The final student assignment in CT231 is a Digital Media Project. The project brief invites students to create a media artefact which is of value to people outside of our course, outside the university, to share their knowledge and skills in some way. Students choose their own topics and decide what type of media to develop; students make their own decisions about whether to work individually, in pairs or in teams. Our work during the module exploring digital identity, social media, social networking, hashtags, etc. has been useful in further exploring how these digital media artefacts could be shared openly.
Following is a list of links to the Digital Media Projects created and shared by CT231 students. Although the CT231 module ended on March 21st, 2013, the #ct231 online community continues. We look forward to connecting and communicating across our global networks, particularly with our partners in the #icollab project. Please share your comments and feedback with the creators, within the artefacts themselves and/or here on the blog. Thank you!
Do We Act Differently On The Internet? short film by Jack Grier, Julian Kelly, Kieran Durcan, Gordon Noone
Stop Cyberbullying website by Darren Meehan and Evan Maloney
Who You Are anti-bullying video by Grace Dwyer, Tara Reilly
Technology’s Benefits and Possibilities website by Shannon Moran
Press StART: Gaming as an Artform audio podcast series by Tom O’Neil, John Wyza, David Concannon, John McHugh
Busy Blog: exploring distraction blog by Tatjana Vasilevska
The Guitar Barre website by Eamon McKelvey
Build Your Own Computer website by Dara Kilroy
ASAP: Assisting Students to Avoid Plagiarism website by Colm Rudden
The Impact of Technology in Sport website by Katie Gibbons, Poraich Troy, Brian Neary
Search Engine Optimisation website by Conor Gorman
Helping the Elderly with Computer Usage YouTube video by Tom McShane, Eoin Carroll, Ross Finnegan, Robert Naessens
A Blog to Help Those Less IT-Educated blog by Kevin Nicholson
Short Guide to Music Theory website by Nathan Flynn
Social Networking website by Ruairi Finnegan
How Future Interaces Can Help People Overcome Obstacles website by Aaron Barry, Patrick Claffey, Daragh Gubbins
Microchipping Dogs in Ireland website by Eilis Casey, Claire Hannon
A Beginner’s Guide to Encryption website by Eugene Conway
Using Photoshop website by Drew Farnon
Chance, Change and Contemplation futurology website by Conor Perill
Privacy Tips website by Darren Tighe
Congratulations to our first 12 student presenters! The presentations have been exemplars of the Ignite format: clear structure and storylines along with simple, powerful images, confidently delivered. Presenters have found a wide range of public domain and Creative Commons-licensed images to include in their presentations. And all of us are learning — presenters and audience alike — from the impressive range of topics and perspectives.
As presenters share links to their presentations, these will be posted on our CT231 Student Showcase in Scoop.it. Presenters, please remember to send a link to your presentations; details are in Assignment #4. As a small sample of the great work being done, below are a just a few images — check out the Student Showcase on Scoop.it for links to presentations as they are posted.
Assignment #5 is your final Digital Media Project. There are three deliverables required: a project proposal, the digital media project iself, and a 1-page report on the project. The detailed requirements for these are explained in the assignment document — please review these carefully.
1st February - Submit your project proposal by posting on the wiki in Blackboard. I will provide feedback there.
21st March – Complete your project and submit a 1-page report on Blackboard.
Last week we discussed the requirements for the in-class presentations (see Assignment #4 below): an Ignite presentation, consisting of 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide, i.e. a 5-minute presentation. Guidelines for preparing and delivering the presentation were discussed last week in Effective Presentations (part 1), also shown below.
This week we went on to discuss good practice in creating presentation slides. In any presentation, but particularly in formats such as Ignite, it’s important to use high-impact images to get your message across. As much as possible, let’s ban bullet points and death-by-PowerPoint! The goal is to create image-rich slides which communicate your message powerfully and quickly. The first presentation shared in class discusses why and how to use Creative Commons-licensed images:
If you haven’t watched them already, please view the Creative Commons videos shared in class last term. When you want to reference a Creative Commons-licensed image in your presentation, you’ll need to include 3 elements: the CC license information, the creator name, and a link to the original work. Let’s say you use www.compfight.com to search for CC images on Flickr and you find the following photo you want to use: http://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/2595497078 .
- The license info can be found by clicking “License” in the right-hand information bar. In this case, the license is CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (i.e. Creative Commons 2.0 license which the creator has specified as Non-Commercial and No Derivatives, i.e. the image cannot be altered).
- The creator’s name is Will Lion (shown immediately to the right of the image on Flickr).
The CC license you would specify in your project would be CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Will Lion (i.e. link to the original image on Flickr is embedded in the creator’s name).
Assignment #4 is due on the date assigned to you — please see the schedule on Blackboard (presentation dates are spread between late January and early March).
Assignment #4 is an in-class presentation based on your research topic from the 1st term. Please see presentation resources below (or click the tag presentations) for plenty of helpful advice. Post questions here in the blog, on Twitter (using #ct231) or contact Catherine.
In our first class of the 2nd term, the main topic was Presentation Skills. Each student will give an in-class presentation this term in the form of an Ignite presentation. An Ignite presentation or Ignite talk is simply a 5-minute presentation of 20 slides, with the timer set for 15 seconds per slide. The slides advance automatically so you will need to design your presentation for that format and practice delivering your presentation within those time constraints.
The requirements of the presentation and some tips on presentation skills were discussed in class:
During class we also watched Scott Berkun’s excellent Ignite talk: “Why and How to Give an Ignite Talk”. Watch it as a great example of an Ignite talk, as well as a source of useful advice for how to prepare one.
Some other useful presentation resources are listed here:
This article was written by presentation expert Olivia Mitchell on creating an Ignite presentation (20 slides, 15 seconds per slide). This is terrific, visual article — very helpful.
This blog post has excellent advice on finding relevant, potent images for your presentation.
Useful checklist for ALL presentations — not just PowerPoint.
Prezi videos, examples and templates.
Nancy Duarte is the author of the excellent books Resonate and Slideology – excellent sources for all presenters. This 25-minute video is worth viewing (and bookmarking) if you want a deeper understanding of what makes a presentation which truly connects with an audience.
In the second term of CT231 you’ll focus on two things: (i) creating and delivering a presentation based on your research topic and (ii) creating and uploading/sharing your digital media project. We’ll discuss the presentation this week and the digital media project next week. After that, the class will be over to you for the rest of the term — for delivering your presentations and discussing your projects.
Here’s a summary of what we explored together in the autum term:
Week 12 is the final week of term, so this will be our last class before Christmas. We’ll do a quick wrap-up of what we’ve accomplished this term, as a review, and then I’ll share a video and a few ideas with you to help you start thinking about your presentation and digital media project for next term. This will be a great opportunity to explore your ideas…