Four students studying on the MA DTCE in the School of Education at the University of Manchester attended the 11th international Diverse conference in Dublin, Ireland last week. The conference brought together 110 academics, practitioners, and researchers from the fields of video and visual media for teaching learning to share their work.
The Manchester students’ contribution to the conference was however not limited to the content alone, as they joined 22 other students from Ireland and Norway to broadcast keynote speaker interviews, delegate vox-pops, and other materials live onto the web. The video and live broadcast production workshop was an international collaborative effort between Dublin City University (conference host) in Ireland, University College Lillehammer in Norway, and the MA DTCE programme at the University of Manchester. Students worked in teams to video interview esteemed academics such as Professor Michael Wesch and Professor Roy Pea of Stamford University, amongst others. They then operated cameras and audio and vision mixing equipment to create four live broadcasts on consecutive days.
This achievement is made even more remarkable as the students had not met each other until two days before the first live broadcast was scheduled for transmission. For lecturer and broadcast producer, Dr. Michael O’Donoghue, this was the third such live broadcast student workshop from the Diverse conference. “It’s the largest crew we’ve had for the live broadcasts, and by far the best all round experience. It’s great to see our students engaging in meaningful discussion with prominent academics, and using available video technologies and social media to put this out into the world – I’m very proud of them all”, he said. MA DTCE student Meyi Scholar Okuo added “Whilst the conference was demanding, the hands-on experience was truly inspiring and largely influenced my self-confidence”. Fellow student Angela Henry added “attending the conference gave me the opportunity to meet authors and people that you would make reference to in assignments – it fits in well with the MA DTCE in terms of using technology and communicating”. Though the Diverse conference is now over for 2011 the legacy of this activity continues. “I’m interviewing keynotes and filming at BERA at UCL in September and I hope to include a few of the broadcast crew members from Dublin on this and subsequent activities”, O’Donoghue commented.