Research suggests that the main reason that video is used is to improve learning, and many students like online resources that allow them more flexibility over where and when they learn (Kay, 2012). Videos that are short, have a more personal style, and an enthusiastic speaker have much greater levels of engagement, and “big-budget studio productions” are not always most effective (Guo et al 2014).
In our institution, there was much good practice already, from high production MOOC content, to one on one video feedback on assignments. However, the digital skills needed were significant, specialist software and equipment was required, and many solutions were local with little support available. In particular, integration with our VLEs and web sites was poor, and it was near impossible to support students to create and share their own videos. There was significant appetite and enthusiasm for using media, but staff and students felt limited by existing support and technology.
This presentation will outline a major project to refresh our services for supporting media in learning and teaching. Critically, consultation identified that this project was an opportunity to embed open and creative practices within the institution, and make a direct investment in the digital skills of our academic community. By putting simple to use, well-integrated tools into the hands of our staff and students, and backing it up with good support and training, we could democratise the use of video across the institution. From the outset we have provided Creative Commons licenses and the tools required to easily make and share content. Hand in hand with a new institutional OER policy, our community are encouraged to be creative, to be brave, and share publically.
The presentation will include a summary of the scenarios that our academic community prioritised and how the IT solution selected (Kaltura) has met the challenge. We will reflect on our plans for expanding the use of media in the next academic year, focussing on assessment, feedback, and sharing as OERs in particular. We will share our ‘DIY Film School’ pilot training courses, teaching our staff and students how to make movies using their smartphones, and discuss the impact that all of this work is having on digital skills development, learning and teaching experience, and fostering a new culture of creativity, sharing and experimentation.
Guo PJ, Kim J, and Robin R (2014). How video production affects student engagement: An empirical study of MOOC videos. ACM Conference on Learning at Scale (L@S 2014)
Kay RH (2012). Exploring the use of video podcasts in education: A comprehensive review of the literature. Computers in Human Behavior 28, 820-831.
Khan, S. (2016). Let’s use video to reinvent education. [online] Ted.com. Available at: http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education
Steve Locke-Wheaton posted an update in the session Making movies: Democratising the use of media in learning and teaching  6 months, 3 weeks ago
Anne-Marie, would love to know what the popup recording thing from Amazon was, and what light/mic you fitted to your iPad for the kit to lend out.