Case studies seem to be increasingly popular with academics to create more student-centred activities. They can assist with developing skills and knowledge within a certain area. Some academics at the University have been creating short case study videos to be used within their students learning and have found that they have been ideal for giving the students practical and real-life examples to explain the theoretical concepts being taught.
This type of video enables students to assess and critique ‘real world’ issues in a safe environment, where there is a lot more room for error, whilst offering the opportunity to give an insight into how professionals would operate in the workplace. The key benefit of this type of video is that it gives students the chance to experience greater interactive participation, allowing students scope for discussions and debate around the issues raised in the videos.
You can create these videos as simply as setting up an interview (or talking head) to create your case study. This could be an expert in the field (or an actor) which the students can then watch and deconstruct the video content.
With the support of the TEL Media team, Hildegard Wiesehofer-Climpson, Senior Lecturer in Marketing, created two business case studies, focussing on the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the National Stone Centre.
The videos were to be used as an introduction for the students who then studied one of the businesses to evaluate their problems and issues and pitched to help to solve these.
Hildegard used the videos within her teaching on various modules and students could use the videos as a base point to then create their presentations about the consumer behaviours seen within the videos.
Also with the support of the TEL Media team, Karin Spenser, Lecturer in Criminology, created a mock video interview with an offender. The video was used as the basis of an assessment for students to explain how major psychological paradigms influence sexual offending.
This is a short sequence of the ‘Criminology Case Study’ for the BA Policing degree. The idea of this video case study was to show the policing students a crime scene, working their way from an arrest of a suspect through to the cross examination in court. The various different sections allow for discussion and debate at the end of each section. This gives the students a greater knowledge base to their learning.
If you would like any further help or guidance with using video case studies within your teaching please contact your Media Adviser.