Students Teach Others Using Power Of Film

29 September 2011

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Students and staff members involved in creating the PebblePad teaching videos

The videos will guide new students through the process of creating an e-portfolio which goes towards their module Working Towards the Future.

New students will be taken on a step-by-step process of how to create their own unique web presences through the power of film, after a group of students and staff worked together to create a series of helpful film guides.

Students on Derby's Creative Expressive Therapies BA (Hons) degree programme have created a number of video training guides to show future students how they used PebblePad - an e-portfolio system - which gathers all of their work in various formats in one place, and can be sent around the world to apply for jobs or further study.

The students did so as part of a collaborative project led by Judie Taylor, Mental Health and Therapeutic Practice, with the University's Technology Enhanced Learning Team, Jon Walmsley (Media Adviser) and Charlie Davis (Learning Technology Adviser). The Team are part of the wider department for Learning Enhancement and Innovation (LEI).

The videos will guide new students through the process of creating an e-portfolio which goes towards their module Working Towards the Future.

The students involved in the film production have presented their work at a number of conferences including the Ninth ePIC International ePortfolio and Identity Conference and the Pebblegogy Conference 2011.

Third year BA (Hons) Creative Expressive Therapies student, Shevani Raichura, who presented at these conferences said: "With just one year left on my course I'm already starting to think about my future. Having an ePortfolio is going to help me get a job, possibly even overseas, because I will be able store evidence of my learning and then present it in a targeted way to employers - this would not be possible if it was all in paper format.

"I've even uploaded compressed music files into PebblePad; pieces that I had composed myself. These rich pieces of evidence could not be explained to my tutors in a written form very easily so it was good to be able to showcase the recordings alongside my reflection."

You can watch the films on the University's YouTube channel or by following the links below:

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Video Guides

Student Experience

There are two videos with students talking about their experience of using PebblePad in the module:

Staff Guides

There are also two introductory staff guides featuring Charlie Davis.

For more information on the project contact Judie Taylor on email

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