The ELDT is based in the Harry Fairhurst Building, part of the University Library, so we are right in the heart of revision territory. As such, we wanted to point out some of the ways that Replay can help you revise. Whether you revise alone or in study groups, we’ve compiled our top four ways that lecture captures can help you out. Replay uses Echo360, so our advice takes advantage of some of the tools available on this platform. Each of our suggestions has a YouTube video to show you how it works. You can provide feedback on Replay at http://bit.ly/replay-fb and we’d like to know whether Replay has helped your revision. Tweet using #yorkreplay.
Lecture captures for revision
Use the Bookmarks tool to make notes whilst watching a lecture. Bookmarks are linked to the point in the lecture where you create them. This means you can jump back to specific parts direct from the bookmarks list within recordings and within module EchoCenters. If you are creating Bookmarks with key notes, remember to make a copy somewhere else as the Replay recordings are only kept online for the subsequent academic year and you will also lose access when you leave the University.
2. Slide thumbnails
We’ve had a few comments from students that it’s difficult to scroll through the recording to find the right slide. If you use the Scenes tool, you can click the slide thumbnails which will jump the recording straight to the bit you want to watch.
3. Group revision
If you find revision in study groups a useful way to structure your revision and address common problems, you can use the Discussion tool within Replay to flag up questions or key points within the lecture recording. Posts are shared to everyone on the module, but no emails are sent so it’s best to establish how you will use the tool when working with others on your module first. As with Bookmarks, the notes you add to Replay will be lost at the end of the subsequent academic year and when you leave the University. Copy any key points to your own notes.
4. Playback speed
One of the great strengths of lecture capture is the ability to control the pace of the lecture. Most students will do this by pausing throughout in order to make notes, or replaying certain parts. You can also use the Playback Speed tool to slow down or speed up watching the lecture. This is useful if you want to go over a process slower, or if you want to speed-watch in order to make sure you’ve captured all the salient points in your own notes.