First research seminar for 2009 a success

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 29-4-2009

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus recently hosted the first Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) seminar for 2009.

HERDSA serves the needs of teachers, researchers, students, administrators and those concerned with the present and future higher education. Their branch in Western Australia runs a series of seminars, called Scholarship Profiled, allowing all WA academics to share their research in higher education.

The first seminar was presented by Mr Paul Rycroft, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Health and Physical Education at Notre Dame.

The research topic - Using video analysis software to develop teaching performance and reflective practice in university students - was the focus of the talk.

This research was conducted through a project developed by researchers from Physiotherapy, Health and Physical Education, Education, Nursing and Counselling (PHENC).

Mr Rycoft spoke on how the project explored interactive video analysis to develop learning and assessment of university students’ practical and communication skills.

“The purpose of this one year project was to study the inclusion of interactive video analysis as a teaching and assessment tool. Its aim was to improve student learning and the assessment of practical and professional skills in five undergraduate professional programs,” said Mr Rycoft.

Director, Institute for Health and Rehabilitation Research at Notre Dame, and project leader of the PHENC Project, Associate Professor Beth Hands said, “students found the process of observing, coding and reflecting on video footage of their performance of practical skills very motivating and empowering.”

“The project is set to continue and we will be having further presentations of our findings.”

“We are now developing a simpler web-based program that will facilitate access to the process. The possibilities for a wider application of this process are enormous, so we are now inviting other Universities to participate in a trial of the program.”

If you are interested in being involved please contact Associate Professor Beth Hands on bhands@nd.edu.au or 9433 0206.

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Rebecca Cassidy 08 9433 0611, 0408 959 138