A press release from IMC (UK) Learning Ltd. is titled, “University professors failing to embrace the full potential of e-learning.” They refer to their study and highlight a primary point. “Although three quarters (74%) of universities have virtual learning environments (VLE) to support teaching and learning, only 14% of lecturers publish their recorded lectures on them.” Other findings are also identified.

I would like to learn more about this study. What are the reasons for not publishing the lectures? Is it a job security issue where recorded lectures could then be accessed without need for the lecturer? Perhaps the question relates to copyright of the recorded sessions and the lecturer having to give up such rights. Are there other concerns with the lectures being made available, either to students or to the world? Is it a question of technology training needs?

I supported what I referred to as “lectures on demand” in my thesis for the Master of Distance Education (2002), “Participants’ Perceptions of the Effectiveness of a Competency-Based Apprenticeship Program” (pp. 124-127). This was a self-paced environment in which lectures were being given while some students were behind that point and others were ahead. With recorded lectures accessible when needed, the instructor role would still be required. The instructors’ time could be spent responding to specific concerns in a tutorial role. I wonder what other research has been conducted in this area!

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