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Learner-generated content as a pedagogical change agent

Vickel Narayan

Academic Advisor (eLearning and Learning Technologies)
Unitec Institute of Technology, New Zealand

Twitter: vnarayan


A revolution – Pop culture and teaching

Not only is social life identical with communication, but all communication (and hence all genuine social life) is educative. To be a receipt of a communication is to have an enlarged and changed experience. One shares in what another has thought and felt and in so far, meagerly or amply, has his own attitude modified (Dewey, 1916, p. 112).

Web 2.0 and Technology (Netbooks and Mobile technologies)

A look at the Learner

A look at Learning and Teaching

The Projects

Certificate in Autotronics (Level 4)












Video – Students taking control of the Learning Space

Example of Student-generated content
Student Portfolio

Certificate in Boat Building (Level 3-4)

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Student-generated content

Student created videos – Playlist

Pictures: Two projects in as many semester.

Semester One – Pictures
Semester Two – Pictures

Student Blogs (Portfolios)

Chris Owens
Yong Tae

Student in different context

Lecturer Feedback

Certificate in Marine Technology (Level 4)

Student Feedback


I’ve just started the 2011 semester 1 studies and something very diferrent is changing the ”old fashion way” of teaching students at Unitec, I am saying that because I already been at Unitec on semester 2 2010, and we were tired of listening to our tutor talking for two hours every day doing the theory side, seeing my colleagues falling asleep, anyway to my and the others surprise Unitec had implemented a new tool called “ILearning” I have to admit I was a bit worried how would it end up, but now I really like the idea and I need to say since wed 16/03 when we had our first day of “ILearning” I am really impressed how the theory side became much more interesting, and we(students) are more involved as a team, I hope my classmates are enjoying as much as I am and together we will learn how to build our blogs. (Marine Technology Student, 2011)

Student-created video

Observed themes

Student content (Portfolios)


Certificate in Automechanical Engineering (CAME) (Level 2-3)











Certificate in Civil Engineering (Level 4)













Graduate Diploma in Higher Education (GDHE): Social Learning Technologies (SLT)

Staff capability development course on eLearning

Experiential Learning – Student-generated content as an output – ALTC 2011 Paper
“DeFrosting Professional Development: Reconceptualising Teaching using Social Learning Technologies”
















Student blog roll

Epistemology to Ontology


The impact of making learner-generated content a course outcome.


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