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Lecturer Jennie White presents pioneering pedagogical practice at European Panopto conference

Jennie White

 

UNIVERSITY of Chichester lecturer Jennie White has spoken at a European conference about her pioneering use of video-streaming software Panopto to enhance her students’ learning experience.

Jennie, who specialises in Marketing at the Business School, utilises the platform while teaching by recording assignment briefs to improve students’ understanding of the marking criteria and what she expects from their essays.

More than 300 delegates from across Europe heard Jennie's presentation at the one-day Panopto conference, hosted in London Euston, to share best practices, network, and learn about the latest developments in video for teaching and learning.

As part of her presentation Jennie, a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, explained how she takes past submissions and uses Panopto to record a video commentary on the work, outlining where the student had done well and where they had lost marks.

She said: “When I initially videoed the assignment brief and shared my marking process for the first time, many students hadn’t realised that I always start with the bibliography to see what resources they’ve used to complete their assignment. This has dramatically changed the standard of the scripts that I am currently marking, as the bibliographies are already much richer and the content is therefore far more informed.”

The University lecturer, who leads the BA Marketing as well as BSc and MSc degrees in Digital Marketing, injected a level of active engagement in the assignment process that has not necessarily been possible before and has built on these successes by taking her use of video even further.

She began recording dissertation supervision meetings with her students, so that they do not have to take notes during the session but could instead fully immerse themselves in the conversation. She also live video marks assignments and has created micro lectures and pencasts.

Jennie White leads the BA Marketing as well as BSc and MSc degrees in Digital Marketing

Jennie said this approach to enhancing her pedagogical practice with video has contributed to the University’s marketing degree being named as the third in the UK for student satisfaction in the 2018 NSS survey – a major accolade which positions the course ahead of its direct competitors.  She was recently awarded the University Students’ Union accolade for innovation in teaching, with students citing her varied uses of Panopto as a key reason for nominating and voting for her.

Jennie added: “I have been telling students that this is how I mark for years but this is the first year that I have seen such a quantum leap in the quality of student assignments. I think there is something about seeing the process on a recording that has really helped the message to sink in.”

Conference organisers also filmed a 15 minute video with Jennie on her use of Panopto to assist other academics interested in employing her techniques. The University lecturer was asked to return next year to discuss her plans to develop her use of the video-streaming software.

For more about Jennie White, and her pioneering research in developing digital literacy at the University of Chichester, go to www.chi.ac.uk/staff/jennie-white.