Digital video as a pedagogical resource in doctoral education

Rogers, D. and Coughlan, P. (2013) Digital video as a pedagogical resource in doctoral education. International Journal of Research and Method in Education, 36 (3). pp. 295-308. ISSN 1743727X (ISSN)


In recent years, multimedia technologies have become increasingly common in teaching practice. Digital video has provided a welcome alternative to traditional instructional techniques. Though it has been used to facilitate research collaboration [Armstrong, V., & Curran, S. (2006). Developing a Collaborative Model of Research Using Digital Video. Computers & Education 46 (3): 336-347], it remains an under-utilized resource for presentation and research dissemination in doctoral education. The Innovation Academy at Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin has established innovation and entrepreneurship alongside research and education as an integral element of the PhD programme. Since 2010, the Innovation Academy has facilitated the use of digital video within an interactive multidisciplinary learning environment. While enrolled on a Graduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, over 100 doctoral students have planned, shot, edited and presented a short video, 'pitching' their PhD research. This paper details the rationale and process of capturing complex research findings using this medium. We explore the challenges of using video to organize empirical data, visually represent theoretical concepts and evaluate its effectiveness in communicating PhD research to non-expert groups, the wider academic community and potential industry partners. Based on our findings, we reflect on how digital video may be used as a valuable tool for learning in action. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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