By Matt Gilooly (Learning Technology Media Advisor / Associate Lecturer in Media Production)
Encouraging students to create their own digital media can bring about many benefits. With the rapidly evolving job market and the increasing importance of technology, empowering students to create digital content can provide them with a competitive edge in the future. In addition, incorporating media projects into course content can help students express their creativity and have a voice in their assignments.
To empower students in this way, there are several methods that can be employed. One approach is to offer workshops or alternative assessments that allow students to create graphics, posters, websites, videos, or audio content. By introducing media opportunities in a workshop setting, students can experiment with different techniques and develop their skills in a risk-free environment. Additionally, incorporating digital media projects into assessment processes, such as video essays, podcasts, or academic posters, can give students the chance to highlight their talents and what they have learned in a more engaging way.
Incorporating these media elements into course content can help students stand out and demonstrate their abilities to potential employers, as well as providing them with valuable skills for their future careers. By embracing digital media projects, teaching teams can create a positive learning environment that encourages creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Overall, empowering students to create their own digital media can be a rewarding and effective way to enhance their learning experience and prepare them for the future.
Media-based assessments have proven successful across various programs at the university, from nursing students creating health campaigns using video, audio, and graphics, to acoustic engineering students pitching renewable energy solutions to a case study CEO. While developing these assessments can be challenging, our university’s learning technologists and media advisors are available to assist in the process.
Beginning with a concept, we can help you design an assessment or workshop that fits your students’ skill level, ensuring equity and accessibility for all involved. If you are interested in learning more about how media-based assessments or workshops can empower your students and transform your teaching, please contact Charlotte Gregory-Ellis (Learning Technologist, Curriculum Development) or Matt Gilooly to get started.