This Learning to Teach Online case study aims to give you a basic understanding of the website http://flickr.com, by explaining how Lynette Zeeng from Swinburne University of Technology used it to teach photography in a blended (face-to-face and online) class. It discusses the benefits of using an online community for submitting, organizing 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
Part of a series previously reviewed by the Teacher Education Board.
Homework, team, in class
Current browser with video capability that supports downloads.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The learner will learn how Flickr can be used as an instructional tool in an online environment.
Target Student Population:
Grade School, Middle School, High School, College General Ed, College Lower Division, College Upper Division, Graduate School, Professional
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Familiarity with using Flickr, basic Internet navigation
Evaluation and Observation
This video does a good job presenting Flickr as an instructional tool, especially in the area of photography.
The focus is on a photography course, but the idea could be incorporated into other situations after viewing the video.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning objectives connected to how Flickr could be used---offered facilitator tips.
Outside of photography, it may not be “easy” to write assignments for in other content areas, but not impossible.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The video is nicely chunked and presents both content and application of the Flickr site.