If you follow me on Twitter, and if you don’t you are missing such a great experience, you will be aware that I have done a couple of attempts at a live show! Why on earth are you doing this I hear you ask…well this bank holiday waffle attempts to explain.
As you might be aware I really enjoy teaching – whether this be in the form of creating an interactive learning experience or presenting information, it is something that I really enjoy. One of the key elements of teaching has to be the interaction. This can be in a variety of forms, either seeing learners/participants listening intently or promoting opportunities for discussion, or even answering questions and, in some cases, being challenged. I really enjoy writing my waffles and this allows me to communicate in the written word and via the podcast, the spoken word, although something that I miss is that lack of a script and the interaction. Both of these elements I am hoping might actually become more apparent with a live show.
Coupled with this, is something that I waffled about at the beginning of the year – my targets for 2014! Reading this waffle will identify that one of my targets was to try and gain more subscribers on Youtube. In attempt to fulfil this target (its already May and I’m not doing very well with it) I have realised that the recorded live shows can be uploaded for future viewing onto YouTube…yes I know it is getting desperate!
“I am not suggesting that technology or virtual discussion should replace personal interaction”
So far, the reasons I have waffled about for this new venture have been purely personal, if not selfish, and I thought I would reflect on a comment from a colleague of mine who, after I mentioned about the live show, purely stated the question….why?!
Anyone familiar with educational theory will be aware that social interaction is a key feature of effective learning. Initially within the classroom this can be seen when opportunities are created for the learners to discuss and engage within dialogue. As learners become more distant and technology starts to play an important role in learning, these opportunities can possibly become more virtual. I am not suggesting that technology or virtual discussion should replace personal interaction, more that it is an element which can be encouraged and used which might be suitable for learners. When I was thinking about creating the live show (and it is still in its embryonic stage at the moment), I was considering addressing various aspects of interaction. These interactions could be within the actual show or in the discussions/comments which occur after or even before the show.
During the Easter vacation for the students in 2013, I provided some online conference chats to support them with their assignment, using Big Blue Button on Moodle. Some feedback I received from this was the request that all lectures/sessions would be like this! Although I am not planning to do this, although it is appealing and would certainly make an interesting research project, maybe the idea of the live shows might go someway towards this. If you want to watch the next live show then follow me on twitter to see when I will be broadcasting live, alternatively you can watch the recordings on Youtube – don’t forget to subscribe so you know when they have been published. (plus I need to achieve at least one of my targets!)