Issue 4
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Charles Darwin University
E-news
International Graduate Centre of Education researcher and lecturer Dr Brendon Hyndman
International Graduate Centre of Education researcher and lecturer Dr Brendon Hyndman

GoPro lessons give online students new perspective

By Katie Weiss

GoPro video cameras are bringing online health and physical education students closer to the action on CDU’s Casuarina campus. 

International Graduate Centre of Education researcher and lecturer Dr Brendon Hyndman said he was trialling an innovative method of teaching online students, which would provide point-of-view vision to assist in simulating the physical and practical nature of health and physical education classes.

Dr Hyndman said that both he and a student would wear GoPros during on-campus classes to provide online students with a closer look at the instruction.

“To date, there has been little use of simulation learning methods for those externally enrolled in online health and physical education teacher education,” he said.

“Using the GoPro, we will record participation in the physical activities, which will later be uploaded for students online.”

Dr Hyndman said the GoPro vision would assist online students in remote locations to further engage with action-based practical content, which has traditionally been difficult to capture.

“It is important for externally enrolled pre-service teachers to have learning experiences that imitate the diverse physical activities and characteristics of those able to attend practical classes on campus,” he said.