On November 7th we hosted the LALT Showcase: Education in a Digital Age event. During the day academics gave presentations on how they have used technology to enhance their teaching. This presentation was related to using Box of Broadcasts – a UK wide service for Higher Education to bolster student engagement by using audio-visual material. Below is a copy of the abstract and the video of the presentation.
The popularity of YouTube, of TED talks and similar services demonstrates the allure of visual media. Television and radio can also be rich sources of audio-visual material for educational purposes. However a number of factors can restrict the use of these resources including: lack of knowledge about what exist, lack of knowledge about how to access the programmes, and lack of knowledge about how these tools might be used (compounded by underlying suspicion about the academic rigour of such assets).
This presentation will demonstrate a variety of ways in which broadcast media has been used to bolster student engagement. Box of Broadcasts, a UK-wide service for Higher Education, will be introduced. We will look as an example at the ‘BiologyOnTheBox’ archive, an open-access resource developed in collaboration with students, graduate interns and academic colleagues from various HEIs. the session will also consider the potential for “viewing lists” which might be included alongside reading lists as para-curricula resources for university teaching.
The “[Subject]OnTheBox” model has been adapted to other disciplines (e.g. History and English) and could readily be used by colleagues from other subjects.