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Documenting your project in flickr

Flickr.com can be used for documentation of images and text related to project work, data collected as work is done.

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Frances Bell
30 March 2009

blogged at http://francesbell.com/2009/03/30/documenting-your-project-in-flickr/

With student project work, we often demand documentation of products and require some record of the process, often to support the valuable reflection that can maximise student learning.  In a dissertation, one of the most illuminative questions can be What would you have done differently?

Here is an example of the documentation of a craft project - making 2 Ixus camera cases for friends/family.week. I experimented with recording the process on my Flickr.com site. 2 colleagues and I are starting a new ‘Digital Literacy’ style Year 1 undergraduate module, and I wanted to see if this might work for a student activity.

Here are the finished products,

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and the visual project notebook covering  design and process is also on flickr.com. You can view this is a slideshow (best to click Show Info option) at http://www.flickr.com/photos/francesbell/sets/72157616064980620/show/
or visit the set and view the images one by one.

Digital media (particularly once every student has an image/video/audio/internet device in their pocket) should make the capturing of work as it happens very easy.  Blogs (as time-stamped streams of messages) are already used as project diaries, but for work with a visual element, flickr.com is an alternative.  An image of a whiteboard is a much quicker and less formal way of recording decisions and designs agreed in a meeting.  Flickr.com offers images and associated text, with a slideshow for ‘book’ format.  Social network sites offer easy to use methods of combining different media that can be presented streams or feeds.

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