What is your name?
What and where do you teach?
I teach in the school of business in CIT. I teach project management, IT management and Strategic management modules
What technology did you use for teaching and learning?
I used screen casting software to prepare short youtube clips for my students. The clips supported the computer lab sessions on a project management module.
What appealed to you about using this technology for teaching and learning?
It enabled the student to revise the work done in the computer lab. It also allowed the more experienced students establish if they had the skills required for the lab assessment.
How do you use this technology with students?
It is a supporting resource available to my students as well as the lab sessions. The students use the videos to prepare for the lab exam. Additionally it means many students can revise without downloading and installing the free trail version of the MSProject – they use the videos instead.
What do you think are the main benefits to using this technology?
The weaker students have a resourse that allows them prepare for the lab exam. The stronger students can use their time more strategically.
What do you think are the main drawbacks to using this technology?
There are no drawbacks for the student – they can chose to use the resource or not. For the lecturer there is an upfront time investment but the return on this investment is felt over a number of semesters / academic years. A further challenge is when Microsoft / CIT upgrade the software, if there are significant differences then the videos may need to be re-recorded. This is a challenge.
What advice would you have for someone looking to use this technology with students?
Try one video first – once you get one done it is easy to keep going! The students love it so the feedback will motivate you.