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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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