Supporting Documentation of Informal Learning and Making from a Distance with Voicethread

ID: 49909 Type: Best Practices Session
  1. Kevin Oliver and Rob Moore, North Carolina State University, United States

Tuesday, November 15 11:55 AM-12:15 PM Location: Edison E View on map

Presider: Joanne Beriswill, Mississippi State University, United States

Abstract: This best practices session and paper describes the incorporation of Voicethread as a tool for supporting design documentation of makerspace projects among graduate distance education students in a course on informal learning. All students successfully utilized the tool to present photographic and video evidence of design processes with oral annotations, and received clarifications and feedback from peers. Students reported positive affordances of the tool in terms of marking up slides to communicate particular design decisions, sharing video as “proof” of successfully completing a particular make project and as exemplars of makers’ problem solving and thinking, documenting a linear process with media evidence as a preferred approach to written documentation for informal settings, and making comparative assessments across peer designs with the ability to question and clarify through interaction. The choice of asynchronous documentation versus synchronous collaboration is considered.

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