Last week at the University’s annual eLearning Symposium I ran a workshop with my colleague Annalisa Manca and three of our students, Elizabeth Ferris, Scott Kendall and Satoko Orihashi, on students as producers of learning. The workshop proved popular and our students did a super job sharing their experience of developing online learning resources. A few people on Twitter asked if I would share the presentation from the session so here it is.
Elizabeth, Scott and Sato developed their online learning resources as part of a 4 week self-proposed student selected component (SSCs) in January. We’ve just finished another SSC block and Elizabeth has gone on to complete another project creating stop go animations to support teaching in medical ethics. Scott and Sato are working on summer projects developing more learning resources and both are planning on creating more etutorials for their 4th year projects.
It was great to see the students presenting at the workshop and hearing how much they enjoyed the whole SSC experience and also how much they’d learned. This was something that was mentioned when groups were feeding back on the group activity, with several academics highlighting the fact that our students had all said that they had real fun learning. We’ve had similar feedback from our 4th year students who’ve been developing 5 minute teaching videos supported by some multiple choice and open questions as part of their dermatology block assessment. They’ve really enjoyed working together as a group and learning something because they have to develop a teaching resource. Students have also commented that developing a teaching resource seemed much more valuable than the usual essay as they were leaving a useful legacy for other students rather than an essay which once assessed would never be looked at again.
The key for me in involving students as producers is that they not only learn more about a particualr topic because they have to teach it, but they also develop other skills in the process in relation to team working, communication, problem solving and information literacy. Our experience is that we also learn things from the students and it’s great to see them having fun and enjoying learning.