The best way to learn from a recorded lecture
Before you watch the recordingFirstly choose when and where you are going to watch the recording. Did you know that your brain is at its most receptive two hours after you wake up (Hull University, 2020). Although it might be tempting to watch the recording in bed, it is usually best to sit at a table or desk so you can easily take notes.
Now is also the time to have a quick read of your notes from the previous lecture and do any preparatory reading outlined in your reading list or by your lecturer.
During the recording
To keep you focused
Ask the people you live with not to disturb you during the recording
Turn off the notifications on the device you are using so you are tempted to look at incoming emails, updates etc
Put your phone in another room
Making notes during the recording is important to your learning, it keeps your active and engagement with what is being said. Here a few handy tips for making notes in a recorded session that you might not of considered.
You can paused the recording at any point to allow you to look something up of make more detailed notes
You can take screen shots. this can be very handy to capture any slides used
Make use of time stamps. If you feel an important point is being made then make a note of the time in the recording so you can go back to it if needed.
If you have a number of recordings to watch make sure to take a break in between. Get up, stretch your legs and give your eyes a break from looking at a screen.
The day after
One of the best ways to consolidate your learning is to revisit your notes the next day, but don't just read through them, be active. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Highlight key points and phrases
Convert any written notes into a mind map
Condense your writing into bullet points
Use different coloured pens to annotate your notes
Try any methods that gets your to actively engage with what you have written.
Learning in an online lecture or webinar has some distinct differences from learning in a classroom. It’s very easy to become a viewer, similar to when you watch a film or tv program but it is important to remain engaged and participate when appropriate. The level of participation may vary.
Check your tech. Check the link you have been sent to join the meeting, do you need to download anything? Check your microphone and camera. If you are using your camera, check your background. Find a suitable location at a table or desk. Although your bed might be comfy, is it the best place to study?
Be prepared. Have all the equipment you need to take notes, whether that be pen and paper or electronically. If the session is being recorded them you have to option to make notes later at a later date so you can fully concentrate on the session live.
Be patient. Sometimes there can be a time lag between participants. If you ask a question in the chat box or use the raise hand button, it might take the presenter a moments to see it.
Participate. Be ready ask or answer questions, do group work or take part in a quiz. Although you are watching a screen you are not a passive viewer you should be an active member of the session.
Video and microphone
You may be asked to turn off your camera and microphone for sessions that have lots of people in them, this is to avoid any distractions from the main speaker.
In Microsoft teams you can turn your microphone or camera off by clicking on the appropriate buttons at the bottom of the call screen (if your are using an iPad and the buttons don’t appear, simply tap the bottom half of your screen).
If you need to ask a question or communicate something to the group you can use the chat function or the raise hand button.
In Microsoft Teams you can access the raise hand button by clicking on the three dots in the call menu (see above). Then select “Raise my hand”.
The chat box appears in the top right of the screen in Microsoft Teams as a speech bubble.
You might be required to ask or answer questions, participate in group discussions orto answers polls or quizzes so it’s important to be ready to participate.
You have so many methods of note taking available to you.
If you want advice on how to take notes then you might like our guide to note taking.
This can be seen as the traditional method for taking notes. obvious advantages are that it is pretty low tech and can be done anywhere but there are some drawbacks. If you have a lots of notes then will start to amass lots of paper. For many people this can be both hard to organise and cumbersome to carry around. so what are the advantages of going digital?
OneNote is available as part of your Future Facing Learning Toolkit. Here are some instructional videos on how to use it.
Many of your lectures may now be recorded using panopto for you to rewatch. These will be made available through your Blackboard module.
There are two scenarios where audio recording might be a great option.
Here a is short video of how to add audio clips to you notes using OneNote.
Word, PowerPoint and Excel
If you want to save to your OneDrive on your iPad from Word, PowerPoint or Excel.
The following mind mapping apps available from Apps Anywhere may be useful when planning your work.
Please note that most apps are only available on Windows operating systems.
Inspiration supports users in organising their ideas graphically with diagrams, outlines and mind maps. It helps to develop critical thinking, planning and organisational skills during learning.
Xmind is a mind mapping and brainstorming software. It can be used to capture ideas, clarify thinking, manage complex information, and promote team collaboration.
It supports mind maps, fishbone diagrams, tree diagrams, organization charts, spreadsheets, etc. Normally, it is used for knowledge management, meeting minutes and task management. Meanwhile, XMind can save to Evernote.
There are many ways to make your devices more accessible. This page offers sources of guidance and useful apps that may be useful in your studies.
Disability Services offer advice on learning support apps.
The Global Accessibility Reporting Intiative (GARI) website also has a list of useful applications.
You can filter or limit these by support for hearing / speech / vision / cognition.
The British Dyslexia Association also has a useful list of accessibility applications that may benefit a wide range of users and not just those with Dyslexia.