Audio-visual broadcasts are an invaluable but often undervalued resource in education, providing students with the chance to do more than just stare at endless journals. They let students engage with a wide range of topics, bringing their chosen subject to life in front of their very eyes. There’s such a huge wealth of material out there to cover all subjects, so whether you’re teaching ancient history or modern-day psychology, there’s something there to help teach, guide and inspire students. As broadcasting has developed, so too has the content that it creates and in an age where we have everything at our fingertips, using audio-visual elements is the logical way to evolve our learning process.
This is why we are currently reaching out to educators from across the country – we want to find out more about how you use broadcast material in the lecture theatre, and what we can do to help enhance that experience.
We’ve had the immense pleasure of interacting and working with a handful of these educators and the students that they teach over the past few months. Whether we’ve met at exhibitions or interacted online, it’s always encouraging to hear about the new and interesting ways in which broadcast materials are being used, especially in HE.
But how can audio-visual clips in the lecture theatre be innovative? It’s easy to think that the only way to use these materials is to show a clip on a slideshow and move on. This is a great use of these broadcasts, of course, but it’s not the only way. Take Dr Ian Turner, for example. Dr Turner is the Associate Professor in Learning and Teaching at the University of Derby, and he uses clips from Sir David Attenborough’s programmes to teach about the effective use of narration in scientific communication. The interesting thing is that he does it by turning the sound off, silencing Attenborough’s melodious tones and asking his students to write their own scripts for the scene. The clip is then replayed later with the sound back on to compare and contrast the pieces.
You can check out the full details of Ian’s method on our website’s Ideas & Guides page, along with plenty of other ideas and examples written by us and the wonderful people that we meet.
There are also a lot of great ways of finding audio-visual resources — our Members’ catch up services are always at your disposal, as is our brand-new search tool, which makes it easier to narrow down your search. Alternatively, there are a number of third-party solutions; Box of Broadcasts (BoB), ClickView, and Planet eStream also offer their subscribers access to thousands of recordings that can be used under the licence.
So, what does the future hold? Well, for starters, the BBC is planning on opening up their archives, making a more expansive collection of broadcasts available. Perfect for those of you looking for older and rarer content. As for ERA, we’ll still be continuing to find out as much as we can about you and what you want from us, so please get in touch with us via email if you want to meet with us or have any great ideas that you’d like to share.
About the Author
Helena Djurkovic has been CEO of the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) since June 2017. She began her career as a strategy consultant with the LEK Partnership before moving into senior strategy and leadership roles in the media and education sectors. Her experience spans the private, charitable and non-profit sectors having worked for Pearson, Reed Elsevier, the Institute for Government and the Political Studies Association. She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and a Masters in Public and Private Management from Yale University.