Audio Record Lectures

Audio recording lectures is an accommodation available to students who qualify through the interactive process with their access specialist. 

Students when meeting with their instructors to review their access plans, should discuss how they intend to record lectures. Will they use their phone, laptop, or a digital recorder? Will the student use a specific app? Students can contact their CAS Access Specialist to discuss recording options. 

Audio Recording Lectures - Where to Begin?

Where to begin? 

With so many choices available to use for audio recording a lecture, it is important to look for an option that will work for you.

Questions to Ask. 

  • What device?
  • How do I store the recordings?
  • Can I organize lecture recordings to play back throughout the semester?

Select a device.

  • You already bring your smartphone to class. Try the phone's built-in recorder. 
  • If you bring a laptop to class, try the computer's built-in recorder. 
  • Purchasing a digital recorder will enable you to easily store and organize your lectures. 
  • Then there are recording apps beyond count. 

What is important to look for? 

  • Sound quality
  • Ease of use
  • Ease of retrieval  
  • Storage ability

Tips for Audio Recording Lectures

  • Sit near the instructor. 
  • Test the sound quality of the selected recording option.
  • Find your microphone. Make sure your mic is not covered and is facing in the direction of the speaker. 
  • If using a smartphone to record, switch to airplane mode so your recording is not interupted.. 
  • Title each recording for easy retrieval. Include the class, date and topic. Example Biology111-8-23-Cell Structure.
  • Store recordings on your phone or your computer. 
  • Organize lectures into folders for each class. 
  • Select a specific day and time to relisten to audio recordings of your lectures. 

Student Responsibilities When Audio Recording Lectures

  • Recordings of lectures are for a CAS student's personal use only. 
  • CAS students understand that if a lecture evolves into a class discussion, that is not part of the assessment information, then pausing the recording would be appropriate, until the lecture continues. 


Audio Recording Options

PLEASE NOTE: CAS does not endorse the following list of options over other options. This is a small list of the options and apps available for smart phones, and computers. CAS cannot be responsible for information changes but will do our best to stay up to date with recording options.



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iPhone Built In Recording

iPhone - Voice Memo

  • Free
  • offers recording, editing, syncing, speed adjustments, sharing, and more

Android - Built-In app differs depending on the phone manufacturer.

  • Free
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Easy Voice Recorder App Logo
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  • Provides a live transcript of lectures
  • Capture your thoughts, ideas as you walk or drive to classes
  • Free version that provides 600 minutes per month, each month
  • Paid version 
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  • Use in class or for online learning 
  • Collect audio recordings, text notes and slides in one place
  • Quickly navigate audio recordings to locate important information 
  • Become an active learner in class 
  • to begin using to to GLEAN
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Microsoft OneNote

  • Audio record lectures with sound being linked to your notes
  • Organize all your notes in one place
  • Able to import/insert documents and pictures
  • Use highlighters to annotate notes
  • Access your notes from any device or operating system
  • Free to Radford Students
  • To start using go to Microsoft OneNote


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Google Recorder App

Google Recorder 

  • Free
  • Available on iPhone, Android, Windows and Mac.
  • Transcribes recordings to text. 
  • Creates searchable recordings.  


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  • Real-time transcription of Google Meet, Zoom, MS Teams and Webex.
  • Free and for purchase options available.
  • Includes speaker identification, save chats, highlighting.



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