Study skills in 30 seconds? STUDYSmarter’s ‘30-Second Academy’ and the development of online video resources for academic support

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As current shifts in tertiary education encourage greater focus on the provision of online and digital resources, the need for short, accessible and engaging video content around transition and academic skills is growing. This paper looks at how UWA’s Academic Support unit, STUDYSmarter, responded to the need for digital video content by creating a range of short, shareable and visually-engaging online study skill videos called the 30-Second Academy. Since these videos were created in April 2014 they have had over 5500 views on YouTube, and have been shared on Facebook and used in different presentations around the university. Each video is under two minutes, and presents a useful or practical study skill or tip, sometimes tying in to different events such as Science Week, Careers Week and Study Break. Simple software, including Powerpoint, Camtasia Studio and VideoScribe have been used, as well as experimentation with different techniques such as stop-motion photography, live filming, simple animation, and time-lapse. This presentation will outline how these resources were developed and show some examples of the techniques used, as well as discussing some of the pedagogical issues around the creation of digital video content for tertiary teaching and learning. Keywords: online learning, digital resources, videos, YouTube, UWA, academic skills
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2015
Event24th WA Teaching & Learning Forum 2015: Teaching and Learning Uncapped - The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia
Duration: 29 Jan 201530 Jan 2015
Conference number: 24


Conference24th WA Teaching & Learning Forum 2015


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