In September 2019 JISC published its report “Digital experience insights survey 2019: findings from students in UK further and higher education” by Mark Langer-Crame, Tabetha Newman, Helen Beetham, Clare Killen and Sarah Knight. In this report the authors provide a detailed picture of how students experience technology as part of their learning in colleges and universities across the UK. Almost 30.000 students from Higher and Further Education described in this survey their attitude towards technologies and their digital learning experiences. From the response we learn a few interesting things about the students’ attitude towards video in their learning. Between 20 and 25 % of students find course-related videos very useful to make their learning interactive and engaging. Surprisingly one of the most popular digital activities for Further Education students was making notes or recordings: over half them said they did this on a weekly basis. The most popular digital activity for Higher Education students was accessing lecture notes or recorded lectures, not less than 5 out of 6 do this on a weekly basis.
This observation reinforces the impression that for HE students lecture recordings are an issue of the highest importance. Students have come to rely on recordings and expect them to be available in good quality, by which they predominantly mean consistent audio quality and rapid availability. The provided digital resources that HE students appreciated for their learning were mainly recorded lectures and other resources associated with lectures, such as slides and notes. While students in general seem to be asking for lecture recording to be standard across departments and courses, a good portion of the student population also refers to the practice of making personal recordings.