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Using video as a form of artistic communication: preparing for undergraduate assessment in Initial Teacher Education (ITE)

Dockerty, Kelly


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Mrs Kelly Dockerty
Senior Lecturer in Education and Director of Education and Student Experience


In a fast-evolving Higher Education (HE) landscape amid the COVID-19 Pandemic the need for a Lecturer in Education to be dynamic and innovative with assessment pedagogy is no longer a desired skill but mandatory. In response to the demand from students as consumers and other key stakeholders, our innovative and somewhat artistic license in the learning context. At the student-facing edge of HE, Lecturers react to the ever-changing landscape with dynamism to positively impact on the student experience. These continued efforts to provide the best student experience, enables HE institutions to remain competitive with Initial Teacher Education (ITE) provision as part of a cutthroat consumer driven marketplace. This article will present how video as a form of artistic communication supported year one ITE students to make sense of institutional assessment methods. Qualitatively this research was focused on student perceptions gathered through a questionnaire. Student accounts expressed overwhelmingly that the use of video as a form of communication was easier to understand than written formats. The article concludes that to support a diverse student population at a distance and online, a choice of artistic assessment formats including video should be provided. The evidence herein shows that both student understanding and outcomes of assessment were statistically improved and that the format itself facilitated a willingness to engage online in a purposeful way with assessment. Students also repeatedly revisit assessment materials embedded in a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).


Dockerty, K. (2021). Using video as a form of artistic communication: preparing for undergraduate assessment in Initial Teacher Education (ITE). Research on Education and Media, 12(1), 22-33.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 22, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 16, 2021
Publication Date 2021-06
Deposit Date Jan 30, 2021
Publicly Available Date Oct 27, 2022
Journal Research on Education and Media
Print ISSN 2037-0830
Publisher Sciendo
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 1
Pages 22-33
Keywords Artistic communication; Video; Pedagogical innovation; Assessment methods; COVID-19; Online
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