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OpenMedia Classes


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Shaun Hides & Jonathan Shaw
Presented at the Digital Humanities Summer School, KU Leuven 19th September 2013

The Coventry Open Media Class project grew out of the Open Media philosophy and approach that the Department of Media at Coventry University has adopted over the last four years.

It is intended to capture a series of interconnected principles that inform all the work of our department. This is a distinctive, inclusive and strong academic direction and a positive professional and ethical stance for the Department of Media.

Open Media & Communication means:

Open Media – positive and innovative engagements with new media technologies and new media and cultural forms and relationships;
Sustainable Professional Practice – using emerging media practices and relationships and new professional models to develop sustainable flexible profiles, which engage critically with new communities of scholarship and practice.
Engagement - the active participation of staff and students in live and transformative projects and with diverse communities linking the delivery of content in traditional and new formats with projects that have a positive impact;
Globally Visible Media & Communication – using emerging media practices and networks to multiply and leverage the scope, scale and impact of our work.
Open Pedagogies – teaching and learning which is collaborative, media-enabled, expanded and Open we use innovative learning styles, incorporate the contributions of students and dialogue with leading scholars and professionals across the globe as well as libre material, crowd-sourcing, the strategic and reflective use of new technologies to develop extended communities and networks;
This approach has seen us review our entire teaching portfolio. We now emphasize developing the ability of our students to work flexibly and in mobile ways, with strategic insight into the transforming media landscape, to develop a sustainable practice in their field.

We have made changes on numerous levels:

focusing our teaching contact during the week to give students an intensive experience;
giving ‘branded’ dedicated base spaces for each course, enabling students to feel a sense of home and community;
offering professional project and international opportunities to all students;
relating all our teaching to our Applied Research, staff professional practice and the CU Digital Media Grand Challenge;
using new modes of teaching, learning, research, and practice;
making extensive use of supported mobile technologies – laptops, tablets and other devices available for students and staff.

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OpenMedia Classes

  2. 2. Slides ...can be found here! #DigHum13
  4. 4. #DigHum13 “OPEN-BOUNDARY” JISC “#RECLAIMOPEN” MIT & UCI A different way...
  5. 5. Media - becoming more connected/distributed, mobile, prosumer Changing our mind-sets: the media landscape #DigHum13
  6. 6. Students are connected/distributed, mobile, prosumer; but we are not Changing our mind-sets: teaching #DigHum13
  7. 7. Connected/distributed, mobile, prosumer media are changing content creation and publishing; but we are not Changing our mind-sets: scholarship #DigHum13
  8. 8. #OpenMedia Om #DigHum13 OpenMedia
  9. 9. tactical sustainable engaged visible collaborative Approach THE 21ST CENTURY UNIVERSITY #DigHum13
  10. 10. a (media) pedagogy, scholarship and practice sustainable in the 21st Century Aim THE 21ST CENTURY LEARNER #DigHum13
  11. 11. Summary THE 21ST CENTURY UNIVERSITY #DigHum13 • Creating blended/ curated learning spaces where students can interact with peers and tutors • Using technology tactically to offer an enhanced learning experience for students • Developing a series of open online classes • Using mobile technologies within teaching and learning - and generating large public audiences • Turning mobile applications into an interactive experience for mobile learners
  12. 12. Summary THE 21ST CENTURY UNIVERSITY #DigHum13 • Breaking the boundaries between • research/scholarship (‘creation’); • publication-education (‘dissemination’); • Teaching, learning & practice (‘experiential’)
  13. 13. #DigHum13 Changing our practices: spaces, technologies, visibility
  14. 14. Open door ...establishing new rules #DigHum13
  15. 15. Classroom a hub #DigHum13
  16. 16. We asked some questions? #DigHum13
  17. 17. 1million+ listens ...unexpected happened! #DigHum13
  18. 18. Sean Carroll Interview for Sony Ericsson #DigHum13 Develop a relationship which is more based on our discipline rather than this hierarchy of student and lecturer
  19. 19. #DigHum13
  20. 20. Thinking differently... What can happen when you consider your approach and invite people join you! #DigHum13
  21. 21. Re-imagine our studios dynamic and connected spaces © Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum #DigHum13
  22. 22. The connected classroom Hybrid Approach: The Flexible/Digital Classroom #DigHum13
  23. 23. Conversational ...before the doors of the classroom are open, dialogues have already been shared. #DigHum13
  24. 24. Personal ...freed to meet the individual needs of our students #DigHum13
  25. 25. Connecting to a wider network David Campbell, Director World Press Photo Multimedia Research Project (Image: Dean O’Brien) #DigHum13
  26. 26. An international community in 10 weeks had 15,000 people from 152 cities #DigHum13
  27. 27. Open experiences Sharing resources Conversations with communities Critically engaged Principles consider #DigHum13
  28. 28. Open experiences Sharing resources Conversations with communities Critically engaged Trusted Connected/Networked Hub (rather than supplier) Principles consider #DigHum13
  29. 29. Collective the tutors Jonathan Worth and Matt Johnston #DigHum13
  30. 30. #AdobeEdu12 Connected ...and collective #DigHum13
  31. 31. #DigHum13 Empowered and transformative #picbodSantander
  32. 32. #PEDARE2013 Informed Licensing #DigHum13
  33. 33. The ‘Reading List’ is now the most visited post in the class...(Friends of Phonar Book List) Engaged Licensing #DigHum13
  34. 34. Informed Shaking up photo-education #DigHum13
  35. 35. Integrated ...featured in What’s Hot in Photography apps! #DigHum13
  36. 36. Collaborative ...internationally #DigHum13
  37. 37. Active and ‘live’ ...politically, socially and culturally #DigHum13
  38. 38. • Open (mobile, hybrid ) are just modes of operating not ends in themselves; • reducing barriers between your audiences and your content is scary - but can work out economically – the piracy/obscurity paradox ; • work out where the real value of what you do lies • we offer a unique hub that’s connected and curated • we offer an intensive collaborative-connected-distributed learning experience in a rich environment • we enhance students’ capabilty to evaluate critically, reflectively contextually - the essentials in an era of information surplus • we offer high level certification Lessons we are learning THE 21ST CENTURY UNIVERSITY #DigHum13
  39. 39. • go where the fish swim (use what is being used), don’t keep building “the perfect space” (e.g. VLEs, interoperable platforms ) hoping ‘they will come’; • don’t assume the fish know about the water – students aren’t digitally ‘literate’, they are digital natives; • disruption doesn’t just happen as you intend, ‘Open’ => • changed relationships with paticipants (staff, students, professional practitioners); • changed models of content generation; changed resource allocations; • changed institutional patterns Lessons we are learning THE 21ST CENTURY UNIVERSITY #DigHum13
  40. 40. Our next steps THE 21ST CENTURY UNIVERSITY #DigHum13 • new (business) institutional models and re-purposing/re- versionning/ unbundling • radically new pedagogies and radically new relationships with/ offers to, our communities • the Q is do you try to change, or will you be changed ?
  41. 41. Shaun Hides @ShaunHides_COMC Jonathan Shaw @time_motion #DigHum13 Presentation available at: