“Come to the edge, he said. They said: We are afraid. Come to the edge, he said. They came. He pushed them and they flew.”
– Guillaume Apollinaire
The original student response to our announcement that we would be streaming their oral defenses live through the internet was shock and panic. Simply put, no students wanted this event captured or shared. Four days into seven, the mood has completely changed. Grandparents, friends, cousins and strangers are watching, and commenting. Students have been asking how they can capture the footage for use on everything from FaceBook to college and job applications. I am receiving multiple calls everyday; family members preparing to see their son, brother, and/or friend shine (and they always end up watching more then one!). I feel strongly that the audience is part of the reason why so many of these oral presentations are so well rehearsed, and so well delivered.
See KaKui’s great work from today here.