With almost every App I’m introduced to in this mosomelt cmooc comes a sense of excitement and my mind goes racing, thinking of the potential to enhance my students’ learning experiences.Bambuser is no different.
But actually Bambuser IS different!
Bambuser seems to combine many of the features that I am looking for plus is easy to use (I only had one false start then was able to seamlessly record something and have it automatically posted to me Twitter feed). Students who are learning online are definitely looking for some sort of authentic connection with the lecturer that is often missing when there are no face to face teaching sessions scheduled. My online students get to see my image and get to hear my voice but together these elements still do not create a real sense of ‘presence’.
Bambuser may well fill this gap by at least allowing my students to see and hear me ‘in action’. I can see a real use for this tool in providing short analyses of case studies as a way to help cement learning of course topics plus could easily be used to live stream a Q&A session on questions posed earlier by students, again based on a specific areas of the course or aspects of assessment. I continually try to focus my teaching on learning and have assessment as a secondary element, despite many students wanting things the other way round so one more avenue would be to use Bambuser to produce commentary of ethical issues in the news. Fellow mosomelt participant Laurent Antonczek has used Bambuser in all sorts of outside settings and I really like this. It reflects my aim to facilitate students seeing ethics everywhere not just in the course content.
Here’s my initial thoughts, via Bambuser (am sure there are more to come): http://bambuser.com/v/5647074