Archive for April, 2013

continuing to research…….

Posted: April 23, 2013 by scottashleydwyer in Weekly feedback

My continued fascination that the Millenials I deal with are saying no to video has lead me to this piece of information.

….. 1 in 5 Millennials have posted a video of themselves online – more than three times that of any other age group. Engage camera-happy Millennials by putting them in the director’s chair. Call for employee-produced videos they can upload to your intranet or dedicated microsite.

So maybe I am dealing with the other 4 that do not post videos of themselves! Interesting.


Thinking aloud…..

Posted: April 18, 2013 by scottashleydwyer in Uncategorized

So… I have started teaching Human Resource Management to a new group of students – these are the two groups that I have briefly discussed before that have a video assessment as a component  of their overall assessment of the subject.

In a tutorial today the students were asking me  what I expected in the video assessment and although the criteria has been given to them, I thought it was an opportunity to conduct some informal research into their feelings about this part of the assessment. Out of 30 students only two said they were comfortable and confident recording a video. About half the group were completely opposed to it…the rest were fence sitters. I asked them why they felt this way and the majority of comments  included  ‘we dont know how to do it’  and ‘we dont like having to watch and hear ourselves’.

I asked if any of them Skyped, and yes most of them did, but they said it was just chatting with friends and it wasnt something that they were going to save and watch back. One student said…on Skype you are not being assessed by your Lecturer.

I have always thought that students did not like to do presentations in front of their peers…but they told me today that this was easier than making a video.  This is another wake up call as I always thought that the prospect of having to stand up in front of peers and  their Lecturer was terrifying for them, but if this group is indicitave of the generation ( and I would have to do a lot of further resaearch to establish this) it is not.

Again, it reinforces (informally,to me,without doing formal research) that this generation I am teaching are not really as confident with themselves and technology, as I thought they were.

So as educators have we missed something?

Our IT people are forging ahead with all sorts of technology that will make for better education, but will it?

I have no answers at this point – I keep threatening to do a PhD and maybe this could be a topic of interest.

I need to keep processing this information- I have to say being part of this trial, albeit on the non technical side, has been a great eye opener for me and all of the colleagues I discuss this with.

I will probably have more ramblings next week….stay tuned.

Results from a real assessment…..

Posted: April 15, 2013 by scottashleydwyer in Weekly feedback

I have received and marked the video assessment from the one and only student who requested to submit this way. The student used hand drawn props to present the information, and it was OK as she is quite the artist. But she was extremely nervous and not that well prepared to do the assessment in one take. I think with instruction of how to edit and seamlessly include other video footage would have provided her with the opportunity to gain more marks for this piece of work. I have just started teaching another subject that has a video as a component of the overall assessment and have, again, had students ask me if it is necessary to show their face on the video. I really cant belive that all this time I have been thinking that this generation were out there and quite the exhibitionists, when they are very reserved and fearful of using technology this way. This is now a common thread that is appearing in all groups I am dealing with.