Title: A walk down the red carpet: students as producers of digital video-based knowledge

Authors: Barry Ryan

Addresses: School of Food Science and Environmental Health, College of Science, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin 1, Republic of Ireland

Abstract: Disengaged and apathetic students are common in many undergraduate classrooms. One approach to engage these students, and enhance the learning experience, is to integrate active learning into the curriculum. The purpose of this pedagogical evaluative study was to investigate if student researched, designed and created digital video could act as viable reusable peer learning resources. Although the use and integration of technology was central to the scope of this project, other ideas such as threshold concepts, the requirement for both active and authentic social constructivist learning, and student empowerment are pivotal to the rationalisation of this research. Overall, students appreciated an alternative method of learning; however, they were more reserved about their perceived learning and the usefulness of the peer-generated videos as learning resources. This pedagogical evaluative study suggests that practitioners can introduce student produced digital media as an alternative student centred learning approach whilst simultaneously developing student soft skills.

Keywords: student generated content; digital video; storytelling; student as producer; student as scholar; authentic learning environment; active learning; learner generated content; engagement; pedagogical evaluation; technology enhanced learning; biochemistry undergraduates; higher education; learning resources; soft skills.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2013.055950

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2013 Vol.5 No.1, pp.24 - 41

Received: 22 Feb 2013
Accepted: 12 Jul 2013

Published online: 23 Sep 2014 *

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