Audio Recording Lectures

In order to receive an accommodation for audio recordings, a student must have clear documentation identifying the disability for which audio recording is recommended.  Conditions that affect language, working memory, vision, attention and auditory processing will benefit from a use of an audio-recording device.  Recording lectures helps ensure that the student will not miss information and can fully participate in the class. The right to equitable experience outweighs the privacy rights of other students. Human Rights tribunals have ruled on the issue of audio recordings.

Audio recording encourages independence, skill development and active learning.  Supported by recordings, students develop note taking skills and confidence. They are more likely to retain information. Our experience is that they are less likely to be absent from class.

All students who are authorized to record classes as an accommodation sign an agreement which limits the use of these recordings. The recordings are for the student’s temporary personal academic use and may not be shared or distributed in any manner.  If we become aware that they have misused the audio recording they will face conduct consequences and can have this accommodation removed.

 If there are portions of a class where a Professor/ Instructor would typically stop all students from making notes, this stipulation may be applied to students with a disability and recording of these portions of a class may be disallowed. If other students are free to take notes, student’s with recording as an accommodation must be allowed.  

Why not just get the student a note taker?

In this remote environment, there is less likelihood that we will find a skilled note taker. We are creating a vulnerability in that the note taker could become ill or not be able to connect to the video.   Each note taker must be compensated for taking notes at a rate of $200 per course.  

Don’t I have a right to refuse recordings in my class? 

The University of Lethbridge Academic Staff Collective Agreement Ratified June 18, 2019

11.02.9 Other Rights

(iii) rule on the use by students of recording devices in the classroom, laboratory, or analogous learning situation, subject to reasonable accommodation of student needs and recognizing that both the Board and the Members have an obligation to accommodate students with disabilities.

How do students record my lectures?

Students may use a personal device, recorder or Smart Pen. For eligible students, we recommend use of a smart pen as it provided time stamped recordings that interface with special notebooks, provide an interactive experience.

Why allow note takers for some students?

Note taker services are used by students who are deaf, hard of hearing or have mobility issues which physically prevent or restrict their ability to take notes independently.