ERIC Number: ED217497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Just One Version of Reality: Using Television Case-Studies in University Courses.
Brown, Duncan H.
Although Britain's Open University employs television case studies resembling the documentaries seen on general service television as part of its multimedia distance learning system, evaluations of the program have shown that many students were unable to achieve the learning objectives put forth by the program producers. Because of production pressures, there was a tendency for the program producers to concentrate on the content rather than on the learning process. Even if the producers were perfectly clear about the learning process they wanted to initiate, students also had to know what they were expected to do with the material and why. Open University is now using five approaches to help students make better use of the television case studies: (1) more extensive materials to support the television programs; (2) supplemental television programs broadcast early in the course to help students develop an analytical approach to the case study component of the course; (3) audiocassettes to follow up television case studies; (4) training packages with videotaped extracts from a range of programs, an accompanying handbook, and specially prepared exercises; and (5) restructuring the case study programs so that help for the students is included in the basic structure. More of the explanatory frameworks in which a program's version of reality was constructed should be revealed to the students. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Great Britain; Media Use; Television Documentaries
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Communication Association (32nd, Boston, MA, May 2-5, 1982).