I propose our friend the live video chat as a technology to sit alongside other staples of blogs, RSS, Twitter, Social Networks, links/embeds and VLEs.
By live video chat I mean tools such as Hangouts (+ hangouts on air), Blackboard Collaborate, Adobe Connect etc. In generic terms these are “Synchronous Audio Graphic” tools and they have the advantages of:
- bringing people together for a live conversation
- give you the chance to ask real time questions
- strengthen social connections and enhance a sense of community
- beef up the presence for the instructors on the course (see ETCMOOC blog “many comments related to a desire to hear more from the MOOC teacher”)
The ‘live’ part is both the advantage and the curse. Not everyone will be able to make a point in time, so an ability to make a recording is an advantage. I didn’t make the PLN chat for this course, but I can watch the recording when I am free. Recordings of calls make it easy to capture course material (eg Weller/Siemens/Cormier).
The examples above are for sessions involving tutors and students, but these technologies also make it possible to have student initiated small group chats – which we have enjoyed already as a tutor group on H817.