Week 11

Hi everyone! Hope week 11 is going well and that you are enjoying what is perhaps a quieter time of reflection. It has been an intense semester in EDC!

Firstly, remember that this two week period (weeks 11 and 12) is intended to give you time to round up your blog and to plan your final assignment. Do keep your lifestream going in the meantime, and remember to do your final lifestream summary before submission on Sunday the 9th of April.

James and I have already had productive exchanges and meetings with many of you about your final assignments, so do please get in touch for some one-to-one feedback on your ideas. Following James’s tweet yesterday we’re planning a post about the final assignment for Tuesday (4th) next week, so if you have any burning questions let us know!

In the meantime, do remember to read through the assessment information here, paying particular attention to the assessment criteria.

All the best for now!

Jeremy and James

Welcome to Week 9 (part 1)!

Hi everyone, and welcome to week 9! This is a brief post from me to introduce the week, but also to promise a video, which will appear on Wednesday afternoon if all goes to plan.

Firstly, it has been fantastic to see everyone posting their algorithmic play: Google search, Amazon recommendations, Goodreads,  Advertising and search, and YouTube, to name a few! Fascinating to see the ways we are ‘reverse engineering’ these hidden technologies!

While much of our algorithmic play has looked at the web in general, this week we focus our attention on specific educational uses of algorithms, and the merging field of ‘learning analytics’ seems to be where this is happening most prominently. We have a video lecture and a journal article as this week’s core readings, but do also explore other resources for learning analytics.

Our activity this week is a ‘tweetorial‘, which will take place on Thursday and Friday: some intensive tweeting about learning analytics and algorithms! Keep an eye on the week 9 page for the questions, which James and I will also tweet.

Have a great week, more from me on Wednesday!

Welcome to EDC!

image by TheMuuj: https://flic.kr/p/4qqi7k

And we’re off! Welcome to Education and Digital Cultures 2017, the course site is now open. We hope the pre-course reading has been useful, and that you’re up and running with your blog and lifestream.

Use the menu at the top of the site to navigate the course sections and materials, and the menu on the right of the site to view recent posts and comments, as well as link to everyone’s blog. Start with Block 1: Cyberculture, get familiar with the readings, and ease yourself into the course with our film festival. On Tuesday (at 8pm) we’ll hold our first Togethertube tutorial, where we can watch and discuss the films as a group. Creative interpretations welcome!

On Monday you’ll hear from your tutor, with some more details about your blog. Until then, keep customising (note that there should be some other WordPress themes now available), as well as adding lifestream feeds for the resources you’re exploring on the web.