"This winter I am teaching Sheridan’s first formal transmedia course. It is a modest beginning with 12 students from the post-grad ATVF program attending. Jean Desormeaux, the ATVF program co-ordinator, has also been sitting in. I’m enjoying the small class size – it gives us a chance to have discussions in class and to do some interesting group work. And I think it is a good place to start from as we look to expand our transmedia teaching and to integrate transmedia into course work that our media students are already engaged in.
Since it is the first time this class has been offered, and my first time teaching it, I’ve taken advantage of the opportunity to attempt some different approaches. Some of these have been total failures (the class blog never caught on) . Others have provided interesting learning opportunities – sometimes providing as much learning for me as for the students. And sometimes these experiments have resulted in unexpectedly humorous situations too. And this leads me to the story of how I attempted to create a transmedia story experience for my students usingConducttr. If you are not familiar with Conducttr, it is described as a ‘pervasive entertainment platform’. The goal of Conducttr is to provide a system that allows you to design and deliver a story experience across many platforms including SMS, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and many more. (If you are interested in more information on how Conducttr works, check out the video below.)..."