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Experimenting with a pedagogy of creativity and openness: multimedia for learning in computing and ICT
This cloud presents a short video created for the OU 2010 Conference...
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18 June 2010
This cloud presents a short video presentation created for the OU 2010 Conference Learning in an open world. It describes work being carried out as part of the development of the new IT and Computing course TU100 My Digital Life (out in October 2011).
TU100 incorporates the use of multimedia, open content and Web 2.0 tools in teaching and assessment. The materials presented here relate to Part 1 of Block 4, which introduces multimedia in a creative and practical way. Students will be asked to create their own short presentations to share and discuss with others, and the various activities around their presentations will contribute directly to assessment of their work in the block.
The course materials
The video-making is developed as the preparation of a response to Michael Wesch's The Machine is Us/ing Us (embedded below). The text explores some aspects of my reading of Wesch's video, in particular, around the idea of 'futures', picking up on a fundamental point: that we've all got a role to play in creating the future rather than only prophesying about it ('futurology').
In this way, while introducing some basic image and sound manipulation processes, we're also exploring broader issues related to borrowing, remixing and sharing materials on the Web, with a view to get students thinking about what is at stake (in terms of, for example, copyrights) and where this may all be heading.
The video prepared as part of the course materials includes a soundtrack put together from piano samples taken from the FreeSound Project and some recordings of my daughter's voice, as well as images chosen from the Creative Commons pool in Flickr. The conference contribution uses a soundtrack (already a remix) from ccMixter. Students in the course will be given a Media Database compiled from various open content sources.
At this point, a Take 1 of the course video is available that needs a bit of work to incorporate useful feedback from others (and some improvements to the audio track). However, one of the points of the Part is to illustrate that it's possible to do interesting work without masses of expertise of expensive equipment. Perfection in a 'professional' sense isn't what we're after: we're after getting people thinking and engaged in a creative way.