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Using Broadcast Media in Teaching: An example from the biosciences


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Slides from an invited presentation at Learning on Screen conference "Audiovisual in Education: What's possible and what's legal?" December 2016

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Using Broadcast Media in Teaching: An example from the biosciences

  1. 1. Using Broadcast Media inTeaching: An example from the biosciences AV in Education: What’s Possible & What’s Legal? Dr Chris Willmott Dept of Molecular and Cell Biology University of Leicester
  2. 2. Outline of session • Examples uses of TV in teaching • Finding and sharing materials - Biology on the Box
  3. 3. Using TV for University Teaching Harry and Paul’s Story of the Twos
  4. 4. Overview • Multimedia (esp visual media) can be integrated into teaching in variety of ways Use of broadcast clips Video production News analysis
  5. 5. Overview • Multimedia (esp visual media) can be integrated into teaching in variety of ways Use of broadcast clips
  6. 6. A Child Against All Odds Example uses: (1) Documentary
  7. 7. Die Another Day Example uses: (2) Scene-setter
  8. 8. Example (2): Context and use • Introduction to Year 2 lecture on Gene Therapy • Used precisely because it is so wrong • Set scene for more accurate discussion on the approach (including another clip, from Horizon)
  9. 9. Holby City: “Better The Devil You Know” Example uses: (3a) Discussion
  10. 10. • Pete has kidney failure and is being offered the last opportunity of a transplant, using a kidney from a pig • What ethical arguments might there be for/against this operation? • What scientific concerns might there be about an operation of this sort? • If you were Pete’s friend would you suggest that he accepts the doctor’s offer? Why/why not? Example uses: (3a) Discussion
  11. 11. Example (3b): Context and use • Video from Brainiac: Science abuse • Used in a Year 1 tutorial on Experimental Design
  12. 12. • Students watch short clip describing an experiment to investigate whether you can smell if someone is afraid • Having watched the clip, they discuss: - what was good about the design of the expt? - what was wrong with the experiment? Example (3b): Discussion
  13. 13. Brainiac Science Abuse: The Smell of Fear Example (3b): Discussion
  14. 14. Good aspects of Brainiac expt? • included a negative control (no fear, no sport) • all subjects carried out their activity for same time • all subjects were “sniffed” by same person • all subjects were same gender • …but little else is good
  15. 15. What was wrong with this expt? • only one “sniff-er” • only three “sweat-ers” • was not the same person on crane/running/relaxing • distance nose-to-armpit not same in all cases • may have been other explanations for the observed differences, e.g. • natural body odour differences between the three • use of deodorant • eating of smelly foods • olfactory fatigue/adaptation may have occurred
  16. 16. Design a better version • work with those sitting near you to design a better experiment looking into whether it is possible to smell fear
  17. 17. A more scientific approach Prehn-Kristensen et al (2009), PLoS ONE 4(6): e5987
  18. 18. The Cell (2): The Chemistry of Life Example uses: (4) Full programme
  19. 19. Example (4): Context and use • Year 1 double lecture session (video lasts 60 mins) • A beautiful walk through the history of expts that identified DNA as the molecule of inheritance • Students provided with a structured worksheet to aid note-taking during episode
  20. 20. Example (4): Full programme • Difficult to fit full episode into lecture slot? • Not best use of F2F time? • BoB raises potential for requiring students to watch programme before lecture or tutorial • Flipped classroom • “Viewing lists” as well as “reading lists” for module
  21. 21. Biology on the Box • Recommendations for TV (and radio) footage that can used for enriching bioscience teaching • Primarily designed for use in conjunction with Box of Broadcasts • Programme tips equally valid without BoB, just harder to get hold of • Sharing best practice - metadata & keywords - describe usage • A collaborative project - students as producers - different institutions
  22. 22. Biology on the Box • • Started September 2014 • Post of various styles
  23. 23. Various styles Awareness of digital availability… … plus notes
  24. 24. Various styles Clip within programme… … plus structured activities
  25. 25. Various styles News story News overview
  26. 26. Various styles Radio Re-posting
  27. 27. Posts by Students AudioVisuals In the Disciplines (AVID)
  28. 28. Posts by Interns
  29. 29. Posts by Colleagues
  30. 30. [Other discipline] on the Box • Other subject areas starting to develop similar sites • e.g.
  31. 31. Acknowledgements • University of Leicester Teaching Enhancement Fund • University of Leicester Graduate Gateway Fund • Thanks to authors
  32. 32. Any Questions? E-mail: Twitter: cjrw Slideshare: cjrw2 Delicious: chriswillmott Blogs: