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!
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!
We’re swiftly approaching the end of week 1, and it has been fantastic to see so much activity in your blogs, on Twitter (#mscedc), and in our first Togethertube tutorial on Tuesday.
Here are a few important points to remember as we wrap up the first week:
- It is important to add a few notes to the individual lifestream items going into your blog. This shows that you’re reflecting on *why* the content is relevant to your thinking. Don’t just add a clip from Terminator 2, add a sentence or two explaining how it relates to your thinking about cybercultures in education.
- Your end of week lifestream summary should reflect on the specific content of your lifestream, rather than being a general reflection on your participation in the course. Tell us about the individual items you’ve added – tweets, videos, images etc. – and how they come together to represent your week’s activity.
- Commenting on each other’s blogs is a really important part of your participation, and gives you the chance to reflect more substantively on course themes (than, say, Twitter), and feeding this into your own lifestream (just make sure to set up an IFTTT applet for that)
- You can also blog, it is not all just about tweets or You Tube videos!
- Think of your lifestream as a canvas for your activity on the web, rather than simply a list of links. In other words, try to make sure that images, videos, or tweets are embedded into your lifestream entries. We want to see as much as we can within your WordPress blog. Any questions about IFTTT, let us know, or ask on Twitter!
Have a great weekend!
As part of our block 1 film festival, we’re hosting the first Togethertube tutorial at 8pm UK time.
Join our private film room here: EDC17
Remember to sign up for a Togethertube account before hand – this will allow you to choose your own username.
Memory 2.0 – 11 mins
Address is approximate – 3 mins
Tears in rain (from Bladerunner) – 4 mins
Harder Better Faster (from Interstella 5555) – 1.03 mins
Hackers Trailer – 2.45 mins
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.
The course starts on January 16th 2017, but take a look before then at the ‘Before semester starts‘ page to see what you need to do to get set up (in particular, setting up Twitter, G+, Togethertube, and your lifestream-blog). Please also get the dates for the real-time tutorials into your diary.
You will receive an email with detail of how to log in to your blog space for this course – please let your tutor know if you don’t have it by 10th January.
Our hashtag is #mscedc so please get tweeting any time in the run up to next semester – looking forward to seeing you online!