The Connected BCM Classroom – INTRO

This digital story starts here

“Spatial media are more and more mediating how space is understood and the interactions occurring within them. Geographic spaces are evermore complemented with various kinds of georeferenced and real-time data – pictures, thoughts, statistics, reviews, historical documents, routes – that can be accessed through a plethora of augmented and location-aware maps and interactive displays that have multiple points of view.”

(Kinchin, Lauriault & Wilson 2017, p. 9) Continue reading “The Connected BCM Classroom – INTRO”

The Connected BCM Classroom – TUTORIAL ROOM

A visit to a BCM tutorial

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The spatial design of the classroom hasn’t changed much from the past, and it is making teaching and learning more problematic. For example, large classrooms that are built for traditional ways of teaching become physically and visually distracting to students, and they eventually get lost in their own devices.

(a teacher, when interviewed)

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The Connected BCM Classroom – OUTRO

The story doesn’t end just yet

button_endHere we are, four weeks since this project started, and it has – against my most wistful expectations – opened up even more questions than it could actually answer.

I will close this story off with some memorable moments from my interview with a lecturer/tutor. Continue reading “The Connected BCM Classroom – OUTRO”

The Connected BCM Classroom – HOME

Now let’s head home for some self-study

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I don’t even bother trying,

is many’s honest reply to the question in the focus group of whether they had ever tried anything to keep themselves focused during classes or when self-studying. Continue reading “The Connected BCM Classroom – HOME”

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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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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[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”