I'm part of the arrangement co-ordinated by John Hannafin, Fiona Woods and Michael Canning that follows directly from a lunchtime conversation. The basic premise involves increasing reflective discussion by connecting two distinctly different cohorts of students in Limerick and Clonmel. Both groups have academic coursework in Critical and Contextual Studies. The Limerick cohort follow a more traditional arts degree. The Clonmel cohort follow a creative multimedia pathway. The two groups intersect during video lectures and follow-up "pods" of discussion using technologies such as Microsoft Lync, Google Plus or Skype Video.
We held our first hour-long lecture, delivered by Fiona Woods, and I'm gathering feedback from our students, staff and technical support team because I'd like to nurture this kind of collaborative spirit. It deserves to be recognised as a worthwhile example of technology enhanced active learning.
The voices in the two-minute SlideShare used above did not attend the lecture and have not taken the Critical and Contextual Studies module. They learned by reading the notes and responding to questions. The backing track used in the SlideShare was composed by Andre Louis.
Bernie Goldbach is a creative multimedia lecturer working on the campus of the Limerick School of Art and Design in Clonmel who tweeted #kinaesthetics during this live event. A group of students distilled the lecture into a two-minute short.