CAMELOT uses machinima to create cinematic productions. This technology produces 3D computer graphics in real-time, and is already used in video games and virtual worlds. In these digital environments, avatars (or digital characters) take the role of actors and the stage is provided by computer generated imagery. The camera used to record the interaction of the characters is screen recording software,making these productions highly cost-effective. The finished videos, which are often highly sophisticated narratives based on intricate task planning by the learners, can be disseminated to learners and teachers as video-podcasts (or vodcasts), a more appealing genre than audio-only resources.
The aim of the CAMELOT project is not simply to provide visually appealing, authentic conversations in the target language that teachers can readily use, but to provide the know-how, both technological and pedagogical, for teachers to create and adapt their own machinima to their own particular teaching environment. By providing example materials as indicators of the potential for language learning and training guidelines, both concerning the technical practicalities necessary to create machinima and how to use them, CAMELOT will provide a range of educational benefits:
• Fit for purpose education– teachers can create learning environments for their students
• Learner autonomy – students learn and practice at their own pace
• Learner empowerment – learners can try a new language without feeling self-conscious
• Collaborative learning – teachers and students can jointly create environments
• Low cost and yet high quality video productions
By addressing these five areas CAMELOT combines cutting edge technology with an innovative pedagogy.
Dr Michael Thomas
Collaborators and Partners
University of Central Lancashire (UK - coordinator)
University of Istanbul (Turkey)
University of West Bohemia (Czech Republic)
National Defence University (Poland)
Let’s Talk Online (Belgium)
European Commission KA2 ICT Lifelong Learning Programme. Project number: 543481-LLP-1-2013-1-UK-KA3-KA3MP /CAMELOT