It has been a week of academic multimedia . Continue reading
What kicked me off on this audio exploration of academic multimedia? Two things.
First and proximal cause: when I reported that my colleagues and I had been asked if we could give workshops on technology enhanced learning (TEL) the suggestion was scoffed. Why give workshops when you could do a series of three minute talking heads?
But the deeper underlying cause has been my interest in academic multimedia and dialogue – even dialogism – in learning. Continue reading
Learning technologies and technology enhanced learning are not quite the same thing. The position and semantic force of the words is different. Learning as adjective and learning as noun; technology as nominal object and technology as agent of change: learning enhanced by technology.
There is a greater degree of abstraction in TEL, somewhat more particularity in learning technology, especially when pluralised as learning technologies.
Learning technologies are things: tools, software, applications like Moodle and GradeMark or in older days Authorware.
Technology is all these things and more. Continue reading
Academic multimedia. Something other than marks on paper or that virtual page. Academic multimedia covers a range of practices across a spectrum of technologies, which may include:
- automatic recording (audio and sometimes video) of an event primarily designed for a face-to-face audience (e.g. a “normal” lecture, visiting or guest lecture).
- Desk based podcasts, screen casts, vodcast, lectures, talks, webinars, learning objects, blogs and other social media for immediate learning, teaching, feedback and research purposes (That is what this is).
- Live event recording for purposeful post-production of high-quality (TED style) learning and other inspirational objects.
- Light-touch or incidental post production (editing and transcoding) of recordings from many sources.
The text. The traces of thought. Marks somewhere. Ambiguous. Always. Deal with it. Immediacy is elusive: an illusion. Shards of meaning splinter. Reform. Reflect and interpret.
Technology and learning? Certainly.. Technology enhanced learning? I’ll tell you no lies. What’s sauce for the goose only might sauce the gander.
All communication is mediated. This is not a hostile move. From mind to mouth to ear to mind; from eye to eye, from finger to keyboard to waves and wires there is interference. There are filters.
Don’t give me problems! Give me solutions!
Here is one. Stop trying to measure; measure everything. Continue reading