If you know an external speaker who would interest your students you could think about creating an online audio-visual asset or short educational film with them. The asset can be uploaded to your Blackboard site and enjoyed by your students in their own time without you needing to struggle over combined timetables or repeated visits. Similarly, pre-recorded AV makes it easier to incorporate alternative locations for variety and to expand students’ thinking. The case studies below show how UEA academics have exploited these opportunities and their student’s reaction to the resulting delivery blend.
Caister Roman Town
This AV asset was filmed on location by UEA’s Media Production Team to allow Simon Kaner from the school of LDC to introduce his students to Caister Roman Town. As a standalone resource, the film contains information that is of relevance to the students but it also works to facilitate flipped learning. Later on, the students will make a field trip to the Roman town and watching this film before-hand will help them to extract the highest educational value from the visit. Using online material to enhance face to face experiences is the essence of flipped learning and in this particular case the degree of enhancement would have been hard to achieve without the additional use of location.
This short film was made locally in our UEA studios. In making it Henry Sutton from LDC has brought a powerfully inspiring external speaker, Lee Child, to his students. Henry has personalised the interview to UEA and to his particular learning outcomes which increases its value as a resource. A great benefit of using audio-visual in this way is that the film can be drawn upon by successive cohorts of students and across a variety of modules. Without AV it might have been very difficult to synchronise students’ and speaker’s availability and Lee’s input would have been limited to the current cohort of students.