Students as Producers Overview

During 2013-2014 we worked with academic departments to support their students in designing learning experiences and making learning resources that will be of benefit to themselves and their peers in current and subsequent cohorts. The project was funded by the Westfield Fund for Enhancing the Student Experience until the end of August 2014. Project examples below. To find out more, contact Tim Morgan

Augmented reality in Dentistry

Melisa, one of our dental students is working with  Ben Roberts the Dental Electronic Resources Manager and Dr Chan and together they are exploring how Augmented Reality can be used to enable students to access context relevant  information and to assess their understanding.

Augmented Reality learning resource developed in Dentistry

Parkinsons Drug Mechanisms

The Parkinsons Drug Mechanisms video was created by Pushpa, a first year dental student. It takes the key concepts from one of the Pharmacology seminars and condenses them into a 5 minute animation. It is aimed at First year dental students.

Animated learning resource developed in Dentistry

Understanding Spanish grammar

Dr Mar Encinas-Puente from Languages, Linguistics and Film observed that after returning from their year abroad many of her Latin American Studies students, having left with a good grasp of Spanish grammar, struggle with some of the basic principles. In this their first ever video, fourth year students Jasmin and Lauren explain one of these basic principles

Understanding Spanish grammar - Spanish language students

Moodle book and glossary enables easy navigation (EECS)

Third year programming students Ben and Joanna considered Dr Matthew Huntbach’s course notes to be key documents in understanding the Algorithms and Data Structures in an Object-Oriented Framework module.  However they felt that the HTML formated text was often difficult to navigate. They felt if it this information was broken down into manageable chunks that this would be would be of great help to other students. Dr  Huntbach’s content was re-formatted using a Moodle book. The students used chapters to organise the information as well as a Moodle glossary to enable the user to hyperlink through to relevant sectons.

Using video to capture and convey programming concepts (EECS)

Dr Paul Curzon felt that if students could articulate what they had just learnt to others that this would be a great test to their understanding, and in addition would create a resource that other students could benefit from. This 'by students for students' approach was realised through the ‘Big Brother Video Booth’ and students were encouraged to enter and explain to camera what it was that they had just learnt.

Using video to capture and convey programming concepts - understanding arrays

Effective team working - how to deliver a successful project video

During the EECS module Professional and Research Themes (ECS402U) students are tasked with creating a resource that explains technical concepts in a language that non-technical people would understand. The project requires numerous skills such as research, planning, and team working. The two videos below were created by separate groups who had created outstanding project videos. These videos explain how they worked successfully as a team to achieve their goal.

Effective team working - additional video available at:

The project is no longer accepting new project proposal applications, however the bullet points below indicate the starting point for some of the projects as well as the benefits offered to students who participated.

If I want to get involved where do I start?

  • Often an academic identifies an area of the module that students typically find challenging or a student has an idea of how a particular aspect of the module can be demystified or enhanced.
  • Typically a group of students will work collaboratively to create the resource
  • The resource is reviewed by the academic and made available via QMplus.

Why participate?
Participating students receive

  • a financial reward
  • experience to add to their CV
  • feedback and certificate of achievement
  • the chance to learn new skills
  • potential opportunity to speak at an external learning and teaching conference

To find out more information or to get involved, contact Tim Morgan

To get involved fill in the in the expression of interest form: Download the Word document  and good luck!  project form.docx

Differentiation notes

Integration notes