We need feedback to improve, but giving feedback to colleagues and peers can be a challenge. As educators we ask our students to review each other’s work to build their critical thinking skills. In Higher education peer review is an important stand point that can assist in the tenure of professional educators as well as provide useful insight into scholarly work.
Recently in INF532 the assessment task was to create a digital artefact about Knowledge Networking and to provide a self-exegesis with regards to the design and effectiveness of the digital artefact. This process was challenging and enlightening at the same time. There were moments of sheer frustration and then the light-bulb moment when clarity hit. I have worked as a designer and project manager for many online resources to support the VET sector, so I challenged myself to step outside of my comfort zone of known technology and do something slightly left field that would meet the brief.
It was hard. However, I am pleased to say that my user test group really liked my unusual idea of using a fairy-tale to tell my story. The reason it was frustrating was that music I had sourced two days before submission was no longer available to use in multimedia projects under the creative commons licence. This meant that I had to re-cut the whole audio track and reinsert that audio back into the animation; this is a skill that I have been developing since I have started this course and one that is proving to be valuable.
So back to peer feedback, below my thoughts about the fine learning artefacts that one of my peers has created. All of my peers have done an equally wonderful job but time prohibits reviewing everyone’s so I have chosen one that resonated with me and will have a look at it in-depth.
Cameron Innes INF532 Project
Cameron designed this for his Year 9 students in the United Arab Emirates with English as a second language.
His opening screen really set the playful tone of the animation; you love football almost as much as you love your phones.
The use of still photos and animated characters really supported his story.
PowToons is simple to use but sometimes it does do odd things with animations, such as floating a student in mid-air such as at the time code 00:52, but it did not distract from the narrative.
Cameron made a really nice point about how students learn through talking with each other. He soft sold the idea of networking by showing students how they are already doing this by talking to each other outside of school via many mediums including via technology which he then pointed out that this is digital networking, really nice way to add this for students to understand.
The introduction of the concept of Informal Learning was very well done with the analogy between a soccer game and an assignment. It was simply done and a very powerful point especially around its importance about how much they learn from their informal learning.
Using phones for research
Cameron discusses how his students can reach out to people around the world for help and knowledge rather than just relying on the people immediately around you. But I love the slide that introduced this concept, you don’t always have time to research such as during a game but sometimes you have time to really think and research a topic such as why does Messi (football/soccer star) have blonde hair now. The use of humour really gave a lift to key points and linked well to the topic.
Excellent introduction made by Cameron about Digital Literacy and the key points. It is such a vital and important point but is not pushed so that the students almost do not realize they have learnt something important.
Digital Curation was introduced by them moving towards to goal of going to University. I really liked the reasoning behind why the student would care. I would suggest that perhaps white writing for the Mind boggling amount of information might have been better as when it transitions down to the black block you had difficulty reading the text.
Introducing digital curation tools that can be used on the students phone and using the tag line “You are in charge of your phone and your learning” give a simple a powerful message as this group of students really use their phones in an extended manner.
I loved the message if you can avoid the stupid things and capitalize on the good things really resonated, especially with the accompanying image. It works on multiple levels to encourage the viewer that using networks is a good thing.
The point about traditional school changing and informal learning becoming integral to success is a final powerful thought that provides a solid conclusion to the animation.
I did like the animation without background music, but for the final 15 seconds of dead air, when the attributions were being shown it would have been nice to have employed some background music or maybe even some sound effects from a soccer game to link back to the topic.
Overall the animation was excellent and really engaged the learner through humour and by linking it to two things the prospective audience loves, soccer and their phones. Cameron’s voice over was excellent and he has a great voice for voiceovers and was great to listen to.