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Learning videos – do they work for you?

By Gabriela Daniels & Oliver Furlong. Learning videos – do they work for you?. Workshop outline. Fellowship introduction Literature review: what others are doing Video evaluation: students’ views Learning videos: shared views (debate) Learning videos: LCF’s staff views

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Learning videos – do they work for you?

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  1. By Gabriela Daniels & Oliver Furlong Learning videos – do they work for you?

  2. Workshop outline Fellowship introduction Literature review: what others are doing Video evaluation: students’ views Learning videos: shared views (debate) Learning videos: LCF’s staff views Video creation guide: apply to your ideas

  3. The learning videos fellowship Oliver Furlong:LCF Content Manager for Learning Technology Support Key professional interest: video production and editing, on-line content creation; and, most recently, focusing on lecture capture and creating video content in classrooms Gabriela Daniels:LCF Technical Manager for 3D and Science Key professional interests: creative learning and teaching techniques, challenging the traditional image of technical staff and promoting a professional image of us as active members of the educational community

  4. The Fellowship blog

  5. What the researchers say: “The convenience of mobile (multimedia) technology strengthens the link between the learner and the context…. In informal learning (often problem based), self directed learning platforms related to professional practice are suitable…” (Shenand Wang, 2012)

  6. Theoretical framework Cognitive Theory of Multimedia Learning (Mayer and Moreno, 2007). Key points: • A combination of text and visual (multimedia) is better than just text; • Present corresponding pictures and words together; • Use voice rather than on-screen text; • Give few rather than many pictures and words.

  7. The literature review in summary: The use of videos (multimedia) in education is linked to cognitive and pedagogic theories; Research comparing video with text based resources shows mixed results in student attainment; Educational videos have a positive impact on students’ attitude towards the subject and their motivation (Choi and Johnson, 2005, 2007) and enhance student experience (Cherrett et al, 2009; Whateley and Ahmad, 2007).

  8. Where can you find videos? OER MIT Photography lectures “How to” videos on YouTube You Tube soldering video Private videos - password protected or available at a cost Other forums providing a macro context Process arts – 3D Studio

  9. Project activities Surveyed: students, staff who produced the videos (academic and technical), and staff who are likely to re-use the videos (academic and technical)

  10. Students’ views Interviewed two groups of students over the period June – Oct 2012 in Curtain Rd Practical D&T courses such as BA Womenswear, BA Menswear, FdA Designer Pattern Cutter, BA Fashion Sportswear 66 % were non UK (not native English speakers).

  11. Student data On what? (44 students) Where? 75% of the students would watch the videos at home 18% of the students would watch at college on a mobile device Laptop is the most common device

  12. Video awareness Who told you about these videos? Why watch instructional videos? “to repeat after class, to remember things” “visualise it …see each step…” “watch, make your technical files at home…” “saves you time…” (not having to wait to be shown again)

  13. Video rating: pilot survey Why watch master class videos? Rate usefulness of videos “Chance to access this level of skills” “More interesting…” “Can inspire…”

  14. Key findings of the pilot stage: Preferred short instructional videos: 2-4 minutes The long master class video was useful to learn something new (i.e. if not able to attend the master class) Other comments related to: lighting, background noise, clarity and length of talking

  15. The videos used in the final survey :short process instruction, short machine/area introduction, long process (master class)

  16. Students’ survey “As long as they are short and sweet…I will watch them…” “straight forward” “easy to understand…do this, do that…” “… you can stop that as many times as you want and go back to it. With a class there’s always lots of people; you can't always ask as many questions as you want.”

  17. Key findings of the second stage • Videos are viewed at home • Poor awareness of where the videos are located • Short instructional videos are well received • Preferred view of the work area combined with voice over • Master classes can have wider audience, if promoted

  18. Shared views – the audience Participants comments:

  19. Staff perspective: instructional videos “mixed ability, international…, students who had learning disabilities, like dyslexia or other things. So we tried to reach quite a diverse group of students” (tutor) “that's really good to have a second chance to see it” (tutor) “…the movement (of fabric) that you can't see in the book; a video, whilst it is still 2D, it starts to make it look 3D.”(tutor) “can also be good when some students have difficulty understanding language.”(technician) Courtesy of mEGaPHiLL from Flickr “…being able to show students at close range…” (tutor)

  20. Staff perspective: master classes “students could go back to it …that made them push boundaries and get excited about it as a creative resource” (tutor) “… students can go at their own pace. They can dip in and out , they can look at one thing, fully understand that, an then they can go back.” (tutor)

  21. Summary Videosoffer: They work when: Short or chaptered Contain key words and information only Are of good production standard Are actively promoted • A flexible access alternative/addition to face-to-face instruction • A visual alternative to text or audio • Literature: they are particularly helpful to less advanced learners • Literature: they enhance motivation and enjoyment of the subject

  22. We would like to thank: Gavin Jenkins, Director of Technical Resources and Learning Environments, LCF; Chris Follows, Processarts & DIAL Manager; John Casey, ALTO UK Project Manager; and Claire Swift, Programme Director BA FTD: Womenswear, FdA FDT: Designer Pattern-Cutter and BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery for their support to this project, and also all our colleagues who took part in the surveys. Please feel free to use this information with the appropriate acknowledgement of our project as the source

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