Students in our Second Year module Methods in Geography (GY201) have just completed a small interactive project using ViPo — a suite of software developed here in NUI Maynooth that allows students to upload and rate photos they take of their home place.
We have about 295 students in Second Year — yes, that many — and they are split into six tutorial sessions, with each student forming part of a smaller group of four. Students in each tutorial session elected a theme that they would try to capture in their photos e.g. session one went for ‘pollution’. They then went out-and-about to take photos and uploaded to ViPo just five photos, each with an accompanying short (tweet-like) description of 140 characters.
They had a couple of days to go online and rate the photos in each of their small groups of four students with a view to deciding on two group-winning entries. Then, in the last two days of the project, all of the students in each tutorial session rated all of the group winners to arrive at one overall winning photo and description.
The fantastic winning entries are noted below.
Session One (Tuesdays 9am): Pollution
Session Two (Tuesdays 11am): Nature
Session Three (Wednesdays 11am): Leisure
Session Four (Thursdays 11am): The economic crisis
Session Five (Thursdays 1pm): Pollution
Session Six (Thursdays 3pm): The economic crisis
Well done and thanks to all of the students for uploading more than 1000 images and writing loads of neat descriptions (and putting up with the teething problems!) — and a special well done to the six winners noted above.
Alistair Fraser and Shelagh Waddington
Please note: This small project and development of the ViPo software has been supported by a NUIM Teaching Fellowship awarded by the NUIM Centre for Teaching and Learning to Alistair Fraser and Shelagh Waddington in Geography and Aidan Mooney and Susan Bergin in Computer Science. We’d like to thank Wei Zhang for his help in developing ViPo, Peter Joseph Watson for designing a ViPo Android ‘app’, and all of the GY201 tutors, demonstrators, and students. ViPo will be used again in Alistair’s Global Foodscapes 3rd year class in second semester. If you are a lecturer or teacher and would also like to give it a try, please get in touch.