A blog (a shorthand term that means web log) is a personal online journal, which includes chronological entries and some kind of commenting system. In LearnJCU, blogs entries may include text, images, links, multimedia, mashups and/or attachments. They are open for peers’ comments.
An eBook is a book consisting of text, images or both, composed in or converted to digital format for display on a computer screen or handheld device. Students may be required to author or co-author an interactive eBook. An interactive eBook may use videos, three-dimensional diagrams, interactive infographics, animation, text markups and/or quizzes.
An ePoster is intended to display information that is not possible with a traditional printed poster. Information is communicated by embedding multimedia content, along with static elements, such as titles, logos and summaries. Examples of dynamic visual elements include videos, slideshows, animated charts and graphs, scrolling text and three dimensional rotations of models.
A discussion forum is organised into topics by 'threads'. Students may be required to start a thread on a topic of their choosing or reply to a discussion taking place.
A podcast (a combination of ‘iPod’, one of the most popular portable MP3 players, and ‘broadcast’) is an audio or video broadcast made available on the Internet for downloading to a computer or portable media player. A podcast can be created by students who have access to microphones or digital video cameras and computers with recording software.
A narrated slideshow includes an audio recording synchronised to slide images. The narration can be directly recorded into Powerpoint. A digital story is similar to a narrated slideshow. It usually runs for a short duration (e.g. 3-5 minutes) and utilises a script (e.g. 300-400 words) that is complemented by still photographs (e.g. 10-15 images). The narration and still images enhance each other to convey meaning.
A Pecha Kucha (Japanese for ‘sound of conversation/chit-chat/chatter’) is a presentation style in which 20 slides are shown for 20 seconds each (6 minutes and 40 seconds in total). The images advance automatically while the student presents to the audience. This format keeps presentations concise and fast-paced.
A video presentation may require students to present to camera or capture real life movements and interactions complemented by an audio commentary. Students are able to capture video on mobile devices.
A multi/blended media production involves a narration or audio file that is enhanced by an integration of still images, slow moving images (‘slowmation’) and video (fast moving images).
A ‘slowmation’ (abbreviated from ‘slow animation”) is a multi-modal digital representation. It is a simplified way for students to design and make a narrated stop-motion animation that is played slowly at two frames per second to explain a concept or tell a story. The explanation can be enhanced with text or music.
A wiki is a group authoring/collaborative writing tool. It is an editable website developed by a community of uses, allowing any user to add and edit content. A complete version history is kept. The aim is for collaborators to reach a consensus or compromise in regards to the content of the webpage/s.