Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Group 3: Video Project on Digital Access


By Mayumi, Sammy, Joe, Pati, Zach, and Igor


  1. I participated in the making of this video by doing the filming, contributing to what was said, and editing the video. It was interesting to talk to people about their access and how it compares to their hometowns, but for the most part, I gathered that the majority of people on the UW campus feel that they have adequate access to computers. This doesn't surprise me because all of the people we interviewed were on a college campus and our readings and lectures have shown that education has an impact on digital access and having the right mentality to use that access in a beneficial way. This project also allowed me to see my own barriers to usage access in making the video with Sammy. We definitely encountered a few moments when it would have been nice to have an expert tell us how to use the iMovie program and it made me realize how frustrating it must be for people who have limited exposure or experience with computers to use them for the first time.

  2. I contributed to the project by coming up with the script questions, asking people to partake in the video, and participating in group discussions. I actually thought this project was kinda fun. We got to interview some interesting people, and although most had sufficient access and skills, I would have thought that people would be more technologically-inclined at the university. People who take classes here are sometimes required to use some very complicated programs, and I can imagine that it would be very difficult without the proper skills. Lastly, the project took the issue of the digital divide and presented it a way we haven't seen before, through the real-world setting, outside of just the library.

  3. I participated in the video by writing an indroduction which kind of summed up what the video would try to explore and the types of access. I also helped with group decisions and the chosing of people to interview. Overall, it was a good experience to see what kinds of access people have here on campus, and what they are used to in their hometown. It seemed like everyone we interviewed had at least some knowledge of computers which is a sign that the digital divide is becoming smaller, but it is important to keep working to provide access to everyone, not just those on a college campus.

  4. I don't think I really contributed anything tangibly to this process. Everyone was pretty good about jumping in and getting in on the process and eliminating things that needed to be done. I contributed some ideas in terms of where the focus went but even there I think others probably contributed more in terms of ideas. I guess I'm used to working in groups where no one has a clue what they are doing so it is pretty easy for me to step up and take charge. Here at UW-Madison everyone has a pretty good idea of what they are doing otherwise they would not be here. Too many cooks in the kitchen. I know it is a poor excuse but I don't like to interfere in a project if other people already look like they have a good thing going. I'm not saying that I didn't do anything, but beyond throwing my two cents into the mix when we were coming up with ideas for the focus of our video, I don't think I did much. Meh.

    I thought the project was pretty fun, especially since it was a nice day on the day we were given license to roam. I think that overall our presentation was nice but it was impossible to be accurate on the aspects of the digital divide. Everyone we interviewed was on campus and would be more likely to be able to use technology as a college campus is usually at the forefront of technology. Exploring the city of Madison was probably beyond the scope of this project but would probably have given us a more accurate picture of the problems still faced, especially by the lower-income class. Getting out of the city was definitely beyond the scope of the project but interviewing a farmer out on his land would have been an interesting experience. It will be interesting to see what other groups came up with.

  5. While brainstorming about what aspect of LIS 202 to focus our video project on, I came up with the idea of seeing what levels of access students at UW Madison grew up with, and how being on a college campus has changed that. As a group, we went around and interviewed various UW students (and one random, elderly man). It was really interesting to hear about how everyone's experiences differed in terms of access in their home towns, and what sorts of barriers they faced. I was surprised to hear that most of the students we interviewed have adequate access at home - yet do not feel they know that much about computers and using the internet. After taping, Mayumi and I spent a long time working on iMovie to edit the video. It was difficult to decide which parts of each interview to keep, and which to cut because most of what the people we interviewed had to say was relevant to the discussion of digital access. Because we were able to capture such great footage, yet we still had to stay under 5 minutes, we had to cut out the original introduction which gave a more clear explanation of what our project sought to do.

    Overall, I really enjoyed participating in this project. It was great to see topics that we have read about and discussed in section, such as digital access and barriers to that access, come alive through students on this campus.

  6. I contributed to the video by interviewing students and people in campus about their familiarity with computers, connection to internet and general questions about their usage. I helped in coming up with the questions once we decided the topic of digital divide. And I helped in making the conclusion of the video. When making this video, we were concerned about the different kinds of access people usually encounter.
    We were interested in finding out if there were any barriers to any type of access. What we ended up finding is that generally people in campus have a good idea of how to use a computer and have good connection to the internet. We still found, however, variety in terms of access to computers among the people interviewed which shows that even in a university setting, there're still differences. Overall, this was a very fun project because we got an insight of the real-world, outside of what we learn in class and that enhanced our learning on the topic.