Monday, September 28, 2009

Ignorant rules (thing #5)

Recently I was amazed to read the current set of rules displayed in computer labs at Monash University's Faculty of Business and Economics. Included in the list is the following: "No downloading, exchanging and streaming of audio and video files".

I await the day when our IT administrators accept the fact that "audio" and "video" are valid media for teaching and learning. The ignorant assumption that "multimedia equals illegal file sharing" has to be changed - quickly!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Web 2.0 - Students' perspective

As part of the eMarketing unit that I teach, I offered students the opportunity to create an instructional video as part of their assessment. We've been exploring the evolution of the web, so Rick and James created this video, which they also have embedded on their new webpage, with links and references.

I plan to extend my use of video in student assessment over the coming years. Our students are becoming more proficient at creating multimedia work like this, and the process of doing so enhances their understanding of the concepts and theories they are studying.

Have you ever explored the use of student-created video in your teaching? Do you think that it's a good way for our students to learn?

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

23 Things

Earlier this year I suggested that our Department run a "23 Things" program - an online self-directed exploration of Web 2.0 tools. Last week we commenced the program, and now, with a team of colleagues, we are exploring social media and how it can be used in teaching and learning.

Over the next couple of months, I'll be using this blog to share some aspects of my journey. I hope you enjoy it!