Snapped over the shoulder of tricaster camera at Robocode.
I SAW THE benefit of taking my third level creative multimedia students on field trips during the live streaming and photo documentation of Ireland's Robocode 2015 competition. And I remain firmly convinced that without such immersive experiences the real world skills of third level graduates never extend beyond the theory phase.
Our third year creative multimedia students have supported Robocode competitions ever since our Tipperary campus began hosting the national competition in 2004. We bring an HD camera crew and roaming digital still photography into the venue to support live streaming and photographic documentation. We need to extend the method of our social media coverage because during the past two years our students' use of Twitter has declined with a rise in the use of closed groups on Facebook.
While the memories are still fresh, I am asking specific cohorts of PR and social media students to document media collateral associated with the running of Robocode and Games Fleadh on the Thurles campus. The cross-talk that emerges will form the basis of a planning document for Games Fleadh 2016. It will set the foundation for a fresh channel of internal communications. And it will for the basis of a Briefing Note regarding In-Service Teaching.
Both the aforementioned planning document and the internal communications channel appear as testable items in final examinations set for social media and public relations students at the Limerick School of Art and Design. On that basis alone, the Games Fleadh Field Trip becomes very appropriate in the context of quality third level education.
[Bernie Goldbach's Flickr photostream shows evidence of 10 years of Robocode in County Tipperary.]