8 Jun 2012

JISC Mobile Reflections Update – Week One

Posted by Carole Kirk

So far, we have 7 students taking part in the project, including undergraduate, taught post graduate and PhD. We also have one member of staff interested in participating.

To help the participants get started, I’ve given them briefing notes, and a link to using an iPhone for video. I also asked them these questions:-

  • What mobile device are you planning to use? Do you need to borrow a Flip camera?
  • What are your objectives for this project? e.g. What skills do you want to learn? Is there anything in particular that you want to focus your reflections upon?
  • If you are using this to help develop a creative project, can you briefly describe the project?
  • Do you maintain a blog or ePortfolio, or use Twitter? (It’s fine if you don’t!)
  • What technical (or any other) support do you think you might need?

Summary of their Responses


Three students requested to borrow a flip camera – one because it is more portable and easier to use than an SLR (which was their other option); and the other two because the quality of video from their phone was not good enough (no audio; difficult to access the videos from the phone). The other participants plan to use iPhones, although one also has access to a flip camera which they may use as well.


Stated objectives for the project included:-

  • to become more familiar with digital recording devices
  • finding ways to integrate digital devices into research and thinking processes
  • reflecting on what is chosen to film/frame/compose
  • to reflect on research undertaken for their dissertation project
  • to develop skills in keeping and organising a record of work
  • to learn about video as a method of documentation, particularly for research that requires a phenomenological or qualitative approach
  • to assist with analysis of data and experiences to plan for PhD thesis
  • to learn how to successfully present reflective material to audiences
  • to learn how reflecting at different times in different spaces, and how capturing strategies, can improve learning
  • to unpack the relationship between creative process and developing research question
  • to learn skills in organising creative material and how reviewing this material may help to articulate experiences

Indication of Project areas

  • Improvisation and experiential anatomy in film making
  • Scenography, participation and digital interactive media
  • PSi#18 conference – documenting reflections
  • Gender performance, feminism and performance art
  • A tangible record of reflections to submit to collaborative partner (Dance) as evidence of methodological process
  • Immersive performance


Most participants have either a blog or Twitter or both.

Support required

Some participants do want help with video editing. No help was requested for the recording phase (other than borrowing equipment).