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January 20, 2014

Another Semester with #icollab

#iCollab in 2014
Screenshot from the iCollab Google Map

NEARLY 50 STUDENTS in the Limerick School of Art & Design will work with the #iCollab project during the spring semester of 2014. The project offers an excellent working model of Alternative Pedagogies with some excellent background information on the iCollab blog. [1]

I came late to the iCollab international community of practise. It started in 2011 [2] but I first stumbled into it after an unexpected Google Hangout in late 2013. The project aims to explore and evaluate which mobile web tools, pedagogic strategies and learning scenarios can be effective to support international student and lecturer collaboration. [3] My first port of call was with a virtual group of students in the National University of Ireland, Galway, working with Catherine Cronin.

The partner universities in iCollab project are:

  • AUT University (New Zealand)
  • Beuth University (Germany)
  • Salford University (UK)
  • Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain)
  • National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland)
  • Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick (Ireland)
  • University of Wollongong, Wollongong (Australia)

iCollab educational activities and research interests include:

  • Exploring mobile tools for international collaboration of teams of students
  • Engaging students in participatory curriculum development by means of social and mobile media
  • Exploring the creation of digital identities in social and mobile media
  • Using mobile media for situated co-creation of student-generated content
  • Modelling heutagogical approaches to education
  • Use of mobile web 2.0 as catalyst for pedagogical change/innovation
  • Collaborative research in mobile social media integration in higher education
  • iCollaborate community on G+

This semester sees the work on my campus recording and sharing perspectives on each of the research interests addressed above. If everything goes as planned, we will have several very compelling first person reports from students that document how elements of the iCollab project enhance engagement for those completing our creative multimedia degree.

[Bernie Goldbach is the senior creative multimedia lecturer at the Limerick School of Art & Design.]

1. The iCollab blog is at http://icollab.wordpress.com

2. Find info about iCollab in 2011 on the iCollab wiki and about 2012 activities on the #iCollab12 blog.

3. Hilary Culbertson -- "Building Global Learning Communities" on the HASTAC blog, January 7, 2014.

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