How do we encourage educational media as an educational enhancement?
How often do you seek support help from the TLC?
Perceived support at all levels ...
Department ( M = 3.23, SD = 1.70 )
School ( M = 2.92, SD = 1.216)
Institution ( M = 3.06, SD = 1.286)
Students do not even come close to utilizing the original intent of casting media (distribution through subscription for playback on mobile devices)
They seem to treat the media being cast much the same as any media distributed through any other means (i.e. streamed, emailed).
If we cast it will it add value to the learning experience?
Opportunity to mobilize educational media
Results showed that 54.7% of respondents had a portable audio player
20.8% had a mobile device that allowed them to play a video file and more than half also had a cell phone that could be used as an audio/video player (having at least 2GB of storage)
43.4% of respondents had multiple mobile devices that could storage and play media
Transit time as a means of gauging obvious “dead time” that might be utilized for playing media being cast
54.4% of respondents took transit or walked to school
41.2% of respondents had more than a half hour to more than an hour of travel time each way
Although 82.8% of all respondents know what a podcast is, just over 70% do not subscribe to podcasts for any reason (including personal hobbies and interests)
Of the remaining 12.6% watch between 10-20% of them and only 9.2% watch between 80-100% of podcasts they subscribe to
That being said when asked if they would watch a podcast that the instructor provided to them 85.4% of respondents said that they would
To note: Of those that watch podcasts currently... 77.3% of respondents watch on their computer/laptop and only 20.7% watch from a mobile device
The survey (cont’d)
When students where asked the value (from extremely valuable to no value) they associated to specific types of media casts students perceived lecture review/summary, exam study aids and video demonstrations as more valuable than others identified
Survey responses and comments also clearly indicated that they did not perceive student created podcasts as part of project work of much value and felt that student created podcasts transferred the burden of teaching from instructor to students.
What pedagogical models of media casting do students value?
Scott Watts of MediaWorks :
Support services that assist you with media creation and distribution
Tom Wells of School of Health Sciences
Experience from the Trenches
Faculty need to design casting into their instructional delivery BEFORE they develop and distribute (cast) media
Our recommendations Issue/Opportunity approach in context media determined quality development process hardware selection adapt course identify required admin create media cast media
Focus on augmenting instruction with short succinct media “bites” (i.e. trailers for your lecture, review the highlights/salient points, PDF your lecture notes, create a week in review sound-bite, reading summaries, video demo’s) of about 15 minutes
BCIT and faculty need to work together to highlight the benefits of media casting AS its being introduced to students
Consider student created media casting only when student interaction is very limited and the media created will resolve this issue
Faculty need to be proactive in seeking support from technology and academic professionals when deciding what media is appropriate to create/cast