TikTok: Time Doesn’t Stop…

When I first discovered this thing called TikTok, my mind began to close over. I’m not sure if I was initially told about it by someone, or if I saw some of its 15 second creations shared on a different social media platform, but I do recall having a feeling that was the equivalent of…

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

This blog post is not about building a snowman. This blog post is about the value and power of editing, overlay, and music in video-making. That doesn’t sound quite as ‘sexy’ does it, but the process is actually not entirely dissimilar to making a snowperson. The below sections highlight the steps I recently took to…

Blogging as Content Creation

Why blog? Well, if you approach this question with even 2.5% skepticism over the value of blogging, I highly recommend having a read of an earlier post I wrote called ‘Blogging Away: Making Media for a Competitive Advantage‘. In fact, I strongly suggest reading that blog in any case as it has some inspiring stories…

Learn by Doing

Learning by doing. Frank is pretty sick of hearing me say it. Frankly, I don’t care. Learning by doing is a phrase that I’m sure many students get tired of me repeating too, but I’m going to keep using it. When it comes to content creation in the online world, doing is the only way…

Discussion Boards

Click… Wait… Click… Wait… Click… This is what I do when I access a Learning Management System to make a weekly news item. To do this, I mostly make a series of bullet point hyperlinks to the provided unit resources. And the pauses while waiting for each of the three phases of making these links…

Spending Better Time on Social Media

Have you ever given a presentation in front of a large group of people and been asked a difficult question? Maybe even a rude one? Back in August 2014, I was invited to speak at a forum called ‘The Strategic Researcher’ for Deakin University’s Faculty of Arts and Education. I wasn’t told what I should…

Online Etiquette: Remembering the ‘Social’ in Social Media

My sister and I are best friends. You wouldn’t know it judging from a recent text message conversation we had… at least if you’re reading it from the outside. In fact, I’ve played up this kind of antagonism in a teaching video I made a few years ago, and in various other places since. It’s…

Producing Versions of Our/Selves: Reflections on a ‘Welcome Video’

At some point while I was putting together my latest ‘Welcome Video’ for students, the following thought occurred to me: ‘Bloody hell, there’s a lot of you in this video!’ And by ‘you,’ of course, I meant me. This was perhaps particularly striking to me because I was filming myself again and again in different…