OTL 201 Post 3 learning activity 1: Harry Potter Explains Resilience

This activity entails learners watching a fun (in my opinion!) video which explores some of the key concepts in the course. The link to this video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN1dD0K0NoM

Following this, I encourage them to post their thoughts on how some of these concepts relate to their own lives and invite them to comment on others’ posts.

This activity fits in with my teaching style because I’ve found that my students quite enjoy quick and somewhat humorous videos related to course content – they say that it helps them recall the information more than if they just read about it.

I don’t have any helpful resources or links…I simply google my topic and then spend some time browsing through various videos until I find one that I find useful. My advice would be to try and have it be slightly humorous (clips from popular movies and TV shows are often a hit) and make sure it’s not too long…if it goes longer than 10 minutes, my students don’t usually watch it.

Here is how I would present the activity to my students:

“One thing you should know about me…I’m a huge Harry Potter fan! You can imagine my excitement when I came across this video about resilience which uses Harry Potter characters and experiences to explain some key course concepts (e.g., risk factors, protective factors). The video is 7 minutes long and can be accessed through this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oN1dD0K0NoM

I’d love it if after watching it you post a response: Think of a time you were resilient; what protective factors helped you get through? Feel free to comment on others’ posts as well!”