Higher education institutions worldwide face a series of challenges related to the diversity and needs of the student body. Learners are increasingly expecting a wider repertoire of teaching styles and approaches from their lecturers and indicate their desire to process and present work in ways other than the traditional text based assessments. The development of digital video in recent years, along with the various tools and mechanisms which enable it to be shared and distributed easily (e.g. YouTube) promise to realize some of the aspirations learners in higher education express about alternative pedagogies and assessment opportunities. However the literature in this field suggests the use of video (as with television before it) is a largely passive medium when it is employed as an instructional device. This seminar will explore the development of a project within the higher education sector in the UK which has been commissioned by the Joint Information Services Committee (JISC) to design exemplar materials which stimulate and engage users in the use of digital video archives. This specific project investigates the use of a news film video archive (NewsfilmOnline: http://newsfilm.bufvc.ac.uk/) which is due to be launched to the community in spring 2008. The seminar will consider how the team at the University of Hull have conceptualized the use of digital video archives in higher education and will share the initial feedback from practitioners about a framework they have developed to engage learners in more analytical thinking when video is employed. Examples of clips and teaching strategies will be used to illustrate the presentation along with a few practical examples to engage participants and to share conversations and experiences around this theme. Although the project that forms the basis of this seminar is drawn from a higher education context the authors are confident that many of the principles (and indeed the framework) are equally applicable in the compulsory sectors of education. For further details about this project see: http://hullnewsfilm.wikispaces.com/
Kevin Burden: is director of Cascade, a multimedia evaluation and development centre based in the University of Hull. He has worked on several national and international projects relating to the development of teaching and learning resources using digitally rich media. These include, New Directions in Digital Media (a project pioneering the use of DVD in classrooms, sponsored by Nesta) The Good Guide to Interactive Whiteboards (Nesta sponsored award) , The Evaluation of the Becta Digital Assets Project, 2002-2004 and the BBC LearnXpress project which promoted the use of BBC clips library in schools across the sub-region. More recently he has focused on projects in the higher education sector of the UK and is currently working on a project to develop exemplar materials for the use of digital video archives (see http://hullnewsfilm.wikispaces.com/) Kevin teaches on a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules which develop the pedagogic use of new technologies to support learning. He supports a wide range of staff across campus in the use digital media and digital video in particular. Examples include the use of video in science teaching, business school and English literature. Kevin has presented on this theme at a number of national and international venues including Hong Kong University, the University of Technology, Sydney, JISC annual conference and Becta Research conference.