Pilot case

Video conference for student-driven online learning activities

Designing and developing a video conference platform that enables student-driven activities in online study groups.

Pilot leader

Teemu Leinonen

Schools

School of Arts Design and Architecture

Reach

40 students

Timeline

2017

Overview

We will design and further develop a video conference platform that enables student-driven activities in online study groups. For that purpose, we will contribute to development of the Unhangout, an open source platform for running large-scale, participant-driven events online.

The aim is to develop the Unhangout’s user interface (UI and user experience (UX) so that one can arrange various kind of video conference that supports student-driven online learning activities. One of the activities is online flipped classroom with fishbowl conversation. The UI/UX will be designed and developed to support the fishbowl discussion.

We are looking for collaborators who were interested in using Unhangout and its extensions, such as fishbowl, in A!OLE networking events and workshops. Collaboration with any A!OLE pilot that is interested in student-driven learning activities and video conferences is possible.

Platforms and tools

We are planning to use Unhangout platform in the pilot. Unhangout is a platform for participant-driven online events and conferences that was developed by the MIT Media Lab. The platform uses WebRTC technology, does not depend on any commercial third-party services, and is entirely open-source and the code is maintained on gitlab.

  • Unhangout platform: https://unhangout.media.mit.edu
  • Unhangout blog: http://unhangout.tumblr.com/
  • Unhangout project in GitLab: https://gitlab.com/cdetar/reunhangout

Pedagogical methods

The Unhangout will be piloted within the Introduction to Media Art and Culture course. The aim is to apply the flipped classroom with home works and classroom discussions fully online.

Involved courses

DOM-E5024 – Introduction to Media Art and Culture course (3 ECTS)

People

Teemu Leinonen
School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Media, Media Lab
Pilot leader

Jana Pejoska
School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Media, Media Lab

Marjo Virnes
School of Art, Design and Architecture, Department of Media, Media Lab

Phillip Schmidt
Director of Learning Innovation, MIT Media Lab
Collaborator

Katherine McConachie
Learning Initiative Coordinator, MIT Media Lab
Collaborator


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