My final post from the ALT conference is on the use of maps and how these can be used for storytelling in a number of disciplines as well as some interesting research on how students are interacting with lecture recordings.
Adventures in Map Space: Students mixing maps, screencasts and virtual reality to tell spatial stories.
One of the really interesting sessions I attended was on the use of maps. The point of the session was to look at the way maps could be used beyond the usual geography based subjects.
For instance some ideas were:
- Using map tools to document a journey taken within a novel or ancient text.
- Creating a tour around places based on a story or tourism trail and recording this for others to experience. This could be done using Google Earth, using the yellow man to go on location and a screen recorder to record the journey and convert into a video.
- Recording events which span over a number of locations – this can be seen in this example created on the path of hurricane Irma. Some of these examples are crowdsourced with many people around the world contributing to the story and creating a narrative from many perspectives.
- Creating time animation on maps (where a series of images pop up alongside a video of a map/ series of maps) this could be done to reflect a series of incidents/crimes which happened within a location.
- Take 360° photospheres and then locate these on maps and add interactive content within the photos. Examples of this can be seen on Google Street View.
- Use maps within augmented reality as interactive content. This could work well for students considering how people might interact with content in a museum or learning environment helping to bring sites or locations to life when visitors can’t physically be there.
Some of the tools recommended were:
- Google My maps
- ArcGis Online – Free Trial
- Esri Story Maps
- Thinglink to add interactive content onto a 360° photosphere (a lot of mobile phones can now do this with their cameras)
Also it is clear that some people are having lots of fun with creating their own maps or Doodles via GPS signals as can be seen on the Gps Doodles website
Using actor-network theory as a lens to explore lecture capture practices in and across spatial (re)configurations
This session looked at some research into how students are interacting with their lecture recordings. As part of the research students very bravely recorded their computer screens whilst viewing recordings so the researcher could analyse their actions whilst watching and listening to the recording.
The researcher found students would all muti-task when viewing recordings, opening a number of windows at once, chatting on message services, emailing, searching the internet and viewing the recording. It became a multi-modal learning space where students are able to create their own learning space with the lecture recording playing one part of this.
It was also interesting to find most students still viewed these recordings within traditional study spaces usually within their rooms. This somewhat goes against the anytime, anywhere theory as students still clearly choose to engage with these resources within their own home environment. Some of this was explained as the students felt it was easier to take notes in this stable environment away from interruptions and where they felt more comfortable.
The most important aspect to the students was the pause button. This provided them with the power to stop, multi-task and blend social and learning interactions together.
Overall it was a great conference and I really enjoyed the sessions I attended. Hopefully we will be able to to take a look at some of the ideas presented here and see the potential for these at university of Derby.