Social media platforms, including Twitter and YouTube, played a key role in the latest Scripps Visiting Artist event featuring acclaimed singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten on Friday, Feb. 19.
The School of Media Arts & Studies used a Twitter hashtag, #askoumdia, and live streamed the event through YouTube to engage audience members while Van Etten shared her experience in the music industry.
“Given the way our society works today, it’s a lot easier for students to sit in the audience and be a little bit more passive and ask their questions,” Kyle Snyder, a lecturer in the School of Media Arts & Studies said.
A Twitterfall projected on a screen behind Van Etten allowed audience members to view questions submitted using the #askoumdia hashtag in real time.
“I thought it was cool to see what other students were asking,” Megan Geldien, a junior studying early childhood education said. “It was some of the same things I was wondering during the talk.”
Snyder’s Live & Remote Music Recording class was assigned to operate much of the event technology. Audience microphones, microphones used by Van Etten and the event moderator, live stream video, tweets and Facebook messages were all managed by students.
“For my students, I hope that they take away the seemingly endless challenges of running a live event,” Snyder said. “Even though this isn’t the largest event in the world, when running an hour and a half live stream there are thousands of things that can go wrong right up until curtain.”
To view the archived version of the live streamed event, click here.
To view questions tweeted during the talk, search hashtag “#askoumdia” on Twitter.
Original article by Maygan Beeler
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