Policy and Strategic Issues in Managing the Flood of Video in Universities
In preparation for an upcoming executive roundtable that my organization, the Coalition for Networked Information, will be conducting at the end of September, I want to lead an exploratory discussion of the issues surrounding the management and preservation of vast amounts of video that are being produced by changes in instructional practices in US higher education — notably, online classes, “flipped” classrooms (online lectures, in-person discussion), reuse of lectures from one class to another, etc.
Depending on how much is kept, and how this is stored, these video materials can represent major costs to the institution. There are also policy questions about how long materials should be kept and who is allowed to access them. I hope that we can also at least briefly explore some of the records management implications of conducting not only classes but meetings of various kinds online (with the ability to capture the recordings).
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Clifford Lynch is the director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and an adjunct professor at the School of Information. Prior to joining CNI in 1997, Lynch spent eighteen years at the University of California Office of the President, the last ten as director of Library Automation. Lynch is a past president of ASIS&T and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Information Standards Organization.