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LSIS Research Development Fellowship (RDF) projects 2011-2012: Shooting the Messenger: An investigation into the effectiveness of using video production technology to improve teaching and learning

Principal focus of the project

The research focused on three lessons for learners with Profound and Complex Learning Difficulties (PCLD) where video was used to highlight specific elements of the lessons and allowing learners to use video recording equipment to engage with the lesson directly.

What is this about and what were the main findings?

The research found that the learners had very different reactions to both using video and being videoed, with some learners reacting negatively to observing themselves on video. Both staff and learners needed to ensure they were fully familiar the camera's operation for the lessons to proceed as planned. Staff members confidence was also shown, if in an unfounded manner, to be affected by their self-perception of using the technology. Video editing also supported pre-loading the learners with a preview of a successful task ahead of their own attempt.

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Number of participants who worked with the project
Name(s) of authors

Chris Beer - Central Sussex College

Name of associate programmes

LSIS Research Development Fellowship


A case study exploring the use of video production in lessons by non-media teachers as a teaching and learning tool to engage learners with special educational needs to achieve their objectives.

Resource Type: Case study, Report