Digital Media Projects

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



Galway CT231 students join #icollab

blog imageOver the coming weeks, CT231 students will have the opportunity to collaborate with students in Spain (Barcelona), Germany (Berlin), New Zealand (Auckland) and the UK (Salford) on the iCollaborate or #icollab project. Our class will be bringing Ireland into #icollab for the first time.

The project, now in its third year, is described by Helen Keegan as “a community of practice where… students work together on creative social tech projects that cross disciplines, levels, time and space.” Coordinating a project with students in 5 countries, crossing 12 time zones, and working in different terms has its challenges. But the project coordinators decided at the start to view these differences as an asset. Students in each location share their work and students in other locations can engage and connect — sometimes immediately, sometimes later that day, sometimes much later. As Helen Keegan describes:

“We’re now looking at the ‘tag-team model’ of education: the projects never end, as there is always a cohort to carry on, and lead into the next group, and when they overlap that’s great – that’s where the genuine collaboration happens. …Traditionally, we deliver modules/courses, neatly chunked into 12 weeks, with units of assessment, leading to grades etc. and that’s the way things are (generally) done. I’m not saying scrap all of that, but I do think that modules are best served as springboards to other things. Increasingly, students are connecting across levels and cohorts through Twitter and now we have ex-students getting together with current students, undergrads coming to postgrad classes (and vice versa) as they’ve connected online and have a genuine interest in getting involved in other groups/further curricula outside of their taught modules.”

As the Galway group’s first foray into sharing across those boundaries, CT231 students are posting their Ignite presentations online (via the CT231 Student Showcase), inviting feedback and conversation. The #icollab team in New Zealand asked if CT231 students would also be willing to post videos of their presentations, as another means of students connecting and sharing. Last week we did a trial run of this using the Bambuser app. Bambuser enables live video streaming from mobile phones or webcams. Using the app is simple: one click opens the app, one click records and streams (in public or private), and one click stops recording and uploads to the user’s Bambuser page. Once posted on that page, others can view the video and add comments.

bambuser capture

One of our student presenters agreed to be filmed this week so that we could trial the app and learn how best to use it for recording presentations (thanks, Jack!). The experiment was a success and we learned some valuable tips for future recordings. After sharing the video via #icollab, feedback from New Zealand was available to us the following morning (thanks, Thom!). We look forward to extending the collaboration with students in the coming weeks.

In class this week, we’ll have a further discussion about how we’d like to be involved in #icollab — discussing the terms and vision for the project, as we see it. Looking forward to it!

(A slightly longer version of this blog post is available at

Image source: CC BY-SA 2.0 marfis75

Student presentations — January 2013

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 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 for links to presentations as they are posted.

Evan Maloney CT231(1)

‘The Internet and Political Activism’ by Evan Maloney

Tom O'Neill 2

‘The Effect of the Internet on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs’ by Tom O’Neill

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‘MOOCs and the Future of Higher Education’ by Ruairi Finnegan

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‘Wearable Computing’ by Shannon Moran

Eoin Carroll CT231

‘The Evolution of Facebook’s Privacy Settings’ by Eoin Carroll

Assignment #5 – Digital Media Project

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.

Effective Presentations (part 2)

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 to search for CC images on Flickr and you find the following photo you want to use: .

  • 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).

The second presentation shared in class gave some examples of slides used in image-rich presentations… these are just some ideas to get you started. Have fun creating your own presentation style!

Assignment #4 — Presentation

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.

Effective Presentations (part 1)

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.

Starting second term!

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:



On the last day of class before our Christmas break, in addition to our discussion of what we’d done during the term, I also shared the following two videos… well worth bookmarking. The first is a TEDx Talk by Michael Wesch, a great follow-on from the video shared in our first class (and also here on the blog). The second is a very short video to remind you — and each of us — of the importance of going for it, taking a risk to learn something new and accomplish something great. Great to keep in mind as you think about your presentations and projects. 🙂