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Sharingthe Vision

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Sharingthe Vision

  1. 1. BUFVC Learning on Screen 2008 Sharing the vision: exploiting Web 2.0 technologies in promoting the use of multimedia in bioethics education Dr Chris Willmott Dept of Biochemistry, University of Leicester cjrw2@le.ac.uk University of Leicester
  2. 2. Central thesis • There is huge pedagogic value in the use of video • Video clips can be used: - to help scene-setting - as discussion starters, and/or - to convey factual information • Video material can be obtained freely and legally for use in education, provided you know what you are looking for • Colleagues may require specialist help to locate and utilise suitable material • Web 2.0 technologies are ideal for sharing this specialist knowledge
  3. 3. Outline of presentation • The value of TRILT in identifying useful material • The added value of Bioethicsbytes in the specific area of bioethics education
  4. 4. Stem cell research South Park: “Kenny Dies” (Paramount Comedy Channel, 16th Jan 2006) This recording is to be used only for educational and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the ERA Licence
  5. 5. TRILT – 2 great services www.trilt.ac.uk offers: • A weekly e-mail alert warning you of any programmes coming up in the next two weeks that match your keywords • A searchable database of transmission history covering broadcasts since 1995, in which all programmes are given an ID code • The latter can frequently be used to identify recordings available through the back-up service (inc all terrestrial TV since June 1998)
  6. 6. TRILT entry: Kenny dies
  7. 7. Xenotransplantation Holby City: “Better The Devil You Know” (BBC1, 6th September 2006) This recording is to be used only for educational and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the ERA Licence
  8. 8. Xenotransplantation • The clip shown is an excellent vehicle for introducing discussion of both the ethical objections people might have regarding this operation, and the scientific difficulties that would be involved • The TRILT entry for this programme states: “Abra returns to Holby and clashes with Ric over the treatment of a terminally ill patient, when Abra decides to offer the patient an illegal transplant. Chrissie thinks she’s cracked it with Sam” • How would someone else recognise the potential in this clip?
  9. 9. Specialist help: Bioethicsbytes • It is unrealistic to expect a general-purpose service to include sufficient annotation to satisfy all nuances of discipline-specific usage • We have developed Bioethicsbytes as an alternative means to share recommendations regarding bioethics-related footage www.bioethicsbytes.wordpress.com
  10. 10. BioethicsBytes: Holby example http://bioethicsbytes.wordpress.com/2006/09/08/xenotransplantation-holby-city/
  11. 11. Advantages of using blog service • Wordpress is one of the two main blog platforms • You don’t need to know any HTML • Range of “off the shelf” style sheets • Built in facility to search by categories, tags and reader-selected keyword • Built in statistics and tracking • High visibility in Google searches • It’s free! www.bioethicsbytes.wordpress.com
  12. 12. BioethicsBytes
  13. 13. BioethicsBytes: variety of posts • Reviews and recommendations about: - Films - TV series (documentaries and fiction) - Books - Radio - Podcasts - News • Extended commentaries • Guides to streamed media www.bioethicsbytes.wordpress.com
  14. 14. BioethicsBytes: TV Documentary
  15. 15. TV Documentary A Child Against All Odds BBC1, November 14th 2006 This recording is to be used only for educational and non-commercial purposes under the terms of the ERA Licence
  16. 16. BioethicsBytes: Extended Comm.
  17. 17. Obtaining footage • BioethicsBytes recommends but does not supply off-air recordings • BUFVC members can usually obtain material via the back-up service - Most universities are members - Most schools are not • Availability of on-line video? www.bioethicsbytes.wordpress.com
  18. 18. Online video availability? • The BBC iPlayer is an exciting development, but of little use here due to short availability window • Streamed news footage?
  19. 19. BioethicsBytes: Streamed News
  20. 20. Online video availability? • The BBC iPlayer is an exciting development, but of little use here due to short availability window • Streamed news footage? • Newsfilm Online – live from May 2008?
  21. 21. Online video availability? • The BBC iPlayer is an exciting development, but of little use here due to short availability window • Streamed news footage? • Newsfilm Online – live from May 2008? • YouTube, Google Video, etc? - provenance of material posted there? - is it ok to recommend it if you didn’t post it? - is it ok to embed it if you didn’t post it? • Bespoke videos?
  22. 22. Conclusions • TRILT is an excellent database and alert service • Additional subject-specific information can aid colleagues in knowing about useful clips • Bioethicsbytes is providing this service wrt bioethics • Web 2.0 technologies (blogs, RSS feeds, etc) are ideal tools for this function • This approach could easily be adapted for other disciplines www.bioethicsbytes.wordpress.com
  23. 23. Acknowledgements • Bonnie Green and David Willis • GENIE (the Genetics Education CETL) and the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme • Audio-Visual Services, UoL www.bioethicsbytes.wordpress.com del.icio.us/chriswillmott/bioethics

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