Mediasite Myths

Mediasite represents a drastic change to how media is handle at JCU. Below are a list of common Mediasite Myths which will help explain a few things about the system and its use.

Myth: Mediasite videos can easily go viral or shared on social media

Truth: Unless the creator of a video adjusts the default security settings on a video it cannot be viewed without an active LearnJCU account

Myth: Mediasite rooms are recording 24 hours a day

Truth: Unless the red 'recording' light is lit the devices are not capturing anything

Myth: Captured lectures will be stored indefinitely

Truth: As changes and demands on storage grows it becomes unreasonable to store captured lectures for more than two years. In fact, as storage demands continue to grow it may be necessary to shorten this time period even further to the 6 month minimum required by Queensland Governments University Sector Retention and Disposal Schedule

Myth: Presentations are not subject to Copyright Requirements because they never leave LearnJCU

Truth: They are and it is the responsibility of the lecturer to ensure all presentations recorded in Mediasite complies with JCU copyright policy and guidelines. Check here for a further break down of copyright obligations

Myth:  Content in presentations do not have to be attributed

Truth:  All images, text excerpts, website links, etc. need to be attributed so clearly identify and include the source information.

Myth: Pressing the red button will automatically deliver my recording to my dashboard

Truth: If you lecture hasn’t been scheduled in the timetabling system and you choose to do an AD-HOC recording by pressing the red button you will need to notify the Learning and Teaching Systems team of this. This is done by completing the AD-HOC recording form at

Myth: Anyone can view and edit my videos

Truth: Only JCU staff are able to search 'viewable' videos and only lecturers are able to publish them and then only into LearnJCU subject sites. No one but the owner of a video can edit or make adjustments to a video

Myth: The system is guaranteed to capture a lecture

Truth: Like any system of sufficient complexity it is not perfect and although everything will be done to ensure lectures are captured correctly it is not guaranteed

Myth: Students don't need to physically come to lectures if they are recorded

Truth: Research shows that students use videoed lectures for review purposes.  Although lectures can be viewed online, normally on the same day they are presented, students should be encouraged to attend and enjoy the learning experience. There is much more to learning than watching a video online and it is up to the lecturer to promote attendance and engagement with all learning activities.

Myth: The creator of teaching materials, such as videos, owns that content

Truth: The University owns all intellectual property created by a staff member for the purposes of research, teaching and administration in the course of the staff member’s employment at the University. There are some exceptions to this so it is important that you Read JCU’s Intellectual Property Policy for more detail including clause 3.4

The University does not assert ownership of copyright in teaching materials written by a staff member.  However, by entering employment with the University staff members grant to the University a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive licence to use and adapt their teaching materials.  This licence includes the right to sub-license and to commercially exploit.  The University reserves the right to reach an agreement with a staff member in relation to copyright in teaching materials which varies the terms of this sub-section.