Following on from my previous post, Wikimedia Commons is a repository full of (~ 5.5 million) media files; images, audio, and video clips. It acts as a fully searchable database, with a similar feel to Wikipedia.
I saw Ignitecast this week and immediately became excited. This looks like something that I could really make (a lot of) use of. Ignitecast allows the combining of various media into a presentation, screencast, slideshow, an online course, broadcast video, and more. These then get uploaded to the Ingitecast site for free, allowing sharing across the web, or within an intranet. These can be embedded in multiple other online places. You can also uploaded them to YouTube.
In addition, you can publish to files:
Interestingly, this should therefore allow the easy creation of video podcasts for iTunes circulation. Something I intend experimenting with sometime soon(ish).
To use Ignitecast, you need to register and download the scateignite software and there are three versions to choose from:
There’s an Ignitecast that explains things a little better.
I haven’t had time to create with Ignitecast yet, but I can’t wait to get my hands dirty. When I do, I’ll show you via this blog.
Following a private (DM) discussion on Twitter with @evestirling the following occurred to me.
If the product of students’ work is to be assessed then it’s appropriate for the HE institution to set the assessment environment and medium.
If process is the important factor, then the students should be allowed to work in whatever environment and media they want, and the institutions need to adapt their assessment processes to accommodate. The control should be with the student in the form of a PLE; not the HE institution.
Comments are very welcome on this.