Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

This blog post is not about building a snowman. This blog post is about the value and power of editing, overlay, and music in video-making. That doesn’t sound quite as ‘sexy’ does it, but the process is actually not entirely dissimilar to making a snowperson. The below sections highlight the steps I recently took to…

Making Podcasts

I’ve had two different people within the university I work in approach me for podcasting advice in the past week. I get the sense both of my enquirers were at least a little surprised at my description of my usual process… I record with a free program on my phone, or sometimes free video conferencing…

Blogging as Content Creation

Why blog? Well, if you approach this question with even 2.5% skepticism over the value of blogging, I highly recommend having a read of an earlier post I wrote called ‘Blogging Away: Making Media for a Competitive Advantage‘. In fact, I strongly suggest reading that blog in any case as it has some inspiring stories…

Learn by Doing

Learning by doing. Frank is pretty sick of hearing me say it. Frankly, I don’t care. Learning by doing is a phrase that I’m sure many students get tired of me repeating too, but I’m going to keep using it. When it comes to content creation in the online world, doing is the only way…

Discussion Boards

Click… Wait… Click… Wait… Click… This is what I do when I access a Learning Management System to make a weekly news item. To do this, I mostly make a series of bullet point hyperlinks to the provided unit resources. And the pauses while waiting for each of the three phases of making these links…

Teaching with Drugs; Learning with Twitter

‘Checking your likes is the new smoking…’ I’ve written in an earlier post about feeling like I’m pushing back against a pervasive dystopian vision of the digital world in my teaching. I was reminded of that again when I first watched one of Bill Maher’s social media-related reflections/rants on his HBO talk show. In this…

There But Not There: Social Media Scheduling

I don’t have enough time to tweet. In one form or another – and at least once in these exact words – this is a statement I’ve heard every now and then from students for a number of years. Setting aside the question of whether or not this is a valid claim by anyone who…