Planning with a Word Cloud
MORE THAN 60 third level students are working collaboratively to plan and present the biggest creative multimedia exhibition in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland. It's remarkable that one-third of this large team will never meet in the same physical place before the main event.
We are planning this major activity with the help of very focused students who already know their way around intelligent shareable services like Google Plus, Flickr, Dropbox, Google Drive, and Scrivener. My job as a creative multimedia third level lecturer is to ensure nobody inadvertently blows up files that are already finished by another colleague.
Every week, I intend to present a Word Cloud from Wordle.net to the outside world in order to discern the main messages of the working committees. A word cloud from Week Two accompanies this blog post.
I know some of the students charged with the primary responsiblity of delivering a high-quality creative exhibition are very suspicious of a large planning cohort and I share their hesitations. However, I've worked alongside thousands of people before while accomplishing high priority missions and I know there's great value in knowing how to deliver a collaborative result.
Here's a look under the bonnet for at what our business office management trainees are doing.
1. Monitoring the flow of conversation inside tightly woven private categories powered by a Google Plus Community.
2. Creating .rtf files of each category as a precursor of the category briefs in a week's time.
3. Uploading the content they glean to a shared working folder on Dropbox.
4. Stripping images from the categories and uploading them into a Creatifon group on Flickr.
5. Archiving main work as in Acrobat format and saving it into a separate folder that's backed up as a record of progress.
6. Using their own editorial skills when producing a word cloud every week for topical analysis by committee leaders.
7. Preparing a working file in both epub and mobi format.
If you follow my Inside View or Educasting blogs, you'll see this work mature and develop. And perhaps you'll follow the links to the final Pen and Pixel exhibition online and on the campus of the Limerick School of Art and Design in Clonmel, County Tipperary, Ireland.
Bernie Goldbach empowers third level students to create things.