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New Media and Society Scott Abel, Baltic Film and Media School. A run-through of a BFM course created under the created under the BeST e-learning program and with the support of European Social Foundation. Changes in pedogogy.

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New media and society scott abel baltic film and media school

New Media and SocietyScott Abel, Baltic Film and Media School

A run-through of a BFM course created under the created under the BeST e-learning program and with the support of European Social Foundation


Changes in pedogogy

Changes in pedogogy

  • Students are more wired, have access to more information and media sources than ever

  • How do we as faculty and staff adapt?


New media and society class

New Media and Society class

  • Look from ‘technological determinist’ point of view; how media changes society and culture, and its reverse

  • Have them learn about how people think about the media and its role

  • Give students hands-on experience with new media tools and techniques that are on the cutting edge


Course elements

Course elements

  • Moodle Website for communication

    • https://moodle.e-ope.ee


Course elements1

Course elements

  • Audio and video that would entice students

    • How William Shatner Changed the World”

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGyQVO62QM0

    • Google video, assorted films and TV casts saved over years

  • PDF files created off of journal articles and news features

    • Enhanced real-time update of class

  • Learning materials, study guides, multimedia resources, and assignments paired together


Course positives

Course positives

  • Student evaluation forms revealed the following:

    • Students liked hands-on learning: Google Earth, Xtranormal movie making and Second Life experiences were widely rated as their favorites

    • Students liked the ability to read at their leisure

    • Students liked having ability to look at course slides before and during face-to-face lectures

    • Powerpoint presentation with voiceover was a class favorite

    • Class was highly adaptable to current events


Class drawbacks

Class drawbacks

  • Course scheduled for once a week

    • Students would tend to drift off and put it low priority because of lack of in-class facetime with instructor

  • Problems with Moodle site

    • Students claimed they could not access the site temporarily

    • Lack of storage space for large files

    • Online quizes were the largest student complaint

  • Podcast not popular

    • Technical topic with no reference materials that fit the lecture was not worthwhile


Next semester

Next semester?

  • Integration with Twitter

  • Virtual guest lecturers

  • Thank you!

  • Suggestions? Comments?


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