Lights, Camera, Action!: Involving students in digital video production to enhance educational engagement

Lights, Camera, Action!: Involving students in digital video production to enhance educational engagement

Chris Willmott, University of Leicester - Download slides here

February 2015 marked the 10th birthday of video-sharing service YouTube. During this past decade, affordable cameras and widespread availability of non-linear editing software have made it possible for everyone to become a film-maker. Since 2008, second-year Medical Biochemists have been asked to carry out an assessed assignment in which they work in teams to produce a 5 minute video on the science and ethics of a development in biomedicine. This activity has resulted in production of a substantial number of introductory films about a variety of contemporary issues. The best films are released via YouTube (www.youtube.com/BioethicsBytes) and embedded in a bioethics-focused website. In this way the students are bona fide producers of new resources for the wider community. Both the quality of the completed films, and feedback from the participants, indicate that this has been a successful means to enhance their engagement in an “authentic assessment” (that is to say, one where the real-world relevance is self-evident). This presentation will explain the rationale behind various aspects of the project and demonstrate how it could be readily adapted for use in learning about a broader range of topics.