Media Enhanced Learning SIG

One of me in SL

This is "me"

I have never attended a MELSIG meeting before so was just a little apprehensive about going. The program looked interesting though and I’m pleased to say the topics at the MELSIG meeting were all relevant to digital literacy. I arrived a few minutes late but didn’t miss too much of the first presentation. The presentation by Lindsay Jordan from the University of the Arts (London) on videoing lecturers doing their PGCE. It raised some interesting questions on copyright, performance rights, etc – you get the picture. I really liked the way though that Lindsay managed to get the learners using the little video cameras. The informality of the filming fitted really well with the activity; a smashing idea getting everyone to ice and decorate cup cakes (or what we in the UK used to call fairy cakes). If you are interested we do have these little flip video cameras for hire from the Helpdesk in Pearson.

There were lots of interesting tips about Voice emails (not to be confused with those dreadful phone messages). Very useful for when you want to provide feedback to students or if you want to explain something which is rather complex and – which is possibly more important – won’t bung up your mail box! I’m trying Waxmail – give it a go and let me know how you get on.

For those of you who have problems remembering the citation for that really useful picture try TinEye Reverse Image Search. We all need help avoiding the pit falls of the UK’s archaic copyright laws, TinEye is one of the most useful I’ve seen. Thanks to Carol Beattie for passing on the url 🙂

There are problems with copyright, mainly because it is an archaic system trying to maintain its reason for existing. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not advocating a world without some way of controlling an author’s or producer’s rights to ownership over their own work. We all publish in different ways now that digital media make it possible to do so. The Laws of copyright all need to be re-examined, simplified, reduced and made more flexible in order to make them functional in today’s world.

There really was a lot at this meeting so I might come back to it at sometime.


About timjohnson
I came through a tortuous path to the role of Adviser in Digital Literacy in the Information and Learning Services Department. In the past I was a: Senior Lecturer in Health Informatics, Senior Lectuer in Midwifery, Midwifery Sister, Staff Midwife, Nurse, Secretary, Bars Manager. I would have liked to be a jeweller and silver smith but of course there is always retirement for that :)

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