Recording training videos of equipment usage for forensic chemistry students, and sharing through Course Resources

Samantha-DrakeSamantha Drake. Lecturer in Forensic Science, College of Life and Natural Sciences, University of Derby.

Samantha has flipped! Flipped teaching has entered the educational consciousness over the past few years. Teachers record materials for students to study outside of class so when they meet for lessons or seminars they are already prepped with an idea of what to do, rather than use contact time for demonstrating procedures or explaining material. This leaves more contact time to discuss or practice under the supervision of the expert teacher who can feedback tips or facilitate discussion.

Samantha comments “The practical ran far more smoothly, with fewer initial queries about the lab techniques, than previous years without the videos. It was also great not to have to spend the first half hour or so demonstrating everything in the video – more time efficient and less work for me in the long run as the videos will be used again in future years.”

Samantha used a consumer grade video camera, borrowed from the TEL Media Team, to record for her forensic chemistry students a series of equipment demonstrations and do worked examples of maths question. Titles included “Making a Solution in a Volumetric Flask”, “Amine Calculations”, and “How to do a Titration”.

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Still from How to do a Titration

She then edited and uploaded the videos into Media Gallery, and shared the videos directly into Course Resources for students to watch before coming to lab, and to review afterwards.

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The videos embedded into Course Resources

The cohort comprised 57 students, and as you can see from the statistics of plays the videos were well used.

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Number of plays per video

In conclusion, using some basic commonly available recording equipment, Samantha was able to make her teaching more effective and efficient, and although recording and uploading required some more effort upfront, this will be paid back manifold in future as the resources are reused. Media Gallery is a simple to use video distribution resources which integrates directly into Course Resources and enables staff to create and distribute flipped teaching materials quickly, and directly to students.

 

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