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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Using Flickr as an online classroom - Case study

by Simon McIntyre
 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.5 stars
Content Quality: 4.5 stars
Effectiveness: 4.5 stars
Ease of Use: 4.5 stars
Reviewed: Apr 15, 2013 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: This tutorial is a site within a site about a host system, “Flickr” that was designed to help photographers and other interested viewers learn how to use “Flickr” photo sharing. “Flickr” is a free on-line digital storage system designed to help photographers to organize, store, catalog and share their work. The site includes a way to choose the level of copyright protection (license) that a photographer wants to assign their digital work. Additional information on the site includes a way to identify the details concerning metadata about the work that has been uploaded. “Flickr” can be utilized to create on-line labs and worksites, as well as, on-line collaboration, discussion or sharing.
Learning Goals: For the teacher, the learning goals are to understand all the possibilities of posting visual material online for all participants to see. For students the learning increases when they see others' work, comment on it and get comments on their work.
Target Student Population: Students of photography and students that will need to upload photographs which could include many disciplines such as: business, advertising/marketing, medicine, astronauts (NASA)etc….
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: General computing skillsand digital camera equipment.
Type of Material: This is a video, about 9 minutes long, with the teacher and students discussing the features and benefits of using Flickr for a photography class.
Recommended Uses: For on-line storage of photographs and to use as an additional layer of "texture" in on-line education.
Technical Requirements: computer, web connectivity, a Yahoo and Flickr account and a PDF reader

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: Great information and a quick view of the capabilites of "Flickr". Gives the viewer the ability to determine the data about the photos they are viewing such as the shutter speed. Solid support PDF.
Concerns: The quality of production is in the realm of too much talking heads for a video. It could be much more lively - especially given the subject of photography. The student work shown is good, but not as frequent in the video as it could be. Nine minutes becomes long.The moderator moves in a jerky fashion and moves a little fast. When it is enlarged to full-screen it breaks up digitally. More specifically the YouTube image at full-scale becomes hazy.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: This tutorial contains concise information about site. This tutorial shows that "Flickr" fosters international exposure and audience. This tutorial shows that "Flickr" allows the ability to compare your work to your peers. Therefore it may sharpen a student’s competitive nature.
Concerns: About "Flickr", limit of 200 photo files. The quality of the video is a little blurry. The instructor moves a little fast.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 4.5 stars
Strengths: The video itself is very easy to use.
Concerns: It moves a little fast for the novice.There is not instruction on how to set up the program or for students to upload their products. If the student does not have a solid understanding of the digital products that we have available to us today they may, perhaps, become overwhelmed.

Other Issues and Comments: The site that houses this video is an award winning site that deserves full accolades. The University of New South Wales (UNSW), College of Fine Arts (COFA), is internationally recognized. The problem that I found is that once you upload a page, and you see a YouTube video, the YouTube Video Screen occludes the majority of the information in the drop down menu: “What would you like to learn about".
Comments from Author: 1. The video being fuzzy and poor quality when enlarged... The video is actually uploaded to YouTube in HD. when the person who reviewed this enlarged the video, they also need to set the playback resolution to 1080 HD by clicking the little cog icon on the bottom of the video. We paid particular attention to ensuring the video quality was as high as it could be during production. 2. The video moves too fast for beginners... This is why we created the PDF that accompanies the video. The video was always meant to give the overall picture and the PDF can be read at leisure. It also contains more information, tips and links. The PDF can be found under the video on our website. We realise that when embedded in different websites, maintaining the link to the PDF and hence creating awareness of the extra component can be difficult. 3. Video obscuring the drop down menu... Thanks for letting us know this. We will take a look at the issue.