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Using broadcast media in your teaching

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These are slides from a staff development workshop I ran at the University of Leicester, UK in September 2014 (they are lightly developed from an earlier version, from July, also available on slideshare). The main purpose of the session was to introduce colleagues to Box of Broadcasts, a tool for streaming clips of TV and radio programmes for educational purposes.

For more on the potential of TV for teaching, also see an article I wrote for the Times Higher Education magazine http://tinyurl.com/pjzbrrb, (http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/comment/opinion/boxing-clever-television-as-a-teaching-tool/2015375.article).

Please note that, for copyright reasons, Box of Broadcasts is only available to UK-based students at subscribing institutions.

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Using broadcast media in your teaching

  1. 1. Dr Chris WillmottDept of Biochemistry, University of Leicester cjrw2@le.ac.uk Using Broadcast Media in Your Teaching Learning and Teaching Focus Week University of Leicester
  2. 2. Outline of session •The value of TV and Radio for teaching •Examples uses of TV in teaching •Introduction to Box of Broadcasts •Opportunity to start using BoB •Closing tips and suggestions
  3. 3. Using TV for University Teachiing •http://bobnational.net/record/230056
  4. 4. Premise •There is huge pedagogic value in the use of broadcast media •Video (and audio) clips: -familiar and engaging medium-to help scene-setting -as discussion starters, and/or -to convey factual information-clips more efficient than full programme •Video and audio material can be obtained freelyand legallyfor use in education, provided you know what you are looking for
  5. 5. •Previously… -“Off-air recordings” of TV could be used-DVD had to be registered with AVS-Clips could be converted to WMV files by AVS-Took time (and a fee) •Now… -the old scheme still exists-made simpler using Box of Broadcasts-recording programmes (for streaming) -making clips-organising into playlists-made available to other users Obtaining programmes
  6. 6. A Child Against All Oddshttp://bobnational.net/record/230327 Example uses: (1) Documentary
  7. 7. Die Another Dayhttp://bobnational.net/record/230324http://bobnational.net/record/220597 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. Example (3): Context and use •Video from Brainiac: Science abuse •Used in a Year 1 tutorial on Experimental Design
  10. 10. •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? http://tinyurl.com/terrorface1 Example uses: (3) Discussion
  11. 11. Brainiac Science Abuse: The Smell of Fearhttp://bobnational.net/record/226469 Example uses: (3) Discussion
  12. 12. 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 “sniffer” by same person •all subjects were same gender •…but little else is good
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Design a better version •work with those sitting near you to design a better experiment looking into whether it is possible to smell fear http://tinyurl.com/armpitsniffing1
  15. 15. A more scientific approach Prehn-Kristensen et al(2009), PLoS ONE 4(6): e5987 http://tinyurl.com/anxietypaper
  16. 16. The Cell (2): The Chemistry of Lifehttp://bobnational.net/record/222440 Example uses: (4) Full programme
  17. 17. Example (4): Context and use •Year 1 double lecture session (video lasts 60 mins) •A beautiful walk through the history of expt that identified DNA as the molecule of inheritance •Students provided with a structured worksheet to aid note-taking during episode
  18. 18. 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 •e.g. The Battle to Beat Poliohttp://bobnational.net/record/220824
  19. 19. Example (4): Full programme •e.g. The Battle to Beat Poliohttp://bobnational.net/record/220824
  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 •e.g. The Battle to Beat Poliohttp://bobnational.net/record/220824 •Flipped classroom •“Viewing lists” as well as “reading lists” for module •Increased hours per credit –“directed self-study”?
  21. 21. What is BoB? •Box of Broadcasts •Giant TiVo box for education“An online, off-air TV and radio archive& recording service from BUFVC” Image: Sandy Willmott •> 1 million TV & radio programmes •> 60 TV & radio channels(30 day buffer) •All BBC content since 2007 •All staff & students •Clips & playlists
  22. 22. Logging into BoB http://bobnational.net •Clunky (esp first time)
  23. 23. •Clunky (esp first time) Logging into BoB http://bobnational.net
  24. 24. •Clunky (esp first time) Logging into BoB http://bobnational.net
  25. 25. •Clunky (esp first time) Logging into BoB http://bobnational.net
  26. 26. •Clunky (esp first time) Logging into BoB http://bobnational.net
  27. 27. •Clunky (esp first time) Logging into BoB http://bobnational.net
  28. 28. •Clunky (esp first time) NB not / Logging into BoB http://bobnational.net
  29. 29. Finding your way around BoB •Useful in-package tutorial videos
  30. 30. Finding programmes •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords)
  31. 31. Finding programmes •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords)
  32. 32. Finding programmes •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords)
  33. 33. Finding programmes •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords)
  34. 34. Finding programmes •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords) •Using the programme guide-scrolling around-knowing transmission date & time
  35. 35. Finding programmes •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords) •Using the programme guide-scrolling around-knowing transmission date & time
  36. 36. Finding programmes •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords) •Using the programme guide-scrolling around-knowing transmission date & time
  37. 37. Finding programmes •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords) •Using the programme guide-scrolling around-knowing transmission date & time
  38. 38. Finding programmes •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords) •Using the programme guide-scrolling around-knowing transmission date & time •Using TRILT (www.trilt.ac.uk)
  39. 39. •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords) •Using the programme guide-scrolling around-knowing transmission date & time •Using TRILT (www.trilt.ac.uk) Finding programmes http://trilt.ac.uk
  40. 40. •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords) •Using the programme guide-scrolling around-knowing transmission date & time •Using TRILT (www.trilt.ac.uk) Finding programmes http://trilt.ac.uk
  41. 41. •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords) •Using the programme guide-scrolling around-knowing transmission date & time •Using TRILT (www.trilt.ac.uk) Finding programmes http://trilt.ac.uk
  42. 42. •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords) •Using the programme guide-scrolling around-knowing transmission date & time •Using TRILT (www.trilt.ac.uk) Finding programmes http://trilt.ac.uk
  43. 43. •Using the search tool-programmes and clips-playlists (keywords) •Using the programme guide-scrolling around-knowing transmission date & time •Using TRILT (www.trilt.ac.uk) Using the right tool: Searching “Camplyobacter” within BoB throws up an eclectic mix of programmes… … because there is an advert within the files A combination of search strategies recommended Finding programmes http://trilt.ac.uk
  44. 44. Finding sections within programme •To find a particular point within programme-scan-transcript search-frame search (not with older recordings)
  45. 45. Finding sections within programme •To find a particular point within programme-scan-transcript search-frame search (not with older recordings) http://bobnational.net/record/241910
  46. 46. Recording programmes •All staff and students are entitled to initiate up to 5 recordings per day, includes: -requesting new programme into archive-making a new clip
  47. 47. Recording programmes •All staff and students are entitled to initiate up to 5 recordings per day, includes: -requesting new programme into archive-making a new clip
  48. 48. Making clips •Use clipping tool to set <start> and <end> points •Multiple clips can be linked (but only in original order)
  49. 49. Making clips •Use clipping tool to set <start> and <end> points •Multiple clips can be linked (but only in original order)
  50. 50. Making clips •Use clipping tool to set <in> and <out> points •Multiple clips can be linked (but only in original order)
  51. 51. Making clips •Use clipping tool to set <in> and <out> points •Multiple clips can be linked (but only in original order) •You cannot clip from within a clip, need to return to the full programme
  52. 52. Making playlists •Not currently possible to search for multiple tags at one time •Recommend adding to as many lists as you feel will help you to find clip again
  53. 53. Embedding clips •Straightforward using the linkhttp://bobnational.net/record/230047
  54. 54. BoB for linguists •French: France 24; BFM TV •German: Tagesschau 24; 3 Sat; ZDF •Franco-German: Arte •Italian: Canale 5; Rai News
  55. 55. Known issues •Although you can play back using IE, the calendar search facility is not supported in current version •This works fine in Firefox (which students are now allowed to use) •IE upgraded scheduled for this summer did not take place due to other clashes •“This content is not available” –refresh page
  56. 56. Known issues •Although you can play back using IE, the calendar search facility is not supported in current version •This works fine in Firefox (which students are now allowed to use) •IE upgraded scheduled for this summer did not take place due to other clashes •“This content is not available” –refresh page
  57. 57. Known issues •Although you can play back using IE, the calendar search facility is not supported in current version •This works fine in Firefox (which students are now allowed to use) •IE upgraded scheduled for this summer did not take place due to other clashes •“This content is not available” –refresh page •For use in lectures, log into BoB on IE beforehand •BoB is only available to UK-based students (not overseas DL students) due to copyright issues
  58. 58. Local UoL information •A link from the Library search page has been added
  59. 59. Local UoL information •A link from the Library search page has been added •In addition to the training videos within BoB, there is some local guidance
  60. 60. Local UoL information •A link from the Library search page has been added •In addition to the training videos within BoB, there is some local guidance http://tinyurl.com/embedBoB
  61. 61. What BoB *won’t* capture •BoB will not record East Midlands regional news & current affair programmes •During the early roll out of BoB, recommended to keep DVD copies of any resources you already use
  62. 62. Any Questions? E-mail: cjrw2@le.ac.uk Twitter: cjrw Slideshare: cjrw2 Delicious: chriswillmott Blogs:www.bioethicsbytes.wordpress.comwww.biosciencecareers.wordpress.comwww.lefthandedbiochemist.wordpress.com University of Leicester

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