This case study aims to give you a basic understanding of the website Flickr, and how it was used to teach photography in a blended (face-to-face and online) class. It discusses the benefits of using an online community for submitting, organising and giving feedback on images, and the impact on student learning. Key issues surrounding pedagogic planning and teaching with Flickr that were encountered in this context of the case study will also be examined, highlighting the benefits and potential issues of adopting this approach.
Type of Material:
Workshop and Training Material
For any photography course, whether online or ground campus, the Flickr website could be used to demonstrate various photographic techniques, how to upload photos, and how photos display in an online environment.
A fast internet connection and a web browser capable of playing videos smoothly. Adobe PDF reader (up to date version).
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The case study explores the use of the Flickr website to better engage online students. Flickr is a website that focuses on images uploaded by users and the case study concerns facilitating an online photography class.
Target Student Population:
The target population is: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Although the case study addresses facilitating a photography course, the basic skills needed would include knowledge of image resolution, image file types, and how they display on a monitor as opposed to a printer.
An innovative look at how to use Flicker as an educational tool. Excellent suggestions and discussions about in class use, scenarios students might face (copyright).
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This is an effective tool for an instructor who wants to share graphic information to a classroom full of students.
There are also useful strategies for the instructor to get started with using Flickr (and for that matter, similar tools).
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The content is offered in easy to understand video format with examples of how to engage the students. It's helpful to have high speed internet connection for the videos.
Users will need some proficiency in uploading images to Flickr.
It's useful to have some practice with using Flickr-even if not as extensively as the photography students.
The site beyond Flickr: https://ltto.unsw.edu.au/ , is very helpful; there are short videos and PDF downloads for each section. It's recommended that the users will go beyond the Flickr section and review the whole site.
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