Getting started with UNSW Lecture Recordings+

Introduction to UNSW Lecture Recordings+

UNSW has enabled staff to record their lectures and share them with their students for their educational benefit for over ten years, under the service name UNSW Lecture Recordings.

The new UNSW Lecture Recordings+ service is powered by a new cloud-based platform - Echo360 ALP. The new platform brings a range of advantages that support engaged learning in lecture-based courses, flipped classrooms and blended learning strategies, which include:

  • Higher quality audio/video playback
  • Increased reliability
  • Lower bandwidth requirements due to new compression algorithms
  • New classroom engagement tools, and analytics

See this quick reference guide:

Lecture recording and playback

Lecture recording, availability and how to view recordings

In accordance with UNSW policy, all lectures timetabled within a lecture recording enabled venue, within the teaching weeks of the semester, are automatically scheduled for recording. 

Conversations held near the podium may be inadvertantly picked up and recorded by the venue microphone or camera equipment. For this reason we strongly recommend leaving the podium area and/or venue, before having a private conversation with any individuals.

In most cases, recordings will be available within a few hours of the lecture. This depends on the length of the lecture and the number of recordings in the queue to be processed.

For a range of reasons, not all instructors choose to share lecture recordings. They may choose to opt-out of lecture recording completely, share lecture recordings only with students who were away sick or are off-campus, or only release lecture recordings prior to the exam period, for revision purposes. Keep in mind that an instructor can choose to remove view/download access to a recording at any time.

Recordings in UNSW Lecture Recordingsenabled rooms will begin 5 minutes after and finish 5 minutes before the scheduled lecture time. This is to allow students to arrive at the venue, and leave for the next lecture.

Lecture recordings are shared through links within your Moodle course. The exact location of the link depends on the instructor. 

To view your lectures:

  1. Open your Moodle course
  2. Click on the UNSW Lecture Recording+link  that your instructor has shared, to view the list of online classrooms.

  3. Enter a classroom by clicking on the lecture title
    • The first square icon next to the lecture date and time, indicates the availability of the recording, and appears green when available 
    • The second square icon indicates the availability of the PowerPoint presentation for the lecture
  4. Once you have entered a classroom, view the recording by using the player controls in the bottom left corner of the screen.

Lecture Recording controls

Buttons/Icons Function
Open the Notes panel
 Open the Discussion panel
 Add a new question to the Discussions panel
 Bookmark a specific slide when displayed during a lecture, and the corresponding time during a lecture recording
 Mark a part of the recording or a specific slide as confusing
 Playback bar. Standard play/pause button for the lecture recording. Use the fast forward/rewind button to adjust the recording by 10 seconds. Click or drag the playback bar to move to that location
 Mute/unmute audio, or hover over the icon and drag the slider to adjust the volume level
 Toggles which video sources are displayed
 Adjust the quality and speed of the playback
 Change the layout of the playback

You can access the Notes, Discussion panel, Bookmark and Confused flag during lectures by clicking on the corresponding icons. Active learning components are discussed in more detail on the Active Learning page.

If the video fails to launch, check that your computer meets the minimum specifications required. You can also consult the contacts page if you experience technical or other issues.

Download lecture recordings

Listen and watch your lecture offline

  1. Access the lecture recordings using the link in your Moodle course.
  2. Navigate to the lecture recordings you want to download and click the Play icon .
  3. From the drop-down menu, click Download Original
    Choose whether you want the lecture recording in Standard Definition or High Definition, then click Download. You can also download an audio-only MP3. 
  4. The recording will be downloaded to the device's Downloads folder. Use a multimedia player like VLC to view the recording.
    You can also download the lecture slides by clicking the Presentation icon , then click Download Original. Additions or changes made by the lecturer to the original presentation such as adding interactive question slides are not part of the download file. Question slides can only be reviewed online inside the Lecture Recordings+ classrooms.


Create digital notes, and download a study guide for offline study

Creating Notes

You can create your own notes and bookmarks at any time through the UNSW Lecture Recordings+ service, before, during and after the lecture. These can be later downloaded for use outside of the platform.

  1. Access the lecture recordings through the link on your Moodle course home page.
  2. Enter the classroom by clicking on the lecture title.
  3. At any point in the lecture, click on the notes icon  to open the notes panel.  
  4. In the notes panel, type your notes as required. By default these will be associated with either a particular time-point of the lecture recording, or a particular slide of the PowerPoint presentation.
  5. You will be able to see and create bookmarks during note taking, for ease of future reference. Bookmarks provide quick access to associated slides and points in the lecture recording. 

Download your Study Guide

If you took notes during a lecture, you have the option of downloading them for review at a later date. This is useful if you intend to study at places with limited access to the UNSW Lecture Recordings+ service, or if you wish to print out a hard copy or study offline.

  1. Access the lecture recordings through the link on your Moodle course page and click Study Guide at the top of the page. 
  2. Click Download. You will be asked to select which notes you want to download.
  3. Use the drop-down menu to select the lecture notes and click Download.
  4. The file will be downloaded to your Downloads folder.

The downloaded notes will retain the slide numbers and timestamps. While bookmarks appear to be in your notes, keep in mind that they do not get downloaded along with your notes. The purpose of bookmarks is to take you directly to a slide or point in the recording when you are reviewing your notes online after the class. Clicking a bookmark will display the slide or play the recording in the Study Guide screen.

For Windows users, open the file using Wordpad instead of Notepad to retain the correct format of the notes. For more information, visit Downloading Notes

Using your personal device in venue

Learn how to connect to UNSW Lecture Recordings+ at the venue

To access and use the UNSW Lecture Recording+ tools for a current lecture,

  1. Bring a compatible personal device to the lecture, such as a laptop or tablet
  2. Connect to the Uniwide WI-fi service, using zID and zPass
  3. Login to UNSW Moodle, and open your course
  4. Click on the UNSW Lecture Recording+ link and open your current lecture
    • See the instructions above

From here you should be able to view the instructor's uploaded PowerPoint, respond to polls or quiz questions or other in-class activities the lecturer uses, make personal notes for later revision against a slide or recording time point, ask and answer questions in the Q&A forum, add bookmarks and flag particular slides/time points for confusion.

It is important to realise that:

  • Not all instructors use the service, so it may not be available within Moodle. Contact your instructor to get details on this. 
  • It is normal to experience initial delays with WI-fi. This should normalise after some time.
  • Not all devices/operating systems and web browsers are created/configured equally. You should test your connection at least once ahead of time.