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Dream On


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presentation from ALT-C 2009

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Dream On

  1. 1. Dream On slow   progress in developing digital media infrastructures Susannah Diamond and Andrew Middleton Educational developers Learning and Teaching Institute SHARPENS YOUR THINKING
  2. 2. This paper is about <ul><li>A local view from SHU </li></ul><ul><li>An holistic approach to pedagogic transformation – pedagogy, technology, organisation </li></ul><ul><li>Report on a sector-wide study </li></ul>
  3. 3. Enabling academic innovation <ul><li>Detail: developing an accessible, user-friendly digital media infrastructure for staff and students </li></ul><ul><li>Context: developing a rich, technology enhanced learner-centred landscape </li></ul>
  4. 4. A Picture of Educational Digital Media Fluency Growing Awareness sectoral view *affordable and easy to use Glue? Platform Basis Infrastructure Alignment Transparency Do we have..? Design-BL Project-BL Case-BL Problem-BL Enquiry-BL Learner-centred Active L Authentic L We have pedagogy Red button accessibility* Flip video cameras Large capacity flash drives Audacity Flip video cameras YouTube Facebook apps Windows Movie Maker iTunes iMovie Garageband We have technology
  5. 5. Our belief statement We believe that the institutional infrastructure should allow staff and students to easily create and share media. institutional view
  6. 6. User-Generated Digital Media Learning Landscape institutional view
  7. 7. A user-generated TV channel Plasma Screens in Nuffield Learning Suite, University of Birmingham, Photo: JISC infoNet Student publishing institutional view
  8. 8. &quot;I did get a bit of a run-around on uploading video. I contacted [x], who directed me at someone else [y], who directed me at [z], who directed me back to the someone else, and I now think I'm going to be able to put the material on the streaming media server. But it wasn't an easy route... &quot;  email from Senior Lecturer The reality is different institutional view
  9. 9. &quot;...this [getting material onto a university server] is the major stumbling block (or one of them) along the route to 'Digital Fluency' …. it's often quite tricky for the ordinary bod to achieve digital things here!&quot;  email from Senior Lecturer continued institutional view
  10. 10. An aligned infrastructure for digital media production? What do we mean by infrastructure for digital media production? Technical Human Organisational factors ? ?
  11. 11. Digital media infrastructures <ul><li>the physical and organisational structures needed for the effective and innovative use of digital audio and video within HEIs </li></ul>
  12. 12. Alignment: Who needs to be invited to the media infrastructure table? ...are our belief statements aligned?
  13. 13. Information Services IT Services Learning and Teaching Institute Media Technician Specialist: Portfolios and Repositories Specialist: Media in LTA Head of e-learning Blackboard System Admin Copyright Services IT Training Team AV Services Who did we forget? Who didn't turn up? Who's driving?
  14. 14. Small national study <ul><li>Survey responses from 10 UK HEIs – how does your infrastructure enable user-generated digital media? </li></ul><ul><li>Focus group (n.22) – where are 'the holes' in your infrastructure? (Broad range of participants including management) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Summary of survey <ul><li>Lack of cohesion and strategic investment in UGC </li></ul><ul><li>Legacy systems </li></ul><ul><li>Piecemeal availability of equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Free software generally available </li></ul><ul><li>Helpful, but ad hoc support </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmentation and gatekeepers </li></ul><ul><li>UGC is regarded as exceptional </li></ul><ul><li>A lack of transparency – multiple sources of information and ways to access services </li></ul>
  16. 16. Summary of focus group <ul><li>Inadequate harnessing of institutional drivers </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of infrastructural co-ordination </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructures were &quot;designed for a different era&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>One senior manager said, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;senior managers know absolutely nothing about technology enhanced learning… they simply don’t know what to do with e-learning or technology…&quot; </li></ul>
  17. 17. Current barriers to effective media infrastructures <ul><li>Practical barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties uploading and storing large files </li></ul><ul><li>Growing and maintaining hardware </li></ul><ul><li>Organisational barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of leadership and coordination </li></ul><ul><li>Different drivers, priorities and line management </li></ul><ul><li>Non-alignment of faculty and departmental teams </li></ul>
  18. 18. Current barriers to effective media infrastructures <ul><li>Pedagogic barriers (in general) </li></ul><ul><li>No transparent, reliable infrastructure! </li></ul><ul><li>Assumptions around teacher-centredness in support staff </li></ul><ul><li>Access to/from educational development limited </li></ul><ul><li>People don't read web pages or briefing documents </li></ul><ul><li>Diversity in confidence levels, and confident people often techno-centric </li></ul><ul><li>Media literacy not yet sufficiently or effectively addressed </li></ul><ul><li>Students aren't encouraged to create and share media </li></ul>
  19. 19. Sector collaboration Jorum Merlot Institutional outsourcing ITunesU YouTubeEdu GoogleApps Institutional hosting Individuals use external tools Streaming servers Repositories Flickr YouTube Individual responsibility Institutional responsibility
  20. 20. Conclusions <ul><li>We have the ideas </li></ul><ul><li>We have technology </li></ul><ul><li>We have a growing awareness amongst staff and students </li></ul><ul><li>We are developing critical digital fluency </li></ul><ul><li>We don't have the glue to transform mainstream LTA </li></ul>
  21. 21. Andrew Middleton and Susannah Diamond Learning and Teaching Institute [email_address] and [email_address] SHARPENS YOUR THINKING