The Connected BCM Classroom – LECTURE THEATRE

A visit to the BCM lecture

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In any BCM lecture theatre, it is relatively reasonable to remark that the number of devices is likely higher than the number of people in that same space. Although the positive influence of media use is undeniable, the practice still raises several issues, especially the shrinkage of students’ attention span.

They seemingly drift off to another world … I’ve found myself approached by students after class, asking me questions about matters that have been covered but somehow they missed, and this is getting more and more common.

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Clicky Clickety Clack (Goes the Keyboard Under My Dancing Fingers)

How I have grown – in the past year – as a student, a researcher, and a writer.

A little more than a year ago, I started typing the very first words of my very first blog post, also the very first words of my very first (BCM111) assignment at a university 7000 kilometres away from home.

Back then, The Specs was still named (after so many attempts) The January Journal, a reference to my birth month, and an attempt at a catchy title. The header image was still a default one provided with the theme, the wording clumsy and bland, the references redundant and irrelevant, and the blog’s owner utterly confused and disoriented.

Two sessions (plus a Summer session) and three writerly subjects (BCM110, BCM212, BCM241) later, The Specs has gained certain acknowledgement by my lecturers, tutors, and my friends. I have grown so much as an independent student, researcher, and writer.

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The Specs won best BCM Blog, Autumn Session 2017

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Be Present – Self-Regulation of Media Use

How not to let media use interfere with personal relationships

“Everywhere we go, we carry with us options far more enticing than the place and moment we happen to be standing within …”

This is a comment by Josh Pulman (cited in Maloney 2017) regarding his photography project, Somewhere Else, in which he captured images of people being together in shared public spaces yet in another space created by their own electronic devices Continue reading “Be Present – Self-Regulation of Media Use”

Just. Stay. Focuse- ooh this looks interesting I wonder what it is and that seems pretty cool too and…

Staying focused is getting harder and harder, isn’t it?

 

 

This is one of my all-time favourite TED Talks – Tim Urban perfectly captured the process of procrastinating, particularly the distractions influencing us during any task, be it a really insignificant or remarkably important one. (Some of us might have trouble staying focused throughout this 15-minute video, I’m quite certain about that.) Continue reading “Just. Stay. Focuse- ooh this looks interesting I wonder what it is and that seems pretty cool too and…”

A Squiggly Line – on Taking Pictures in Public Spaces

Where do we draw the line to taking pictures of strangers in public spaces?

 

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The squiggly line to picture-taking in public (artwork by me)

 

As suggested this week in BCM241, I did something I very usually do yet rarely put any thoughts into it. I took pictures of strangers using media in public spaces. Continue reading “A Squiggly Line – on Taking Pictures in Public Spaces”

Me, Myself, and I (and a Movie)

How I enjoy going to the cinema alone – and how that has to to with time geography

Since I’ve been in Australia a year and a half ago, I haven’t set foot in a single movie theatre (Well I actually have, but just to see the price and had to ‘casually’ walk out – those prices were ridiculously high, compared to what I had been so used to in Vietnam (about AUD3.00-4.00 per ticket).

I absolutely, utterly, extremely love going to the movie theatre on my own, Continue reading “Me, Myself, and I (and a Movie)”

Media-Apparition and The Connected BCM Classroom – a Small Research

A research proposal on how Communication and Media students at UOW use their media in class (lecture & tutorial)

Note: for ‘media-apparition’, see my previous post.

Let me take you to…

A lecture theatre. The lighting is dimmed so that the only source of light is the projected screen. Ah, no, I was wrong. The only sourceS of light are the large projector screen, and about thirty laptop screens plus about ten or twenty smartphone screens.

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A typical BCM lecture seen from the back row (artwork by me)

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Better Late Than Never – a Story of Grandpa and the Telly

The telly came to Vietnam a little later than most parts of the world – but my 70-year-old Grandpa made the best out of it.

That was what Grandpa emphasised more than twice during our Viber call last night – we couldn’t video-call because the Internet connection was just appalling – when I asked him to tell me about his TV memories. Continue reading “Better Late Than Never – a Story of Grandpa and the Telly”

Media Space: a trip to Blue Mountains, Apparition, Mindfulness, and one Session-Long Self-Experiment

By being everywhere at once, we end up being (in its truest sense – be present) nowhere at all. 

Fact: This blog post was supposed to be up two days ago on Friday, but I have no regrets putting it off until just now, because I just came back from a trip to Blue Mountains (with my significant other who has, unfortunately, been the target of all the whining and complaining I’ve been throwing around for the past month about not having had a decent break for about more than half a year – now I’ve got it at last) which has given me so much more insights into the matter.

During my weekend in the breathlessly picturesque Blue Mountains, I did something I don’t do very usually – I switched off my mobile data connection most off the time, except for at the beginning and the end of each day to message my family and close friends. That means I was no longer everywhere at the same time – in other words, I cut myself off from the multi-media-spaces I had so deeply been in. Continue reading “Media Space: a trip to Blue Mountains, Apparition, Mindfulness, and one Session-Long Self-Experiment”

[BCM212] Reflection – The Rigorous Research

At last, my BCM212 research on language barriers and Vietnamese international undergraduates at UOW has officially been finished. The progress has engraved in my mind the values of good research and good researchers – particularly critical judgement, social responsibility, and flexibility – as well as brushing up on my communications strategy planning skills. Continue reading “[BCM212] Reflection – The Rigorous Research”