WE HAVE A REQUIREMENT to assess third level students on their collaborative work and it's all the better when the work is real-world. So when Simon McGarr noted the demise of podcasting.ie (the Wordpress site we failed to patch before it was scuppered by malware), an immediate project came to hand. Within the next three weeks, six third year creative multimedia students will resurrect the domain, the audio files, text files and the images. They will use the Internet Archive as their guide dog. Some sample findings follow below.
WE DISCUSSED SEVERAL pieces of social networking technology that might prove useful when collaborating in projects. In Tippeary Institute, part of the BSc in Creative Multimedia involves completing a group project. One important takeaway from the first day back in our college classrooms revolved around a discussion of several time-tested pieces of social networking that might actually prove useful when specifying and completing project work. This short screencast [1 MB MP3 file] exposes those technologies (i.e., Audioboo, change tracking inside Word, Google Docs, twitter hashtagging, 12Seconds.tv, and Qik video clips). Updates will follow as the semester unfolds.
THE CLUTTER IN MY OFFICE (see left), on my desk and at my feet remind me that I need to eat my own dog food and learn alongside third level students who will listen to me lay out a module in project management for this semester. We're tied to an accredited curriculum that should help my third year complete their own major projects successfully but I want more. I want to carve out more physical space and I want to arrest the mission creep of academics in my real life. That means following a process online, carrying action items on my person and perhaps engaging a coach as well. For today, I'm bringing part of Manager Tools into the listening space [30 minute MP3 file], hashtagging some content for academic credit [#projmgt], listening to student input about nominated projects, validating effective personal technology that helps get things done, and nominating textbooks. If my cadre agree to the task, we'll shovel the core takeaways onto an iTunes feed and offer relevant revision material as slideshares.
Timothy Ferris -- "The 4-Hour Work Week" ISBN 9780091923723
David Allen -- "Getting Things Done" ISBN 978-0142000281