This just goes to show you what you can learn from your students:
In the two online sections of English 328 I’m teaching right now, I’m having students working collaboratively to make short videos that they are going to then upload to YouTube. I know, it’s a logistical
nightmare er, challenge. So far, things seem to be working fairly well. The groups are figuring out a lot of different ways of collaborating and interacting with each other– on the eCollege course site, in/on chat rooms, via email, via the phone, and in person. Since about 80% of these students are taking classes on campus along with the online classes, the “outside of class” meeting time has so far seemed to work.
Anyway, I have a lot of thoughts on the implications and possibilities of this assignment that I haven’t really processed yet, and I am very interested to see how this comes off. But I’ve already learned at least one useful tip: MEGAUPLOAD. As far as I can tell, the goal of the site is to host giant files that others can download for various reasons. The “top 100” downloads on the site seem to mostly be game demos and movie trailers. But it is also a site where you can upload the kind of huge files that are difficult to handle via email– you know, things like huge movie files. They’ll take things up to 1 GB for free, and bigger than that if you opt for the premium version.
It’s not a perfect solution of course, but if I am remembering Dànielle Nicole DeVoss, Ellen Cushman, and Jeffrey T. Grabill “Infrastructure and Composing: The When of New-Media Writing” article correctly, one of the big problems there was a computer lab that wouldn’t allow students to save these giant files. This might help with that, and it certainly helps with the online class sharing, too.