Digital Media and Intellectual Property Rights


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Unit 1 - Digital Media

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Objectives

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Define digital media
  2. Identify different types of digital media
  3. Create digital media for presentation of topics in an educational context
  4. Discuss educational implications of the use and creation of digital media within the educational context

Rationale

This unit places such discourse within the identification, creation and use of digital media in the education context. It is intended to support teachers in creating and using digital media and to analyse and discuss the benefits and/or threats of their use and the impact within pedagogical and theoretical frameworks such as constructivism and multiple intelligences. A portfolio of digital media will be created.

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Introduction

“Digital tools will not replace the book, paper and pen, face to face interaction, or all the other ways that we socialize, learn, and communicate. But they are taking their place alongside these other means and modes of education, and they are changing the way young people are learning and how they expect to be taught. The net effect of these technologies is to make learning more participatory, at once more self-directed and more collaborative. Students today need to be more skeptical of what they see and hear, more willing to ask questions, more active in synthesizing what they find, and more creative in what they design, build, and produce. Such changes may be driven by technology and its effects, but ultimately they also require a shift in the paradigm for teaching and learning. MacArthur’s work in education aims to help students, parents, schools, and communities adapt to a new reality”.

McArthur foundation

Digital media refers to the form in which data is stored electronically and ranges from cellular phones, compact discs, computers, electronic books, games, interactive media, the internet and televisions. The rise of digital media can be traced through its evolution from tapes to cds to cloud technology to mashups. There is a great increase in the use of digital media and digital media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and MySpace. Within the educational context the creation and use of digital media and digital media platforms are on the rise. The international education technology standards call for an increase in the digital experience and digital education for students.

For more information, please refer to the Wikipedia article on Digital Media

Of particular focus within the education sector is interactive media, which is situated in the Constructivist discourse for students to be actively involved in the process of learning. Computer systems are directed by the user’s actions to create and present digital content in forms of: text, graphics, animation, video, audio, etc.

For more information, please refer to the Wikipedia article on Interactive Media

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Pre-Test Questions

  1. What is digital media and how has it evolved to its present form?
  2. What are digital media platforms?
  3. How are digital media and digital media platforms being used in education?
  4. What are some of the implications (educational, legal and social) for the use and creation of digital media within education?
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Interactives

  1. Read Alexander, B. (2006) Web 2.0: A new wave of innovation for teaching and learning? for a discussion on how education is changing in an increasingly digital climate.
  2. For a discussion of how digital media has expanded and is changing the design and content of digital media read the Lamb, B. (2007). Dr. Mashup; or, Why Educators Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Remix.
  3. Read ABC’s take on the evolution of accessing to online audiences and the trend of digital media.
  4. On the educational implications of online education access and need for digital media look at David Noble's Digital Diploma Mills, a critique of online distance education.
  5. Read the blog on evolution and trends in digital media within the article Media Technology and Society A History: From the Telegraph to the Internet by Brian Winston.
  6. Visit the site http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/StoryTools for a look at Alan Levine’s interaction with and use of a variety of digital media in a story telling context. Alan Levine. (2007). “50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story.” Accessed 25 March 2009.
  7. Formulate some questions about this Youtube video - Michael Moore's Statement about File Sharing and Piracy

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Post-Test Questions

  1. What is digital media and what are the contemporary forms found?
  2. Describe uses of digital media in an educational context. What are some of the educational, legal and social implications of their use?
  3. What are digital media platforms? How are they used in education today and what are some of the educational, legal and social implications of their use?
  4. What are some of the implications (educational, legal and social) for the creation of digital media within education?
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Assignments

Please complete the following four assignments:

Assignment #1: Choose a topic/theme presented in the readings and post-questions above and post your synopsis of key points and implications in the educational context to the forum “Digital Media in the education context”. Make an original post and comment on at least three other posts.

Assignment #2: Create a video media production highlighting your key points in assignment 1 and the discussion thread presented from responses to your post. Upload your media production to the forum “Media production”. Respond to at least three of your colleagues’ productions.

Assignment #3: Visit the site Alan Levine. (2007). “50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story.” Accessed 25 March 2009. Choose a tool create and present a story using your chosen tool. Create a blog post of your reflection in using the tool.

Assignment #4: Post your questions to the Youtube video - Michael Moore's Statement about File Sharing and Piracy (embedded below) to the discussion forum “File sharing and Piracy”. Respond to at least three posts.



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Resources

Alan Levine. (2007). “50 Web 2.0 Ways to Tell a Story.” Accessed 25 March 2009. http://cogdogroo.wikispaces.com/StoryTools

Alexander, B. (2006) Web 2.0: A new wave of innovation for teaching and learning? http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0621.pdf

American Broadcasting Corporation - http://www.abc.net.au/corp/pubs/media/s1842869.htm

David Noble's Digital Diploma Mills http://communication.ucsd.edu/dl/

Lamb, B. (2007). Dr. Mashup; or, Why Educators Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Remix. http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0740.pdf

Blog on Evolution and Trends in Digital Media. Article - Media Technology and Society

A History: From the Telegraph to the Internet by Brian Winston http://kristina-digital.blogspot.com/2006/10/evolution-and-trends-in-digital-media.html

Youtube video, Michael Moore's File Sharing and Piracy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7uvRCyVfa0

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