Headline Grabbing: Using BBC news clips as an essay springboard

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This presentation by Steve Maw (University of Leeds) was delivered at the Making the Most of Broadcast Media in Your Teaching day conference in Leicester (January 2014). Steve describes an activity he conducts with his foundation-level students.
More details regarding a similar task can be found at http://journals.heacademy.ac.uk/doi/pdf/10.11120/beej.2013.00017

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Headline Grabbing: Using BBC news clips as an essay springboard

  1. 1. LifeLong Learning Centre Headline Grabbing: Using BBC news clips as an essay springboard Dr Steve Maw
  2. 2. Context • Foundation Year Students • Studying Biology, Chemistry and Maths • Hope to progress onto Medicine, Microbiology, Midwifery, Biochemistry, Biology, Sports Science, Food Science
  3. 3. Task • Write a commentary on the ethical issues surrounding a biological/biomedical BBC news story of your own choosing (800 words) • They have already had a workshop around ethical thinking.
  4. 4. What do the News Clips give? • Ready-made introduction to a range of current biological areas • Accessible introduction to those areas • Variety/Flexibility • Every student does a different topic area • Reduces plagiarism • Tailor course to preferred degree progression
  5. 5. Allocation of Marks • Selection of clip (5%) • Framing the issue (summary) (25%) • Discussion of the issues (60%) • Selection of appropriate sources and referencing (10%)
  6. 6. Miscellaneous/tips • I use a wiki for the students to put their name and clip • Stick to clips from 1 year (or the period of time you use) • Provide the students with exemplars Cost • Time taken to view video clips
  7. 7. Observation I have been pleasantly surprised by the maturity, and at times sensitivity, that students have displayed in handling difficult topics in these essays Thanks Chris Willmott
  8. 8. News Clips 2013 Mothers in South Africa donate breast milk Gay blood ban decision Welsh government votes for 'presumed organ consent' Germany to allow 'indeterminate' gender on birth certificates Australia sport doping 'widespread' across multiple codes Princess Anne: Eating horsemeat 'might improve animal welfare' Should pig swill from waste food be back on the menu? Right-to-die ruling: 'It's unfair and it's cruel' - Paul Lamb Using E.coli to mop-up toxic algal blooms Public health wales seeks e-cigs public places ban

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