Media in Teaching – Student Media Projects


On the 20th January, the TEL&ED Team in collaboration with the School of Modern Languages (SML) ran the first in a monthly series of community of practice events, showcasing the different ways that Media* resources can be used as part of teaching and assessment. This first event focused on the work of Modern Languages and Medical Science in supporting and assessing student-produced films and media-rich teaching packages.

Prior to the main event, we were very lucky to have Nick Bartram (Modern Languages Learning Technologist and Centre Manager) give a tour of the facilities found within the Multimedia Centre. The centre is a purpose-built six-room facility for the school, including Teaching and Study Spaces, a Film Library, a Recording Studio and a Cinema.

The aim of the event was to highlight what students learn by producing media resources, how others at the institution are approaching this, and assessing the results.

Presentation number one was led by Gloria Visintini and David Perkins de Oliveira from SML; they talked about the projects within the school where students produce videos as an alternative to written work, and how the school has developed assessment criteria to mark their work. More information can be found on our case studies page.

The second pair of presenters was Dominic Alder, from the eLearning team in the Medical School, and Will Fotherby, a fourth year Medical Student. Dominic talked first about the Student Selected Components program and the summer project to create Media Rich Learning Materials (more information can be found on our case studies page). Will then talked through his project ‘Get exercise confident‘, covering how he approached the project, the support he had received from Jonathan Williams (his supervisor), Dominic, and friends, and the skills he had built up by completing the project.

*In this context we use “Media” to describe video or audio content used as part of a teaching and learning activity.