Tweetorial begins!

Today we formally begin some intensive tweeting around the ideas raised in weeks 8 and 9 of the course – our block 3 Tweetorial! There has already been some great discussion in the past couple of days, so we’ll include that too! For now, keep an eye out for questions in the #mscedc twitter stream, and respond with any answers, comments or thoughts.

Your visual artefacts

Thanks everyone for all your hard work on the visual artefacts which we have gathered together here in one place. What we would like you to do now is to comment on the work of other members of the group. In fact there is already some interesting discussion unfolding, which is great. Jeremy and I will spend some time looking at all the work and sharing our own thoughts later in the week. That said, I couldn’t resist the temptation to get a quick snapshot of some of artefacts and there’s fantastic work on display.

If you haven’t already had a chance to share your artefact please try and do so as early as possible this week in order that you can benefit from the comments of other members of the group (which from what I’ve seen so far are really thoughtful and enthusiastic).

Once again, thanks for all your effort on this – we can see that lots of work has going into your artefacts. We hope you found this to be an interesting and enjoyable way of rounding off the Cybercultures block.


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: 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:

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!

New tutorial slots added

Due to popular demand, we’ve added some extra tutorial times for our week 3, 5, and 10 sessions! These are:

WEEK 3: Thursday 2nd February: 10am

WEEK 5: Wednesday 15th Feb: 10am

WEEK 10: Wednesday 22nd March: 10am

Each session will be limited to 8, so do please head over to the EDC Moodle page to choose your preferred option. Remember that you only have to attend one tutorial session in each of designated weeks. If you haven’t already, do send us a link to your Google plus page so we can add you to the Hangout!

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