Dr Monica Chavez is a tutor at Liverpool International College (LIC) and loves teaching with technology to enhance her students’ learning experience. Here she discusses the latest digital tool she has been using in her classroom.
I am the module coordinator and Digital Skills for Academic Purposes tutor at LIC. This means that I design online teaching and learning materials so that our students have a more interactive study experience. These materials and methods include: weekly online quizzes with instant feedback on students’ responses, forums for posting answers, and an online work submission tool.
Last year I had the great pleasure of teaching a group of 12 students on my course. During the first 6 weeks, I asked them to use a video creation tool called Spark Adobe to help them learn about digital media.
Benefits of teaching with technology
Research shows that there are many benefits of multimedia projects, including improved research and organisational skills and increased interest in the subject matter. As well as this, it encourages better synthesis, analysis, evaluation and presentation of information.
I wanted to show my students how to create a video, and I used this project as a new form of assessment. During class, students learned crucial skills for producing a digital story, such as online research skills, planning and storyboarding, writing a script, and using Spark Adobe to put all of the elements together.
One of my students shared his experience of using this technology and the value of developing his digital skills:
“… to be honest, before doing a digital story I knew nothing about the digital world and how referencing and copyright work… after creating my digital story in class I had a better idea… it really helped me a lot because before I didn’t even know how to record, and now I know how to make a video and that is really good progress…”
The use of Spark Adobe was carefully aligned with the module’s learning outcomes, so that students could achieve results from effective use of technology in the classroom. It is worth pointing out that the world of e-learning is fast-paced and new technologies are created all the time, so it’s important to consider whether a certain technology is suited to a particular module.
After gathering students’ feedback, I was pleased to hear that most of them could see the value of the skills they learned, as well as the benefits of creating digital media for academic purposes.
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