|World of Chaucer – Adaptation, Pedagogy and Interdisciplinarity|
The pedagogic potential of machinima is well established. The acquisition of digital literacy skills alone justifies its inclusion in the curricula of many disciplines and levels of education, but less well demonstrated is the role machinima making can play in the support of interdisciplinary collaboration in higher education. This chapter investigates the teaching and learning dimensions of a collaborative machinima making project, and reports on a successful trial which brought together two diverse student cohorts from very different disciplines within the broader field of Arts and Humanities. The analysis here considers theories of adaptation, remediation and intertextuality in the study of machinimation, and draw on interviews with the student participants about their undertaking of collaborative machinima making and the anticipated and achieved learning outcomes and knowledge and literacies acquired.