Helen’s excellent presentation was engaging, informative, dynamic and exciting in terms of its key messages. Helen discussed her experiences of working on a pedagogic project based around mobile film making with students as a vehicle for exploring the balance between structure and direction vs creativity and freedom in learning. The ELVSS Project (Entertainment Lab for the Very Small Screen) was envisaged as a way of tapping creatively into new forms of production created as a response to the micro formats of film making that have emerged since the internet disrupted previously established patterns of film structure. Students were encouraged to develop their digital literacies by making 30 second films on their mobile phones. The idea was to move learners from relying on high quality cameras etc. and to encourage them to make engaging and creative stories quickly. The project was a multi-disciplinary venture and initially involved students from Salford, Strasberg and France working together to produce film clips around global sustainability. Whilst the project itself was intended to be innovative and exciting, the project team were aware of the complexity of the practicalities involved in the project. This led the teaching team to adopt a structured and directive approach to the task e.g. structuring the on line environment to highlight when students were expected to meet virtually as a way of attempting to negotiate the time and space zones students needed to work with.
Mobile collaboration 360 blog). Students were informed about the platform and the idea and invited to collaborate if they wanted to. In essence, the academics took a back seat and let go of their previous control of the project. While this was something of a high risk approach, in practice this led to the students taking the initiative and showing increased ownership of the new project. Helen told us how the students embraced the chaos and flexibility and how this led to increased creativity and much higher quality outputs. Do have a look at the video attached to see these imaginative clips. Helen left us to consider the relationship between order and chaos and how the two sometimes need to swap clothing from time to time in order to free imagination and encourage creativity.
You can find out more about ELVSS project on the archive blog and by reading an article by Thomas Cochrane and Helen Keegan (2012), 'New Global Learning Cultures:
Interdisciplinarity through networked technologies'.
Presentation sides from Keynote I.
Active links from Helen's presentation:
- HELLO WORLD STOP MOTION video (https://vimeo.com/89405784)
- Moco360 Tagboard (https://tagboard.com/moco360/155769)
- Vinebox short introduction videos made by students (http://vinebox.co/tag/moco360)
- The Forced Perspective Project (http://theforcedperspectiveproject.wordpress.com)
Report by Patricia Cartney, Programme Leader (Social Work), School of Health and Education