Meanwhile as still dwelling on the issues on the Self-regulated learning -course, and writing very structured posts in my blog for that, I decided to write something a little less structured for awhile.
In addition to the SRL – course, I’m also taking Learning Theory and Pedagogical Use of Technology– course. Well, the issues dealt with there are pretty much the same as on the other courses, namely SRL and CSCL. So you really cannot miss what are the core concepts and theories in our studies, and at the heart of the LET research unit. 🙂
But what I wanted to talk more about is the hackathon-style competition, Edit Challenge 2014, that we took part on the Learning Theory -course. This was a joint event organised by the Oulu University of Applied Sciences in Finland and the Pädagogische Hochschule Oberösterreich in Austria. The challenge was organised as a Hackathon-style educational event in which university-level students worked together in teams to create educational videos, and the event was held simultaneously in both locations, of course.
I was a bit nervous at first about how this was going to work out, that is, creating an educational video in such a short period of time with people I have never met before. However, it’s always good to try out new things, although they may seem daunting at first. And I figured that as this was set as one of our course tasks, this must be a good opportunity to learn.
I was randomly assigned to a group, that turned out to be a great one! Me and another student from the LET -studies represented the “experts” in learning, and two other students were from Oulu University of Applied Sciences and possessed knowledge about visual communication and technical editing of videos, so they were the “experts” in media communication. We figured out the idea or concept for our video quite quickly while getting to know each other and planning the project at the same time. So from the planning phase we were able to move directly to filming and then editing. All in all, the whole process of making the film took about 6-7 hours. You can check out our video below. (It’s the first one of the nine videos that made it to the finals.)
We didn’t win though, but still I’m happy about what we could do together, especially taking into account that we did not know each other before, and we had a limited amount of time to use. I’m happy about how well our project itself went. We were from the beginning on the same page, so to speak, so communication and decision making was easy. We also shared the view about our goals that we wanted to reach and were equally motivated. We were able to combine everyone’s expertise to produce an educational video.
What we wanted to point out in our video is that in today’s world the learner can, and has to be, a curious and an active one in search for knowledge and understanding. The different technological means enable us to not only search for information, but also to construct it together, and share it further.
Contemplating still a bit more about this Edit Challenge, I like it’s idea to combine different people’s different knowledge and expertise, and how it challenges those people to work together. Having these kinds of experiences in university level is a huge advantage (compare this to students just attending and listening to lectures, and never getting to do anything practical with their knowledge, for example), and not only let the students to practice their skills and make use of their knowledge in real situations, but prepare them for the working life. Because that’s pretty much what working life is nowadays: working with many different people with different background, knowledge and skills, to jointly solve a problem, or create and innovate something new.
So, I’m happy to have experienced this “challenge”, and gotten three new friends midst the learning process. (Thanks girls!) ❤