Media Culture 2020: collaborative teaching and blended learning using social media and cloud-based technologies

Vickers, Richard, Field, James and Melakoski, Cai (2015) Media Culture 2020: collaborative teaching and blended learning using social media and cloud-based technologies. Contemporary Educational Technology, 6 (1). pp. 62-73. ISSN 1309-517X

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The Media Culture 2020 project was considered to be a great success by all the partners, academics and especially the students who took part. It is a true example of an intercultural, multidisciplinary, blended learning experience in higher education that achieved it goals of breaking down classroom walls and bridging geographical distance and cultural barriers. The students with different skills, coming from different countries and cultures, interacting with other enlarges the possibilities of creativity, collaboration and quality work. The blend of both synchronous and asynchronous teaching methods fostered an open, blended learning environment, one that extended the traditional boundaries of the classroom in time and space. The interactive and decentralized nature of digital tools enabled staff and students to communicate and strengthen social ties, alongside participation in the production of new knowledge and media content. For students and lecturers, the implementation of social media and cloud platforms offered an innovative solution to both teaching and learning in a collaborative manner. By leveraging the interactive and decentralised capabilities of a range of technologies in an educational context, this model of digital scholarship facilitates an open and dynamic working environment. Blended teaching methods allow for expansive collaboration, whereby information and knowledge can be accessed and disseminated across a number of networked devices.

Keywords:Collaborative learning, Blended Learning, Social Media, online learning, JCOpen
Subjects:P Mass Communications and Documentation > P300 Media studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W212 Multimedia Design
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Film & Media > Lincoln School of Film & Media (Media)
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Deposited On:02 Feb 2015 10:09

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