On the last day of the recent AUC Create World Conference held at Griffith University in Brisbane, a panel of techno-creative talkaholics (Profs Paul Draper (GU), Phil Long (UQ) and yours truly … that’s me in the middle of the photo … gathered under the wise facilitation of Prof Roly Sussex (UQ). Our topic was Conjectures in Digital Aesthetics … and conjure we did. We’re in glorious video by the way, and the hour long session is split into three handy, downloadable mp4 files.
If you’re keen … and even if I say so myself, and despite the title, the topic was fun to wrangle, … why not check it out. Would love your feedback.
While you’re there, see what you make of some of the other podcast/vodcast sessions from Create World 2008.
Cinematic Theatre. Marwell Presents (Steven Maxwell and Brad Jennings) talk about their productions and the conventions used in what they call ‘cinematic theatre’ or the blending of live action and video.
Using iWeb as a tool for e-portfolios. Jenny Mundey talks about the way pre-professionals in training can prepare their portfolios to show their ability to reflect upon their professions-to be.
I’ve embedded a small 6 and a half minute sound file below. I produced it quite quickly about around a year ago in response to a request from Sue Waters, a Higher Ed colleague in Perth, WA. She wanted some feedback from others who were dipping their toes or leaping into the deep-end of the big e-learning pool at the time.
In my response I talked informally about why I believed e-learning to be useful, how I went about integrating it into my own learning and teaching methodology, and what I experienced in my use of various applications and services. It was a quick response, but in listening to it again I was reminded that the more things change, the more they remain the same. I can’t quite remember why I responded this way, though I think at the time I was producing podcasts for a lecture series I was teaching at the time. My digital recorder was on the table, so I picked it up and away I went.
I brought the file out of the archives today because I was intrigued by some of the discussions I picked up via a Twitter stream earlier this week. It’s conference time all over Australia right now and during the past couple of weeks, colleagues have been reporting on the sessions being held in various e-learning focussed gatherings. One of these was the ASCILITE 08 Conference in Melbourne, which has been exploring the ways and means of Web 2.0 … do we still call it that … as a way of facilitating teaching and learning. Some of the tweets talked about many of the ideas I had touched upon in this small podcast. I was left wondering whether we had moved along in our thinking over a year or more; the issues and discoveries seemed to be the same as they were back then.
Well of course we have moved along; it takes time to integrate the new into the tried and true. I am mindful that many more colleagues are now either more confident, engaged or striking out in the wake of the early adopters of learning technologies. And of course, not all are willing … many have been forced by their administrative masters to do so. It’s a funny old business this.
For what it is worth, here was my thinking from mid-2007.
I normally do not cross-post from one blog to another. However this one may well be of interest to readers of this blog. In its original context on my other blog Expressive Plus, the post focusses on presentation skills. Here, it highlights one of the side-effects of the proliferation of social media … the growing awareness and caution by those in the public eye to their increasing visibility.
The conversation evolved from an initial video post ‘Al Gore Talks About TV’ made by Cathy Brooks, head of business development at Seesmic. Cathy is based in San Francisco, and was at the Web 2.0 Summit at which Al Gore presented late last week. I joined the conversation and sent back a comment on the former Presidential candidate’s solid grasp of the use of Web 2.0 digital technologies and social networking applications. Cathy’s (clip 3) in response to me contained some surprising observations on Mr Gore’s presentation skills during the Summit. They raise a few key considerations for anyone who gets up before an audience to make a presentation.Presentation and Authenticity: Al Gore at the Web 2.0 Summit, Nov 2008