Enhancing the student learning experience through the use of technology

The Derby Business School and the TEL Team have worked together to create and showcase an effective practice of student partnerships, by enhancing the student learning experience with technology. Creation of digital materials supply staff and students with the potential to expand their learning opportunities within both teaching and learning.

Nick Turner, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, has been running a student assessment on the Marketing Fundamentals module to create an infographic based around a company. Assessments of this kind give students the opportunity to develop their digital skills and capabilities that they can effectively apply in their future careers. Nick has been running this assessment for a few years, however feedback suggested that “students felt that not enough time had been spent discussing the infographic – both in terms of creating the content, style and the actual technical mechanics”.

Therefore, following this feedback Nick decided he needed to create some help guides for future students. A colleague suggested he create a short video screen capture of how to create the infographic, so he contacted the TEL team who suggesting getting a student involved. A student who has been through the assessment process and performed well could explain the process and how they resolved any issues that they came across. Danni Jupp, year 1 student in BSc (Hons) in Marketing (Consumer Psychology), was happy to create this video and with the help from Nick and the TEL Media Team she created a great source for her fellow students. This peer-to-peer learning meant they could share their knowledge, ideas and experience with others.

Peer learning can offer academics the efficiency of bringing an enhancement to the students’ learning in a time-effective and scalable process. This example of students creating and sharing resources as part of their studies is a great example of practice within the programme (Enhanced (Gold) Level, Element 1.1 in the Digital Practice Programme Baselines.

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The final video has been used in seminars/lectures as well as embedded into the course module. Alison Lawson, Head of Division, Marketing and Operations, has stated “This is completely BRILLIANT. It shows how simple it is to put this assignment together as long as you have the facts at your fingertips. The skills development is immense in terms of research, lateral thinking, design awareness, IT skills and presentation skills. Fabulous”

Just over 100 students are enrolled on the marketing fundamentals course, with half of them having access to this video during their assessment process. The other half had already created the infographic the semester before.

Student feedback suggests that they all found it useful, with over 60% viewing it more than once throughout the process. Their responses suggested that it gave them an “indication as to how images and writing can be combined”, especially “step-by-step using PowerPoint” to create the infographic.

Students could work independently and remotely, and were able to relate to the process as the video was created by a student who had previously completed the work. They also thought that this gave it “a better perspective” of what was needed, making it a “simple video and very easy to understand”.

This project has highlighted how technology use not only produced a positive student learning experience with the principle benefits of peer to peer learning are also upheld.

If any other academic staff would like to include the video within their teaching for a module it is available via the Shared Repository. Please contact your Media Adviser if you would like any further assistance with this.

If you would like any further help or guidance with using Media Gallery and the Shared Repository, see the guides below or contact the TEL Media team at tel@derby.ac.uk

What’s Hot on BoB: Leading the Global Kawaii Generation!

This week’s What’s Hot on BoB  captures the essence of the Tokyo’s fabulous pop-culture in ‘Kawaii’ style. Everything Kawaii followers worldwide want to know can be found here! Today’s topic: Leading the Global Kawaii Generation!

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About BoB

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) lets you record any TV and radio programme from over 60 UK and international channels. Clips can be embedded directly into Course Resources or shared with a link. All staff and students have access to BoB at: www.bobnational.net. Visit www.derby.ac.uk/bob for guides and information.

Using BoB is easy. Find out how to find, record and embed a TV or radio show into Course Resources in five minutes.

What’s Hot on BoB: Das Schicksal der Kinder von Aleppo

This week’s What’s Hot on BoB is a German documentary on a family of refugees fleeing from Aleppo to Germany, and their life in a foreign country.

Deutschland 2016 Am schlimmsten für Hala Qasmo ist es, morgens den Kaffee allein zu trinken. Ohne ihren Mann. In einem fremden Land, ihrer neuen Heimat Deutschland. Sie hat mit ihm und vier Kindern in Aleppo direkt an der Front des Bürgerkriegs gelebt. Der Filmemacher Marcel Mettelsiefen dokumentierte 2013 das Leben der Familie im Film “Die Kinder von Aleppo” und wurde mit dem Emmy Award und dem Grimme-Preis ausgezeichnet. Buch/Autor: Marcel Mettelsiefen Kamera: Marcel Mettelsiefen

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About BoB

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) lets you record any TV and radio programme from over 60 UK and international channels. Clips can be embedded directly into Course Resources or shared with a link. All staff and students have access to BoB at: www.bobnational.net. Visit www.derby.ac.uk/bob for guides and information.

Using BoB is easy. Find out how to find, record and embed a TV or radio show into Course Resources in five minutes.

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.

 

What’s Hot on BoB: People and Power – Under Russia’s Fist

This week’s What’s Hot on BoB is from Al Jazeera’s English channel. People & Power investigates the horrifying consequences for civilians under Russian airstrikes in Syria.

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About BoB

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) lets you record any TV and radio programme from over 60 UK and international channels. Clips can be embedded directly into Course Resources or shared with a link. All staff and students have access to BoB at: www.bobnational.net. Visit www.derby.ac.uk/bob for guides and information.

Using BoB is easy. Find out how to find, record and embed a TV or radio show into Course Resources in five minutes.

Digi Know: Structuring your content using Blackboard Learning Elements

Blackboard Learning Elements provide a neat way of presenting content in Course Resources in a way that is easy for students to navigate. Content items are presented as pages such that students can go directly to a particular page they want and they can also use the arrows to move from one page to the next. Sequential viewing can be enforced if necessary from the options e.g. if students have to complete a particular activity before they move on to the next resource.

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Fig 1. 2 Learning Elements

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Fig 2. Table of Contents of the Learning Element with page 1 displayed showing an Item

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Fig 3. Page 4 of the Learning Element showing an Image

Creating Learning Elements can easily be done in Course Resources (Blackboard) via Build Content and selecting Learning Element.

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Fig 4. How to create a Learning Element in Course Resources (Blackboard)

Once the Learning Element has been created, click on it and add the different learning resources directly into it, e.g. items, files, images, videos, etc.

How to create videos with mobile devices

Clipboard02Creating video on phones or tablets is really simple, but it’s also easy to make mistakes that make your video less effective than it could be.

However the cameras in Phones and iPads are so good these days that with the right skills they can be used to make documentaries and even TV commercials!

As part of Digital Derby, a institutional wide project led by Learning Enhancement, the TEL Media team have created a site to help staff and students create great video with media devices. Mobile Video Creation gives you professional tips on avoiding common mistakes, and advice on how to plan, edit and finish your videos to give them that extra polish that shows off your ideas in the best possible way.

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What’s Hot on BoB: Forbidden Kyoto – an exclusive Kyoto tea room that has never been opened to tourists or a camera crew before

In this “What’s Hot on BoB”, the focuses is on the tea ceremony. American potter Richard Milgrim experiences its essence in an exclusive Kyoto tea room that has never been opened to tourists or a camera crew before.

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About BoB

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) lets you record any TV and radio programme from over 60 UK and international channels. Clips can be embedded directly into Course Resources or shared with a link. All staff and students have access to BoB at: www.bobnational.net. Visit www.derby.ac.uk/bob for guides and information.

Using BoB is easy. Find out how to find, record and embed a TV or radio show into Course Resources in five minutes.

 

What’s Hot on BoB: The Sky at Night: Stephen Hawking on blackholes

This week’s What’s Hot on BoB The Sky at Night: Stephen Hawking on Black Holes. A look at how the recent detection of gravitational waves proves that black holes exist and provides a way to investigate them.

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About BoB

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) lets you record any TV and radio programme from over 60 UK and international channels. Clips can be embedded directly into Course Resources or shared with a link. All staff and students have access to BoB at: www.bobnational.net. Visit www.derby.ac.uk/bob for guides and information.

Using BoB is easy. Find out how to find, record and embed a TV or radio show into Course Resources in five minutes.