Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Some first "Do it Together" digital media creations from our Summer Course in Newfoundland
The past few weeks we have been working with the summer cohort in the Masters program we contribute to in Canada. This is the "unpedagogy" course we describe in chapters in our recent "Literacies" book and in the new edition of "New Literacies" (due out any day now).
In the first face to face weeks the cohorts self select into small teams and jointly create a media artifact they have no previous experience of creating. Most students have done very little or no prior digital media creation to speak of. While they are creating their media they closely document the process by which they (learn to) create their media. The comprehensive data sets compiled by each team (field notes, screen captures, chat transcriptions, photographs, etc.) are analysed and discussed during the second face to face week, at the end of which they submit a formal report of their inquiry.
Three of the groups have posted their work to YouTube and we have included them in this post. One group did a Lego Stop Motion Animation set to a medley of songs by the local Newfoundland band, Great Big Sea. Another group trawled Machinima archives to create a "dance off" between antagonists in World of Warcraft. The third group lived out our worst nightmares and took on
flash animation from scratch, using a free downloaded flash program (Vectorian Giotto). They survived and lived to tell the tale.
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