5 September 2012: Old Skill, New Media: Developing communication ability in a digital age

Presenter: Will Rifkin (University of Sydney, Australia)

Hosted by Professor Geoff Crisp, RMIT University and Dr Mathew Hillier, University of Queensland, Australia starting 07:00AM UST/GMT. Duration 56 minutes.

The ability to compose a report or presentation is on every list of graduate attributes. It can be called an 'old skill.' Composition now needs to extend beyond configuring a traditional, linear document or providing a stand-and-deliver presentation. Students need to be able to represent their cause, their organisation, or themselves online using a range of media.
This session explores a range of questions and the implications for student assessment including: What difference does it make for a 'composition' to be online? What have pioneering lecturers learned about how students engage with an assignment and how they tailor and handle feedback from audiences other than their lecturer? What do we know about the development of students' communication abilities when they make a video, podcast, blog, or wiki? How well do they comprehend the possibilities and limitations of new media, both for university work and subsequent professional use? How are they handling copyright and intellectual property for images and music, and are these additional elements merely distractions? So, what happens when the old skill of composition meets today's new media, or the new media of the future?

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