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IBLC11-Abstract-Enhancing Learning through Technology Student Vidcasts to Enhance Student Learning and Employability: A Case Study

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Nannayi Dakat
13 May 2011

Author: Dr Caroline Lohmann-Hancock

Abstract:

Webster and Murphy (cited in Kwan, Fox & Chan, 2008: 1) acknowledge that although technology enhanced learning is desirable but must be accompanied by ‘innovative pedagogical approaches which enable collaboration’ and ‘communication’ for students. Until recently the use of video/vidcasts has been associated with media students or by lecturing staff ‘capturing lecturing material’ (Davis, 2009: 451).

This research explores how to engage non-media undergraduates in the process of making group vidcasts documentaries linked to final year assessment. Rea and Irving (2010: 41) suggest that even ‘student producers’ need to be aware of ‘industry’ standards and strategies by engaging with ‘real life’ situations. Engaging with digital technology and editing software at times can be ‘abstract’ and lack purpose; through the use of vidcasts as a form of assessment this developed a ‘need to learn’ (Oliver & Goerke 2007: 176-186). Mat’s (2000) suggests that the use of ICT is a ‘powerful tool’ and the educator’s role is to develop learning opportunities which ‘integrate(s) technology’ in the ‘process of teaching and learning’ and assessment. Students were asked to take responsibility as a group for planning; assigning tasks and roles within the group, recording attendance and a reflective diary that linked the reality of working on a vidcast documentary to achieve ‘genuine collaboration’ (Hartley, Woods & Pill, 2005: 67). This ensured engagement and ownership of the curriculum through ‘students’ becoming agents of change within a constructivist paradigm (Gardner, 2006: 186; Solomon, 1999: 255).

The findings of this research indicates that students not only applied theory to practice and became engaged learners but they also acquired a range of skills associated with employability, for example using video cameras and editing software, managing a project, leadership skills, team work, ‘production schedules, production meetings, delegating responsibility’ and interviewing the public (Rea and Irving, 2010: 41).

Keywords: vidcast, student engagement, employability, student reflection

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