Academic style with substance: a collaborative screencasting project to support referencing skills

Stagg, Adrian and Kimmins, Lindy and Pavlovski, Nicholas (2013) Academic style with substance: a collaborative screencasting project to support referencing skills. The Electronic Library , 31 (4). pp. 452-464. ISSN 0264-0473

Abstract

Purpose – This paper seeks to report the initial phase of a cross-institutional screencasting project designed to provide digital, multimedia support for referencing skills. Use of screencasting software, with strong educational design, has the potential to reach all learners asynchronously, regardless of mode of study, and this paper focuses on the transferability of the principles and skills in this project to other contexts and institutions.

Design/methodology/approach – The referencing tutorial makes use of dual coding theory to provide an aligned visual and auditory learning experience and is discussed in reference to the current literature. The foundation of the project was collaboration between the academic libraries and lecturers in the field of academic learning skills. The pedagogical and technical design and challenges are discussed, with a view to incorporating feedback into further iterative development stages.

Findings – This paper finds that screencasting has been used to effectively support the development of referencing skills across a diverse student cohort, but recognises that further, in-depth analysis will be required to determine the impact of the project. It also provides an example of a low-cost project which could be replicated by other institutions to positively frame referencing within the context of broader academic writing.

Originality/value – The paper provides an overview of a short project to collaboratively develop a screencast and add value to existing referencing resources (which are predominantly text-based). The design approach situates referencing within an academic writing continuum seeking to explicitly provide a rationale for the mechanics of referencing, whilst also acknowledging the challenges presented by a rapidly changing information environment.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Permanent restricted access to the Published Version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 05:28
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2014 01:18
Uncontrolled Keywords: referencing; Harvard AGPS; screencasting; academic integrity
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0803 Computer Software > 080399 Computer Software not elsewhere classified
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1903 Journalism and Professional Writing > 190303 Technical Writing
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1108/EL-01-2012-0005
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24019

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