Do-it-yourself DVD: a low cost approach to supplementing print materials for distance education

Jones, Peter (2007) Do-it-yourself DVD: a low cost approach to supplementing print materials for distance education. In: Proceedings of the Collaboration for Success in Rural & Remote Education & Training 23rd National Conference SPERA, pp. 91-101. From: 23rd National Rural Education Conference, 30-31 AUG 2007, Perth, WA, Australia.

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Abstract

The delivery of learning content by distance education is a core concern for practitioners and educational organisations that provide services in remote and rural areas. In recent years, much greater emphasis has been placed on the use of Internet technologies for the delivery of such materials. Blackboard, WebCT, streaming video, podcasting, wikis and blogs have all been touted as cutting-edge tools that may be of great value in distance education provision. However, as exciting and full of promise as these developments may be, for educational practitioners working with rural and remote students the reality, according to recent Australian Bureau of Statistics figures, is that as little as 19 per cent of non-metropolitan households may have access to broadband services, limiting the potential use of such technologies and forcing a reliance on print materials. Recent developments in digital video technology, including software for the editing of digital video and the authoring of material in D VD format, have created an opportunity to develop low-cost and time efficient resources that serve as valuable supplements to traditional print materials. Market penetration of DVD player technology is currently estimated at over 70 per cent of households and rising, making the use of DVDs a potentially more equitable choice for distance educators. This paper explores, from a practical perspective, the use of 'do-it-yourself' DVDs as a supplement to print-based materials for distance education. A case study describes the production of a DVD on an exceptionally small budget (of both time and money) for use in a distance education subject that forms part of the social work degree course at James Cook University. The initiative was evaluated, and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from students is related. A discussion of the implications for the use of this technology in distance education follows.

Item ID: 3171
Item Type: Conference Item (Refereed Research Paper - E1)
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ISBN: 0-9775493-1-3
Date Deposited: 14 Oct 2009 04:33
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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