Originally a developer of web solutions for industry, I began working in education fourteen years ago developing eLearning resources to support secondary level education. I moved into the higher education sector after successfully completing an MA in Online and Distance Education with the Open University Institute of Educational Technology. I subsequently gained Certified Membership of the Association of Learning Technology, completed a PG Cert in Academic Practice in Higher Education and was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.
My main area of interest is multimedia supported learning and I am a lead on the University of Wolverhampton Capture Technologies (Panopto) Project. I design and lead staff development opportunities in the use of Panopto and engage in pedagogic research on the impact of capture technologies on student experience, attainment, retention and progression. I believe the term lecture capture is misrepresentative of the potential applications for such a versatile technology, and that its purposeful use could be transformative for learning and teaching diverse groups of students. My Paper “The Value of Capture: Taking an alternative approach to using lecture capture technologies for increased impact on student learning and engagement” discusses the Panopto pilot study at the University of Wolverhampton and suggests a theoretical model recommending a shift in focus away from ‘lecture capture’ and towards purposeful capture for enhancing learning and engagement.
Reports and Publications
Witton, G. (2017), The value of capture: Taking an alternative approach to using lecture capture technologies for increased impact on student learning and engagement. British Journal of Educational Technology, 48: 1010–1019. doi:10.1111/bjet.12470
Witton, G. (2016) Capturing Mature Students – How flexible pedagogies support progression for mature students between levels 4 & 5. HEA Vice Chancellors Strategic Excellence Initiative report. University of Wolverhampton
Witton, G (2015). Using Capture for Learning and Teaching in Science. Part one: From ‘why lecture capture?’ to initial implementation. [online] Panopto.com. Available from: http://panopto.com/blog/lecture-capture-at-university-of-wolverhampton-part-one/
Witton, G (2015). Using Capture for Learning and Teaching in Science. Part Two: Evaluating the capture pilot project and further innovations. [online] Panopto.com. Available from: http://panopto.com/blog/using-lecture-capture-for-learning-and-teaching-in-science-at-the-university-of-wolverhampton/
Witton, G. (2015) Developing a sustainable strategy for capture technologies at the University of Wolverhampton: Pilot 2014/15 Report. University of Wolverhampton
Conferences and Presentations
Witton, G. (2016) Capturing Mature Students – How flexible pedagogies support progression for mature students between levels 4 & 5. HEA Vice Chancellors Strategic Excellence Initiative – Interim Findings. University of Wolverhampton.
Witton, G, Gravestock, P., Green, M. Khechara, M. and Pearson-Jenkins, J. (2016) Different Video Lectures – The experience of the University of Wolverhampton. Centre for Educational Growth, Riga Stradins University, Latvia.
Witton, G. and Green, M. (2015) Capturing Science: Doing Lecture Capture Differently. Panopto User Conference 2015: the future of video for learning. America Square Conference Centre, London.
Grants and Awards
HEA Vice Chancellors Strategic Excellence Initiative. How can we increase progression between levels 4 & 5? October 2015 – June 2016