Do student-produced videos encourage critical reflection amongst undergraduate computing students?

Martin, Chris; Coleman, Graeme W. and Hughes, Janet (2013). Do student-produced videos encourage critical reflection amongst undergraduate computing students? In: Higher Education Academy: STEM Annual Conference, 2013, Birmingham.

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Abstract

The HEA-funded Let Me Demonstrate (LMD) project involves the development of an internal student-driven video-based application which aims to encourage students to share the results of their learning with their peers in a safe and secure environment. In this paper, we present the results of a related workshop session involving a cohort of undergraduate computing and product design students. The aim of this session was to investigate the extent to which the medium of video can assist students to critically reflect on their learning achievements (in this case, related to a programming course), and to build an awareness of the importance of transferable skills as well as subject-specific technical skills. The results show that students broadly enjoyed the exercise and found it extremely useful, as it helped to put into context the importance of being able to understand and subsequently describe their code to others. However, anxiety and embarrassment associated with the video medium (for example, hearing one’s own voice) combined with relative inexperience in programming (for example, that their perceived lack of knowledge is somehow exposed) and in using video capturing tools indicate that not all students are comfortable with the process and therefore suitable support must be available to ensure that students are able to benefit fully from the activity.

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