Feb 032017

I am currently presenting at the Western Australian Teaching and Learning Forum 2017, being held at Curtin University.

Here is the abstract for the session:

When a student grabs an image here, a sound-bite there, and then adds them to an assessed non-text work, do they understand where the line lies between quotation, plagiarism and illegal re-use? The difference between these? Do we as educators? If student assessments involve digital objects like images, audio files and movies, how do we make sure they are effectively demonstrating engagement with disciplinary non-text “literature” and are supporting their ideas with authoritative disciplinary sources? What do we tell them about the relationship between copyright, citation and non-text media? What can we do to ensure that we, as assessors, actually understand this?

If we are to facilitate digital fluency for our students, then our assessments need to involve submission of nontext media. Generally academics have a very solid grasp on quotation, copyright and academic integrity for text assessments, but do we let students down if we avoid setting non-text media assessments because we cannot transfer this understanding away from text? Digital objects are consumed independently of accompanying text, so an accompanying reference list will not do, nor will reading out fully-formatted APA6-style citations within an audio report. This session presents examples from professional experience, both as a university lecturer and as an academic librarian. It also shares some challenging case-studies that still have me scratching my head.

I used Camtasia to record my practice session on Saturday, which I uploaded to YouTube and have embedded below, Multimedia assessments – citation, plagiarism and legal reuse. I am experimenting in one of the units I teach with replacing my recorded 45 minute live lectures with a couple of 5-7 minute movies each topic. I wanted to give the setup a burl. I would change the lighting (and make sure my head was not covering the slide text) in the real thing.

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