Demystifying Video in Higher Education

Welcome to our sharing space for resources relating to the National Form for Teaching and Learning funded workshop Demystifying Video in Higher Education. Co-facilitated by Patrick Doyle (School of Nursing), and Suzanne Stone (Teaching Enhancement Unit), the workshop was held in DCU on Feb 11th, 2020 with 16 participants from across the sector attending despite the inclement weather on the day!

Workshop Overview
This workshop sought to address some of the pre-conceptions and misconceptions around video for education, such as the pedagogical value of video and the time commitment involved. To explore these pre-conceptions, the workshop was delivered in two parts.

Part 1 explored the theory of video in education and built on this through a discussion of the range of approaches to video in higher education. This discussion was framed around an online resource developed by the facilitators in H5P* which examined real life examples of teaching and learning videos in relation to production values and pedagogical value. Patrick and his colleague Daniella Lehwaldt from the School of Nursing, DCU, shared their experience of working with video as part of the Erasmus + eConnect project, which offered a very practical insight into video for education.

Part 2 involved some practical work with participants were introduced to the storyboarding process, a vital part of the video creation process. This storyboarding exercise was followed by some time to explore the tools/equipment available at DCU for video creation including: GoPro camera; iPads/iMovie; dedicated recording studio with green screen/glass screen; Unicam bespoke video capture platform including editing and screencasting facility; animation tools – Videoscribe. While we had anticipated that each participant would leave the workshop with a short video completed, the practical session evolved based on the needs/interests of the group. In some cases, participants used their storyboards to guide this practical engagement with the tools, in other cases participants spent time simply exploring the various tools. With a really engaged group of participants, the ‘buzz’ in the room was palpable during the practical session. Many thanks to our colleagues for supporting this part of the day: Keith Hickey (School of Engineering) and his trusty intern Liam; Rob Lowney and Mark Glynn (Teaching Enhancement Unit). Thanks also to our guest speaker Daniella Lehwaldt.

The presentation slides are available below. Please feel free to use/adapt but we would ask you to observe the creative commons licensing attached if you do.