The Effectiveness of Streaming Media Clips in Skills Teaching: A Comparative Study

The Effectiveness of Streaming Media Clips in Skills Teaching: A Comparative Study

Andrew Saxon (Birmingham City University, UK) and Sheila Griffiths (Birmingham City University, UK)
Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-800-2.ch006
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Abstract

In this chapter, we present a small-scale comparative study into the use of streaming media Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs) in skills teaching. We consider the use of streaming digital video clips in the teaching of complex technical skills to Fashion Design students in large class sizes, drawing a comparison with the face-to-face demonstration model in widespread use in our curriculum.
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Skills Teaching

There is little written regarding teaching practical skills to large class sizes in higher education, much of the literature on the teaching of large numbers of students seeks to address the problems associated with teaching theoretical topics within a lecture or seminar setting. Although splitting the larger lecture or seminar class into groups, for small group discussions or solving problems, as seen in Frederick (1987) is commonly advocated, this strategy would not support teaching of the practical or technical areas covered within the Fashion Design course. The main problem in the teaching of this material is the effect of group size on the students’ ability to understand the subject matter being demonstrated.

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