it as a resource to students, there is usually no need for students to join the meeting. Instead, only the instructor joins the meeting, making it a “meeting of 1” where they can record their voice, slides, and screen shares while performing their lecture in the classroom. While this works well, there are some limitations to keep in mind: 

  • Audio will be recorded from your computer microphone, which will not have much range. As such, try to stay near the computer while speaking and avoid walking-and-talking. 
  • Video of yourself is optional but can be recorded using your computer’s webcam, requiring you to stay in frame during the lecture.
  • Any breaks or pauses during the class will be included in the recording unless it is paused.
  • If you take questions during the class, the audio will not be picked up by your computer’s microphone very well. It is recommended that you try to repeat the question back for the recording.

Resources for Using Zoom and Teams

Information and resources specific to recording on both platforms is available belowIf you need support determining which web conferencing technology to use or other technological considerations, please complete our Consultation Request Form to set up a meeting with one of our instructional technology specialists.



Options for Recording Asynchronous Lectures  

If you are recording a lecture specifically for asynchronous delivery (not delivered live students), then either Zoom or Teams can still be used; however, there is an additional option available in PowerPoint that you may wish to consider.

Voice over PowerPoint Resources

File Sharing Options and Posting to CourseLink  

Once your recording is complete, you will need to share it with your students. There are various options available such as directly linking to a Zoom cloud recording, posting to OneDrive, uploading to Stream, etc.

Once the file has been stored in the desired location and shared, you may then post a link to that recording to CourseLink.