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Web lectures

A web lecture is a recording of a presentation, a lecture, or workshop that can be viewed online after it has taken place. This recording consists of a combination of video, sound, and PowerPoint/Prezi slides. The basic principle behind web lectures at Leiden University is that they should serve as a reference and are only intended for students in the relevant course.

Creating a web lecture

Web lectures provide students with the option to review whole or partial lectures at their own pace. As such, web lectures function as an additional tool in the students’ arsenal, enabling them to study the lecture material in greater detail.

Web lectures can be beneficial for students, but also have the potential to encourage inefficient study behaviour. If you would you like to use a web lecture in your course, please follow the guidelines below on how to do this effectively. If you would like to create knowledge clips or are interested in a flipped classroom model, please contact your ICT & Education coordinator.

  1. Think about whether web lectures could provide additional support for your courses and how they could be used. You determine the availability period of your web lectures, provided that this does not conflict with the Course and Examination Regulations.
  2. Be sure to create a secure learning environment by consciously considering whether you intend to record all, some, or none of your lectures. Recording lectures may discourage students from asking questions or sharing personal experiences. Let students know ahead of time that a lecture will be recorded and explain how this will be made available.
  3. Please take into consideration that the interactive elements of lectures may not translate well to a web lecture and it may even be better to remove them from the recordings. Examples of this include working directly with the material in a research methods course or other active formats such as debate or peer instruction. For the sake of clarity in the recordings, it is recommended that you repeat any questions asked during the original lecture. Finally, take into account that anything you refer to with a pointer, such as a laser pointer, will most likely not be visible in a recording.
  4. Explain to students how they can use web lectures to study efficiently. Research on the use of web lectures generally indicates improved levels of student satisfaction, but a clear connection to study success has yet to be found. This could be explained by inefficient study methods among some students.
  5. Bear copyright in mind when using web lectures. Web lectures containing copyrighted materials fall under the scope of the agreement with the PRO Foundation, which means that the maximum time periods for use and the number of images and figures used for texts also apply to web lectures. See the Copyright for teachers page for more information or contact the Copyright Information Office of the Leiden University Libraries.

The provisions for creating web lectures and the application procedure may vary per faculty. You can find more information on your faculty’s web lecture provisions under your faculty tab. 

In some of the larger lecture halls at the Bio Science Park, lectures can be recorded with the built-in camera. In some of the halls it’s even possible to manually operate the camera, for instance to make the notes on blackboards clearly visible in the recordings.

In which rooms can weblectures be recorded

Lecture hall Camera operation possible?
Gorlaeus C1 Yes
Gorlaeus C2 Yes
Gorlaeus C3 Yes
Gorlaeus C4-5 Yes
Huygens 211 No (not necessary for good visibility of the blackboard)
Huygens/Oort Sitterzaal Yes
Sylvius 1.5.31 No
Van Steenis F104 No
Van Steenis E004 No

What do I need to do as a lecturer

The recordings (also known as weblectures) will be scheduled upon request and will start and stop automatically on the required time. Please make sure to use the microphone during the lecture, even if you don’t seem to need it for the audibility in the room. When answering questions from your audience, repeat them first so it’s clear for viewers what you are replying to. When using an Apple laptop, please connect it with the VGA-input on the desk to ensure the correct recording of input from the laptop.

How can students view the recordings

The applicant will receive a confirmation with a link via which the recordings will become available after the lecture is finished. This link can be made available to students via Blackboard. The default setting is that weblectures can only be viewed by logging in with a ULCN-account. Another possibility is for only people enrolled in the Blackboard course to be able to view the recordings. If you have questions about more strict access or public viewability, please contact the colleagues from Support E-learning and Educational Development for Science (SEEDS) via seeds@science.leidenuniv.nl.

Request a recording

Please request your weblecture(s) using the form ‘Aanvraagformulier-Opname_en_camerabediening.xls’ which you can find on this page and send it at least 5 working days ahead of the first recording date to av-fwn@ufb.leidenuniv.nl. If you request manual camera operation please allow 10 working days for handling.

Camera operation

Scheduling and securing weblectures is provided by the faculty at no additional costs. Unfortunately camera operation is not included in the standard service, so in case of a request for camera operation make sure to state a SAP-number which can be billed for the labour costs. The rates for camera operation are (price statement of 13-3-2019):

Unit Price (excl 21% VAT)
Per hour (week days) € 37,-
Per hour (evenings / weekends) € 44,25
Per day (week days) € 250,-
Per day (weekends) € 300,-

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