College Students on Streaming Video: Get Me Outta Class!

September 21st, 2010

Nearly a third of college students reported that their parents or guardians would be “very upset” to know how little they actually attend classes in person.

College Students on Streaming Video: Get Me Outta Class!

Here is an article posted on the campus technology site last week, which offers a great conversation starter on the use of video in the collegiate classroom. However, the initial commenter, who finds the practice “appalling,” elicited a response from me, which is worth referencing here. My comment, admittedly too verbose for this platform, is about eleven up from the bottom and includes my name.

What is New Media? – 3

September 19th, 2010

A colleague of mine recently suggested that New Media is everything newer than the pencil. However, I cannot accept such a simple definition; all media is new at some point. To the chirographic era, the pencil was new media, as was the Gutenberg press. Being that so many new media forms have arisen over the last few decades, what constitutes New Media may differ between individuals. For example, few scholars would consider the pencil to currently be New Media (although some might argue for it). However, as we consider a somewhat more contemporary example, such as the CD player, the level of agreement begins to rise. Of course, newer and unique media forms, such as Skype, Viddler, Jott, etc., are invariably agreed upon as New Media.

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What is New Media? – 2

September 17th, 2010

Using my previous post on Interactivity as a launching point, I decided to revisit the topic of new media, which has much to do with interactivity. In May 2008, I addressed What is New Media and noted that it was a bit difficult to define it… and then defined it. New media can still be seen as a somewhat ambiguous term and a bit difficult to define, in part due to the inherently temporal, ephemeral nature of any definition in flux. However, we can certainly peg down a decent definition, beginning with the base idea from that 05.08.08 post:

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Cyberculture – Interactivity

September 15th, 2010

Lévy, Pierre. Cyberculture. Electronic Mediations, V. 4. Minneapolis, Minn.; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.

‘In this brief chapter, Lévy address the topic of interactivity, including the problem of defining it, and the various levels of interactivity. For example, even an individual seated on a c ouch, watching television is interacting with that medium to a certain extent. To help measure the degree of interactivity of a device, Lévy suggests that a significant factor one can look to the possibility of material reappropriation and recombination of the message by a receiver. For example, a relatively low-interactivity device like the television could have that level increased with particular changes.

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Cyberculture – Dimensions of Communication

September 13th, 2010

Lévy, Pierre. Cyberculture. Electronic Mediations, V. 4. Minneapolis, Minn.; London: University of Minnesota Press, 2001.

Having had varying amounts of confusion defining certain elements and categorizations of the online video conversation (OVC), such as whether it is a medium, a method of communication, a genre, etc., I have found in Cyberculture an excellent approach to splitting and defining some of the terms I have used in the past. I’ve listed Lévy’s definitions (from Table 1 on page 46) below and placed the OVC within them.

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