How I record my lectures

Each year as I teach my undergraduate virology course, I record each lecture and put them online where they are freely accessible. You can find the 2013 lectures here at virology blog and on iTunes U. The complete 2012 course lectures are also available (virology blog and iTunes). And don’t forget Virologia en Español, a translation of my 2012 lectures. Apple announced Thursday that over 1 billion lectures have been downloaded from iTunes U, and I’m pleased to have contributed – my 2012 virology course has over 75,000 subscribers!

A student in my virology course approached me recently to thank me for making the lectures available online, and wondered why other professors did not so the same. To help out my teaching colleagues, I have prepared a brief video tutorial on how I record my lectures. As always I am happy to respond to questions:

I believe that professors should share their courses online free of charge. Such distribution is not likely to impact enrollment – indeed if the courses are great, it will encourage enrollment – and will help educate everyone, which is always a good outcome. So check out my video and start recording!

11 thoughts on “How I record my lectures”

  1. Mr.Vencent,Thank you for making the lectures available online. So I can learn this interesting lecture. I come from China. I see your open class occationally. It is great.

  2. Dorian McILROY

    Thanks for this video tutorial. I am in two minds about giving it a try though.

    I agree it must be extremely useful for students on the course to have the lectures available in case they want to check a point they may have misunderstood or misheard.

    On the other hand, I don’t know whether I want everyone on the web to know how bad my lectures are!

  3. You should put your lecture online – it will make you improve them! I know I give my lectures knowing that the world is listening, and I try to improve them each year.

  4. Dorian McILROY

    You’re right, of course. I should try to use the recording as a motivational tool for myself. It’s too late for this year, as my virology lectures for the semester have already finished, but I will try with my general microbiology lectures next autumn.

  5. Kelly Williams

    Hi Mr. Vincent its great that you have learned to record your lectures since its more convenient that way so there is an easy way for you to backtrack your lessons and your students as well can check on your previous lessons for further reference.

  6. Dear Vincent,
    I did record my General Microbiology lectures last semester, and the feedback I got from students was very positive. I’ll be doing the same with my Virology lectures in a couple of weeks. I need to find a way to record the diagrams that I draw out on the board from time to time, though. Any tips?

  7. Yes, thanks! I hope that recording all talks becomes standard practice in academia. It’s such a shame for carefully prepared lectures and conference talks to disappear forever like an ice sculpture.

  8. I completely agree with this article, recording and transcribing lectures can improve retention and success for all types of students.

    Lecture transcription is an effective studying and teaching tool for Students and professors at schools and universities. Many a times it becomes difficult for students to understand the lecture with the same pace as it is taught. is the best solution to this, when you get your lectures transcribed you need not worry about what you are missing out in class.

  9. Very informative article. Students may find it difficult to follow the class lectures always. Recording is a good practice. However, without transcribing the recorded lectures it is useless.

    We understand: life in the fast lane can be hard. is the best solution for your audio blues. Students should spend time studying, and not hunched over a keyboard.

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