I use Tegrity to record short little snippits while at my desk or at home. But if you’re one of the many who record lectures live, in front of your class, please keep reading.
I recently ran across a list of best practices and it suggested (more like required) that you tell your students that the class is being recorded. I checked with our VP of HR and Legal Affairs and she provided me with this:
All parties generally must consent to the interception or recording of any private communication, whether conducted by telephone, telegraph, radio or face-to-face, to comply with state law. Wash. Rev. Code § 9.73.030. The all-party consent requirement can be satisfied if “one party has announced to all other parties engaged in the communication or conversation, in any reasonably effective manner, that such communication or conversation is about to be recorded or transmitted.” In addition, if the conversation is to be recorded, the requisite announcement must be recorded as well. Wash. Rev. Code § 9.73.030.
A party is determined to have consented to recording if he is aware that the recording is taking place. Washington v. Modica, 149 P.3d 446 (Wash. Ct. App. 2006).
Consent to recording of real-time conversation using online discussion software is implicit because participants know the conversations will be recorded on the other party’s computer. Washington v. Townsend, 20 P.3d 1027 (Wash. Ct. App. 2001).
You really really really should (must?) tell students you are recording your lectures AND record yourself telling your students. Saying something like this, after each recording starts, would work:
We are recording all class sessions this semester to allow you to utilize this recording as an additional academic tool to hopefully further your success in this course.