Welcome to week 3!

Thanks everyone for your work in the lifestream blog and your participation in the film festival – we hope you have found these approaches interesting and enjoyable during this early part of the course. In this final week of the Cyberculture block we want to spend more time exploring some of the ideas from the readings, within your blogs and also when we get together for our Google Hangouts (more information below).

You’ll have noticed that compared to other parts of the Digital Education programme, there are considerably fewer required readings in this course. Instead what we try and do is identify a small number of important pieces so that you can really try to get to grips with the ideas being put across. Hopefully by now you will have had a chance to do all the reading for this first block so that we can enjoy some really interesting and thoughtful conversation this week.

The first way we will do this in our Google hangouts this week. You only need to attend one of the three sessions that will be taking place. If you haven’t already signed up for a session please try and do so (details here: https://www.moodle.is.ed.ac.uk/mod/choice/view.php?id=38354) as soon as soon you so that we have an idea of how busy each session will be. In order to participate you need to set up a google account and send your details to Jeremy, so that you can be invited to the hangout. Details of timings and how to sign up for a session can be found here:http://edc17.education.ed.ac.uk/blog/2017/01/23/new-tutorial-slots-added/

Your engagement with the course readings can also contribute really positively to your lifestream blog and we’re already seeing examples of this happening. What we would encourage you to start doing is to be thinking about your lifestream content in relation to ideas in the readings and this block of the course more generally. For instance, if you include a link to an article about educational technology, try to think about the content in relation to ideas the article by Bayne (2014), and add some comments to the post as it appears in your blog. Similarly, if you include a cyborg image or video, think about comments that you can add which will critically connect the image with Miller’s (2011) work around the body and technology.

In the coming weeks we are going to take a more conversational approach within your blogs. We have offered a fair amount of guidance on how the lifestream and weekly summaries should work therefore we’re now going to switch our attention to discussing some of the different ideas in your blog. There will be more conventional feedback at the mid-point of the course.

Something new we would like to introduce this week – and this is in response to some of the content emerging in your lifestream blogs and also from suggestions for the film festival – is to introduce music to the course. If you are so inclined, why not think about whether particular songs can evoke or help us to explore some of the critical ideas we are exploring in this part of the course? In the same way that we explored ideas around cyberculture through film clips, can we try and achieve the same through music? If this is something that interests you, why not add songs to your lifestream (for instance through Spotify or YouTube) accompanied of course by a little metadata explaining its significance. Depending on how this works, at the end of the week we will pull your suggestions into a single playlist – a collaborative musical artefact in response to critical work around cyberculture!