This presentation explores work carried out to bring theories to life in a mode which allows students to apply them to real world inspired scenarios.
In 2015, the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) Team worked with academic staff from Health and Social Care subjects to create a case study based on the experiences of Health Care Professionals. Where previously written, content now consisted of video and other media, which students assessed from the perspective of a Health Care Assessor, developing observational assessment skills in relation to theoretical principles in the process.
Spreading the case study over different segmented media provided a learning experience more akin to the real world as students were expected to “weigh the reliability of information that emerges in different contexts” (Jenkins, 2010) through developing “the capacity to seek out, evaluate, and integrate information conveyed across multiple media.” (Jenkins, 2010)
By utilising these transmedia storytelling (Jenkins 2010) methods, learning resources can “use hermeneutic codes to raise questions in the minds of the audience; their desire to have these questions answered is what drives them forward through the narrative.” (Long, 2007, p. 166)
Feedback from students suggests that this approach was effective and enhanced their learning experience: “It gave us an opportunity to practice, and learn from, skills such as observation and helped us to reflect on what we would actually do and see in real life practice. Very insightful” (Anonymous Student, 2015). One student also commented on the use of video over a written case study, “You could see details of Maggie’s house that a written case study would missed out. Also as a visual learner I found it helped to read Maggie’s body language.” (Anonymous Student, 2015).
The methods developed during this project have led to further subject areas recreating the practice with similarly successful results.
This presentation will demonstrate how applying transmedia storytelling methods to the creation of case studies can engage learners in the practice based theory of their subject area and embed critical employability skills within their learning. It will develop within delegates an understanding of how media based learning technologies can be used to enhance the digital content of modules relevant to their subject discipline.
Anonymous Student (2015) ‘Module Feedback’
Jenkins, H. (2010) Transmedia education: The 7 principles revisited. Available at: http://henryjenkins.org/2010/06/transmedia_education_the_7_pri.html (Accessed: 30 March 2016).
Long, G. (2007) ‘Transmedia Storytelling Business, Aesthetics and Production at the Jim Henson Company’. (Accessed: 30 March 2016).
robhigson posted an update in the session Using media based case studies to create spaces for students to practice theory  1 year, 6 months ago
Thanks to everyone who attended and the positive feedback! Here’s the slides – I’ve added some extra video clips in of Zuzia, the academic I worked with on…[Read more]
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