Audio Recording - Faculty

Audio Recording - Faculty

Information for Faculty

Students who are eligible for an audio recording accommodation may choose to audio record class lectures. This page outlines the technology students may use to do so, as well as guidelines for recording class content.

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Audio Recorder vs. SmartPen

Students can go about audio recording a lecture a few different ways. The first is to use a traditional audio recording device. This device is only used for audio recording, and the student can then download the recording to their computer, or listen to it from the device. (insert picture)

The second is to use a SmartPen. A SmartPen is a device that, when used with the correct paper, will record what it writes and pairs those notes with any audio it has recorded. Students can choose to just record audio, or also take notes with the SmartPen. (insert picture)

Appropriate Uses for Audio Recording

Students may record any lecture or lab material that may be included on an exam. However, faculty members have the option of establishing some reasonable limits related to recording lectures in order to protect students’ privacy. It is not appropriate to record when personal information is being shared by classmates.

Students are only permitted to record lecture when they are physically in the classroom. Students are not permitted to give the recorder to classmates or instructors and have them record the content for them.

For more information about the laws surrounding audio recording, see our guide on obtaining contents of communications.

FAQ:

What do I do if a student wants to audio record while they are not in the classroom?

  • Students are only permitted to record lecture when they are physically in the classroom. Students are not permitted to give the recorder to classmates or instructors and have them record the content for them.

What do I do if a student wants to record a private conversation?

  • Students may record any lecture or lab material that may be included on an exam. However, faculty members have the option of establishing some reasonable limits related to recording lectures in order to protect students’ privacy. It may not be appropriate to record when personal information is being shared by classmates.

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