Digital Storytelling Proposal

As time has gone on social media has become an integral part of our everyday lives. On social media we share images and thoughts to create an aggregation of stories that make up our lives.  Posting photos on Instagram have replaced the photo book which probably sits packed away somewhere in our homes.

When we go to look for a photo we search our social media profiles. We approach conversations saying, “did you see the photo I uploaded yesterday?”

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Lecture Stories pt.4

Welcome to the final blog post of my lecture story series!

In response to my last question revolving around Twitter and online lecture recordings, I have discovered that this new digital paradigm comes new anxieties. As a result, lecturers are cautious about what they say as this very public place has now shifted into a permanent space within time.

But then I question about the source of time and how one chooses to utilise this. As the semester progresses, the student attendance decreases thus changing the demographic of students that attend lectures each week.

Within every lecture setting there are the Robert’s and the Susan’s. The Robert’s are students who are relatively new to the University landscape and are simply note taking using the class as a means to an end in securing better job prospects. However, the Susan’s are students who enter into the lecture with base knowledge, ready to build upon their critical thinking and so construct their own knowledge. I often notice that many lecturers disseminate insightful content only to receive looks of confusion from students who are considered ‘Robert’s’.

My question to you this week:

How does the decrease in student attendance impact you emotionally (being the reaction to the decrease in students) and intellectually (being the way your teaching style reflects the change in demographic of students to accommodate to different learners)? Do you notice a change in demographic where one ‘type’ of student is in higher attendance?

If you’re a lecturer or active within lectures and would like to take part of this online discussion about your experiences comment below and find a link here to my Project Information and the intentions of my research.



Project Information

This is a study which investigates the impact lecture attendance has upon academic staff.

I aim to look at the changing demographic of students have within the lecture space and change the dynamic of discussion, the digital paradigm shift and also the quantity of attendance. With this in mind, I wish to create a series of blog posts which ask questions which invite only academic staff to comment their responses and reactions.

This study requires the participant to answer the questions honestly whilst using it as a self-reflection. You are not obligated to take part in each blog post and can contribute as much or as little as you like.

My findings will be presented throughout the process upon this blog weekly where you can review my reflection of the results whilst joining the conversation on twitter with the #lecturestories hashtag.

By commenting within the blog series you are taking part of my study, feel free to look at the project information for more details.

I hope that you will join me on this journey. If you have any questions feel free to contact me via twitter @moniquelombardo.

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Research Proposal

Choosing a narrowed research topic in BCM210 has proved to be very difficult as I like to think of philosophical issues that play upon my curiosity of the theory of consciousness and the involvement of technology in life. I have decided to narrow this down to the question: “How many students attend lectures at UOW?”.

This topic provides a social utility to both the uni and other students as it provides first hand evidence on the attendance of students to lectures. This then goes to look at why students miss lectures and the role technology plays to make ‘going’ to lectures easier. By ‘going’ to lectures, I mean streaming them online from the comfort of their bed. This then goes deeper to discuss the word ‘compulsory’ where students are forced to sit in a lecture just on the basis of ticking off attendance to pass the subject. Therefore investigating the interest of students and how this translates into reality and so the future.

I will investigate this research by conducting a survey that will provide me with an idea of the positions that students hold in relation to this question. From here I will branch out and conduct research on other studies such as Gysber’s research taking a similar approach on the question.

This question tackles curiosity, reflexivity and social responsibility as it allows us to understand our place within the world and the changing behaviours within the young generation amidst the technological revolution.

This topic should be very interesting!