Understanding Machinima

Chapter 11

Chapter World of Chaucer – Adaptation, Pedagogy and Interdisciplinarity

Authors

Abstract

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.

Media

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Drakortha's The DC Chronicles series
http://www.drakortha.info/#/dc-chronicles/4535926375
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Kennedy, Gregor et al. 2007. "The Net Generation are not Big Users of Web 2.0 Technologies: Preliminary Findings."
http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/singapore07/procs/kennedy.pdf
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Nitsche, Michael. 2005. "Film Live: An Excursion into Machinima."
http://www.lcc.gatech.edu/~nitsche/download/Nitsche_machinima_DRAFT4.pdf
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Carrol, John, and David Cameron. 2005. "Machinima: Digital Performance and Emergent Authorship."
http://www.digra.org/dl/db/06276.32151.pdf
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Machinimation
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The rap Chaucer is performed by Baba Brinkman
http://www.bababrinkman.com/
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In 2003 the BBC did a version of the tales set in modern Britain
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/3078140.stm
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The Wife of Bath's Tale using World of Warcraft
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Elliott, Bobby. 2008. "Online Collaborative Assessment: Assessing Student Online Collaboration."
http://www.scribd.com/doc/9375123/Online-Collaborative-Assessment
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Barwell, Graham, Chris Moore, and Ruth Walker. 2011. "Marking Machinima: A Case Study in Assessing Student Use of a Web 2.0 Technology."
http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajet27/barwell.pdf
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Google's YouTube http://www.youtube.com/
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The students' video based on The Pardoner's Tale
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The machinima archive at the Internet Archive
http://archive.org/details/machinima
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The 3D software tool Blender
http://www.blender.org/
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The 3D software tool 3ds Max
http://usa.autodesk.com/3ds-max/