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TDDD38 Advanced Programming in C++

Recording sessions

Me and Klas (the examiner) have in general decided that we do not want any sessions to be recorded, neither physical nor digital. We have several reasons for this:

  1. We strive for interaction. One-way communication channels are not optimal for understanding. We want students to engage in the lecture by asking questions, asking to repeat things, and so on. For this to happen smoothly we need as many people as possible to attend the lectures. We also pose several questions to you, the students, during lectures which we do to check that what has been covered was understood. This is important for the students, but also for the teachers since we want to ensure quality in our teachings, which we cannot do if we don't get interaction.
  2. Procrastination. A lot of people (us included) have a tendency to postpone things we aren't motivated to do right now. For example watching a lecture that has already been recorded. It is too easy to think "I don't have the energy right now, I'll do it later when I'm studying for the exam". We want to create as much incentive as possible to actually put in work towards the course during the whole term. If the lectures are recorded there is a risk that a lot of students don't attend the lectures at all: because they can just watch them later. If that happens, everyone loses (see point above).
  3. Stagnation in development of the course. Even if the attendance is good for the year when the lectures are recorded it is still possible that the recorded lectures are shared with the students who take the course later years. If that happens then all the problems mentioned above will be applicable to every year after that. This makes it a lot harder for us teachers to motivate students to attend the lectures, and this can go on for years.
  4. Legality. If we record the lectures we will have to edit the video clips. Due to legal reasons we cannot publish material where we mention names, hear peoples voices (if students for example ask questions), see their faces (some students have their cameras active) and other things that might identify indivdual students (there are rules regarding this both from LiU and GDPR). This means a lot of extra time and effort for us teachers. This time and effort would be better used to actually help students by answering questions, developing the course material etc. Of course, this would be impossible for us to control if we allowed other students to record the lectures.

    Even if we record the lectures as-is and publish them to closed channles (such as Lisam), this might still be detrimental for the interactivity of the lectures since some students might not want to appear on the recording and hold their questions because of this.

So if you miss a session the general answer is: no, we will not record the lectures for you, and no your friend may not record the lecture for you. Compare it to a physical lecture: if you miss it, you will have to catch up by reading the slides and asking questions to the teachers.

Page responsible: Christoffer Holm
Last updated: 2021-09-01