Slides from presentation "Students as partners to produce digital learning materials and evaluate mobile learning approaches". Given on Wednesday 3rd July 2013 at the Higher Education Academy Annual Conference (theme "Powerful partnerships: defining the learning experience"). This presentation was given under the strand "students as partners". I was also asked to give this presentation again at the HEA STEM workshop "Engaging students as partners in the STEM disciplines". This was held at Leeds University on 28th November 2013.
Outline: "This paper will detail the experience of using interns and undergraduate project students to create and evaluate interactive learning materials for a laboratory training module in biomedical sciences. An intern and three project students created interactive multimedia eBooks for the module Experimental techniques in neuroscience, and configured tablet devices with a wide range of freely available learning related apps. Students taking the module had access to these materials and apps on the tablet devices, for a four-week period. There were two strands to the project. In the first, learning materials were created to support laboratory work in the module. Videos were created to highlight techniques and to demonstrate equipment. These videos, along with other learning materials, were incorporated into multimedia interactive eBooks, designed using iBooks Author, and provided to students on the iPads. The second strand looked at the students’ use of apps on the iPad and investigated changes in study behaviour throughout the project. The project students used structured interviews, questionnaires and data from the tablet devices to collect data on usage of the materials and apps, and to evaluate the learning materials. The learning materials created will be made available as Open Educational Resources. The session will reflect on the methodology, results and implications of the project, using video diaries from the students involved in the project.
This session relates to the conference strand ‘students as partners’, detailing how students can be engaged to design materials for learning and lead the evaluation of these resources."