Nottingham Trent University has recently invested in the Lynda.com video-based learning platform. This resource houses a large number of short online courses to support development of a range of technology and creative skills. This action research project focuses on our undergraduate Media Practices students and their practical skills requirements relevant to assessment outcomes. Generating custom playlists of resources from Lynda.com and displaying them in specific NOW Learning Rooms will provide access to high quality and relevant resources that demonstrate practical techniques.
In collaboration with Russell Murray from the Media team, this project will work with 3rd year students as they work towards their dissertation projects, to generate the playlists and evaluate the impact of using these in relation to skill development.
Russell Murray: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Media, School of Arts & Humanities
David Jeckells: Learning Technologies Manager, Learning and Teaching Support Unit, School of Arts and Humanities.
Before generating the playlists, a series of small group discussions and short surveys will be used to ascertain students’ requirements of the online video support resources. We will generate several playlists supporting various degrees of capability and progression for students, then gather feedback on these choices and impact of the videos on student skills development during and post-delivery of the resources playlists.
Outcomes & Dissemination
By the provision of additional and focused support resources our aim is to increase student understanding of key practical techniques and increase their ability for self-directed learning. We will be sharing findings and providing practical support to other Media staff to increase their use and ownership of personal and curated Lynda playlists for their students.
Learning Technologies Manager – Learning and Teaching Support Unit (LTSU)
School of Arts & Humanities – Nottingham Trent University
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