Why we did it

Overall aims

The project aimed to work collaboratively to create a workflow which allowed tutors to provide students with access to feedback they could flexibly use to support their learning at times and in place of their choosing. It was envisaged that this workflow, or aspects of it, could be adapted by tutors within the University of Derby and beyond it to meet their needs and those of their students. A key consideration of the project was the need to create visual resources for students who worked in a very visual medium. Our aim was to create resources and processes which were accessible to them in terms of their individuals learning needs and abilities. Prior to creating the resources, the tutor, Ann, ensured that every aspect of what we did was accessible, and where potentially was not, reasonable adjustments were made to meet individuals student needs.

Ann’s aims

Ann wanted to create resources which the students could access before sessions, during them and after them to support their knowledge and skills development. She wanted the students to be able to access the video resources through the University’s VLE where and when they wanted. Ann believed that providing students with access to reusable resources encouraged them to see their learning as a continuous process without beginning or end. On a personal level, she wanted to explore further the role technology could potentially play in enhancing the student learning experience. Ann believes that is important to keep abreast of new technology developments in education as she believes technology has the potential to change learning, teaching and assessment practices.

Charlie’s aims

Charlie wanted to create a workflow utilising the central systems available with the University of Derby to make available to students flexible models of practice. Underpinning his needs and wants was a commitment to an ethos of making use of what was available to support tutors and students. It was for this reason that Blackboard and Panopto played such central roles in the workflow which was eventually created. This also served to highlight how aspects of the University’s Threshold Standards (http://www.derby.ac.uk/lei/tel/creating-learning-materials/threshold-standards) for good VLE practice could be realised. Of particular focus where the Improving assessment and feedback (http://www.derby.ac.uk/lei/tel/assessing-students ) strand of the policy.

Rob’s aims

Rob saw a role for Panopto beyond capturing lectures, particularly with mobile devices to increase the potential for resources to be created and utilised across a range of spaces. He saw the project as an opportunity to explore further the potential of Panopto, within Blackboard, as a way to create visually rich resources and to ensure the security of student data. Rob also wanted to harness the potential he felt tablets such as the iPad offer tutors with opportunities to capture ‘Now moments’ of student-tutor interactions so as to provide students with opportunities to use feedback to support future development. Another of Rob’s aims was to use technologies such as the visualiser with Panopto to capture real-time demonstrations of activities the students were being asked to engage with. He felt this could potentially allow tutors to share their knowledge and skills in clear well articulated ways.