Phil and I are thrilled to announce the release of our pilot e-Literate TV episode.
One thing you’ll want to pay attention to is the set of buttons in the upper left-hand corner of the TELLING STORY player:
These buttons correspond to the three modes available to you. From left to right:
- Watch is a lot like a closed captioned YouTube experience. The focus is on the video.
- Discover still puts a lot of emphasis on the video, but it also will selectively show related links and graphics. If any of them catch your fancy, you can click on them to take a deeper dive.
- Explore mode is for when you want the video to be playing in the background but you’re really focusing on the transcript and the supplementary resources (or “transmedia”).
We’re pretty excited about these capabilities and are eager to hear from you about how they work for you and how you might use them. They look beautiful on tablets, too!
In terms of content, we’re only launching one episode for now because we want to flight test the technology before we put out the full series, but we expect to publish the rest in about two weeks.
This one happens to be just Phil and me, but most of these episodes will be conversations with other people. You can get a good sense of what this will feel like from the videos we shot (with our partners IN THE TELLING) at the MOOC Research conference. These will be both released on their own and incorporated into an e-Literate TV series.
For example, here’s Phil’s interview with Dave Cormier about different kinds of MOOCs and their different uses:
Here’s my interview with Simon Buckingham Shum about how analytics can help us learn more about student learning, both in MOOCs and in other types of online learning experiences:
And here’s my interview with Stanford’s Keith Devlin talking about why he is passionate about MOOCs:
Phil and I will have a lot more to say about ETV in the coming days, and we’re very interested in your feedback. For now, since we’re prompting for a specific feedback question at the end of the episode on the ETV site, please give us your comments on it that aren’t related to the prompt question right here. In the coming days, we intend to add richer and broader discussion capabilities directly to the site.