Published on May 9, 2008
Student-created Media Duncan McHugh & Morgan Reid The Learning Centre LFS Community Meeting May 6th, 2008 Putting Digital Tools into Students' Hands
Podcasting AGRO 461 Andrew Riseman Blogging AGRO 315, David Fraser Digital Storytelling AGSC 496, Cathleen Nichols Learning Centre Pilots
Podcasting AGRO 461 Andrew Riseman
Blogging AGRO 315, David Fraser
Digital Storytelling AGSC 496, Cathleen Nichols
･ Mostly re-purposing lectures ･ Useful, not very dynamic Academic podcasting
･ Cross-campus collaboration The PEPI Group
･ Engaging their research in a new way ･ Improving their communication skills ･ Expressing themselves using digital tools ･ Spreading their message to a broader audience Agroecology students
･ What makes a story Journalism seminars Kathryn Gretzinger Alfred Hermida
･ How to get good recording ･ The use of audio recorders ･ Basic audio editing ･ Copyright awareness Technology workshops
･ Audacity Tools
･ M-Audio 24/96 microtrack recorders Tools
･ M-Audio 24/96 microtrack recorders ･ iPod Nanos & XtremeMac MicroMedia mics Tools
･ The learning curve (and willingness) to learn new technology, esp. in the face of heavy courseloads ･ Establishing and maintaining resources ･ Creating a rubric for evaluation Student expectations
What were the results?
“ Creating a podcast that tells a story is entirely different from writing a report. Creating a podcast is, dare I say it, fun! Learning about how to hunt a story is like learning to hunt for a mysterious animal, adept at hiding, but powerless against a friendly interviewer with well-timed, well thought-out, open-ended questions. The search for a story takes the project creator out of their windowless dorm room or stuffy apartment , and away from their computer (for the time being). Podcast story hunting takes the author character hunting, forcing them to contact people they may not otherwise meet, interacting with them one-on-one, building a rapport, and learning to ask the right questions to delve deeper into what their character might have to say. Interviewing this character forces the podcast author to become a listener .” - AGRO 461 student
･ Heritage Apple Orchard ･ Landed Learning Project Student podcasts
･ Another technology fad or a maturing tool? Blogs for teaching and learning (5-7 minutes)
･ (What are blogs?) and Why use them? … blogs…
… blogs... ･ Dr. David Fraser’s Animal Welfare course (AGRO 315) In the Faculty's popular third-year Animal Welfare course (AGRO 315) each student researches an original term paper (topics range from Avian Influenza to thoroughbred racing) and presents their findings to the class. One example: Arielle McKeown (Animal Welfare, 3rd year) http: //blogs . landfood . ubc . ca/horsewelfare ･ A local example:
… blogs. "The class enjoyed this form of communication, and the students acquired a skill that will serve them well in the future.” Dr. David Fraser
･ Part of AGSC 496 ･ Two students ･ Self-reflection using all manner of digital media Digital Storytelling
･ Audacity ･ Photoshop ･ iMovie ･ Microphones ･ Cameras & camcorders ･ Multimedia Lab in the Learning Centre Digital Storytelling Tools
･ Learning curve for technology ･ Strain on students ･ Evaluation rubric ･ Copyright concerns ･ Workflow Challenges
Thanks! Morgan Reid morgan . [email_address] .ca Duncan McHugh duncan . [email_address] .ca
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