Bloemfontein Courant | Students interacting across board

MICA Photo Faculty Colette Veasey-Cullors and MICA photo students have recently embarked on an online course collaboration and shared exhibition with students from the Department of Design and Studio Art at Bloemfontein’s Central University of Technology in South Africa. You can find details of their online activities and more in the article below!

Bloemfontein Courant | Students interacting across board.

Where is Bloemfontein?

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Online Collaboration: An Interview with Ginger Spivey

Ginger Spivey, Art Matters instructor, shares tips and tricks as well as the methods and tools she used in her class to establish an environment where collaboration amongst students could thrive. In the interview she explains how she uses GoogleDocs and WordPress as tools for collaborative projects. She also mentions the challenges in establishing a collaborative environment when “students start getting really caught up with the traditional structure in higher education.” Spivey encourages her students to focus more on the final, collaborative products rather than what individuals do because that way of thinking can hinder a collaborative process. You can hear more details on collaborative process and the tools she uses in this interview below.

Ginger Spivey Interview on Collaboration

VoiceThread and Best Practices

voicethread

http://voicethread.com

 

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What is VoiceThread?

With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected from anywhere in the world at any time and shared in one place, all with no software to install. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, interactive, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos. It allows people to navigate through the slides and leave comments in 5 ways: using voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file (for VoiceThread Pro users), or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues so they can record comments, too.
(Taken from: http://voicethread.com/support/howto/Basics/Introduction/)

Three Best Practices

  • Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are the best browsers to use with VoiceThread.
  • Download or update Flash.
  • Enable Cookies. This is the easiest way to ensure that VoiceThread can function properly.

There is help if you would like to test run your VoiceThread presentation before using it for a class.

VoiceThread for Art Teaching and Learning

View these example for ideas on how it could be used in your classroom!

American Art: Searching for Values by Constance Vidor
http://voicethread.com/about/library/americanart/

Be sure to view past the first few slides. Here the instructor narrates through pages (and not others) even though students will be viewing and interacting on those same pages. Student comments can be audio, video or text!

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Higher Ed Online Learning from Michelle Pacansky-Brock “Photography from Inception to Digital”
http://voicethread.com/about/library/Higher_Ed_Online_Learning_from_Michelle_PacanskyBrock/

I truly like the collaborative nature of this example that includes lecture as well as guided discussion. All of this happens asynchronously with some comments in text and others in a recorded voice. Imagine whether you could get this level of interaction in a large live lecture.

If you are interested in VoiceThread, limited licenses are available for MICA faculty. For troubleshooting questions and information, please contact the Office of Academic Technology acadtech@mica.edu or visit: http://docs.voicethread.com/category/troubleshooting/