Engaging teachers (and students) with media streaming technology: the case of Box of Broadcasts

Holmes, Vicki; Clark, Wilma; Burt, Paul and Rienties, Bart (2013). Engaging teachers (and students) with media streaming technology: the case of Box of Broadcasts. In: Wankel, Laura and Blessinger, Patrick eds. Increasing student engagement and retention using mobile applications: smartphones, Skype and texting technologies. Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education (Vol 6d). Bingley: Emerald Publishing Group Limited, pp. 211–238.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/S2044-9968(2013)000006D010

URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/books.htm?issn=2044-...


Information and Communication Technology offers powerful Web 2.0 tools that can benefit learners with different learning preferences. The rise of video streaming, the increased proliferation of ‘on demand’ televisual media and new smartphone streaming opportunities have generated a range of web-based media that may usefully support teachers and learners in accommodating these varied learning styles. At the same time, media streaming technologies such as YouTube have distinct drawbacks for students, teachers and their institutions, particularly in relation to appropriate content and the ethical issues around the uploading of student materials to a public repository.

Two studies are reported. In Study 1, two case studies of how teachers engaged students with a media-streaming system called Box of Broadcasts (BoB) are discussed using principles of design-based research. The result from the first case study indicated that BoB provided an improved efficiency for teachers who filmed students’ presentations in a second language. The second case study illustrated how the integration of BoB into their classroom teaching led a psychology teacher to think differently about students and the design and delivery of teaching and learning resources. In Study 2, the use of a qualitative semi-structured interview approach with eight teachers indicated that staff felt that BoB was beneficial in supporting pedagogic practice. Furthermore, staff highlighted the opportunities for dialogue about theory, reality and practice that video materials offered to students as added value. Key limitations for some staff in their use of BoB as a support for video-enriched pedagogic practice were the restricted level of available content on BoB, some difficulties relating to the skills required for creating and using clips and technical stability when using clips.

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