Rebels Up the Front

4 mins reading ‘No one listens to experts anymore…’ These words were spoken by Tracey Slatter, Managing Director at Barwon Water, at a recent Geelong Communications and Marketing Professionals Network event sponsored by the City of Greater Geelong. The sentiment matches something that I – and no doubt countless others – have been grappling with…

Finding New Ways

6 mins reading We need to get better at telling stories. These words were spoken recently by a manager in the teaching and learning space to a large group of tertiary educators. The immediate context was Virtual Reality, though I have a feeling the statement was intended to apply more broadly. No one in the…

An Audience of One

7 mins reading Over the years I’ve occasionally found myself describing to students what might be termed a ‘hierarchy of value’ in regards to peer-to-peer interactions. This sounds very problematic on the face of it, but hear me out. To paraphrase myself: If you like a peer’s tweet, that’s okay. If you follow their account…

Taking Stock

3 mins reading Seven weeks ago I created the Digital Learning with @digitalzones website. Back then – just a blink in time, but in another sense difficult to recall – I had no idea what would come of this. I remember being honest enough with myself to admit there was a good chance I would…

Copyright Matters

3 mins reading and ?? mins viewing/listening So a few days ago a student told me about a media-making assessment task they’ve undertaken in another unit that places no importance on the issue of copyright. Students are essentially allowed to do whatever they want within this video project, with free reign afforded in terms of…

Small Things

4 mins reading Today the small country town of Kyneton said goodbye to Dordy. The last surviving sibling of a family of nine children, with many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren of her own, Dordy passed away peacefully at 91 years of age. Her name isn’t actually Dordy though; it’s Doreen, and she lived an inspiring…

Eduveillance

3 mins reading and ?? mins viewing Eduveillance. I don’t know if it’s technically a word, but I like it. The term has a ‘breadth’ to it, suggesting it covers a range of phenomena – and it needs to. Eduveillance is a vast, complex subject, and I thought I’d use this post to touch briefly…

Don’t Stand Still

3 mins reading and 20 mins viewing (if you want to) I thought I’d share some wisdom here via the words and experiences of Joe Bovalino – a former student, then fellow teacher, now colleague working at another university (i.e. a traitor, but he’s still okay). In addition to teaching Screen Media and other things…

On Twitter

1 min reading and 11 mins listening Recent blogs have highlighted Twitter as a highly valuable avenue for developing an online learning community and facilitating creative capacity-building. But the perspectives contained within those posts, including the video I myself made and a podcast chat recorded with fellow Digital Media teacher Emily Wade, are those of…

Building Community

2 mins reading and 8 mins viewing Yesterday’s podcast conversation with Emily Wade focused in part on the theme of creating online learning communities for and alongside students. This is increasingly a pedagogical necessity amidst diversifying study patterns and behaviours, and a widespread sense of isolation experienced by a large number of students (and not…