Week 4!

Welcome to week 4! 

(inspired by Martin…)

This week the main activity will be creating and discussing visual artefacts which help draw out themes, issues or ideas from across Block 1 of the course.

Remember that you want your artefact to appear in your lifestream, and for us to have somewhere to discuss it, so if you aren’t using a web-based tool with an RSS feed, you’ll probably want to put your artefact in a post in your blog. That has the advantage of having an inbuilt place for comments as well.

Try to leave yourself time to engage in discussion about your own and other people’s artefacts. In addition to the core readings, some of the secondary readings for weeks 3 and 4 may be helpful as you come to discuss the artefacts – especially Rose and Spalter & van Dam.

Once you’ve posted your artefact, please post a comment here to give us a link to it, and tell us (if it isn’t obvious) where you want comments.

Finally, just a heads up that next week (Week 5), Sian or I will be emailing everyone individually with some mid-point formative feedback on your lifestream. The purpose of this is to let you know how we think your lifestream is so far meeting the assessment criteria for the assignment (which are described in detail in your handbook).

That’s all for now – have a great week, everyone!

8 Responses to “Week 4!”


    thanks for the cartoon – made me smile. Where is the site to make these?


    Hi Sue

    I use http://www.pixton.com – loads of ‘cool’ things to do on it, there are others like comic life (http://plasq.com/products/comiclife/mac) which I know Dennis uses with his students – have fun :)


    Thanks Martin! I’ve been enjoying your cartoons too although the first two that you posted were overlooked as I thought it was a copy of a cartoon – then I looked and realised…brilliant. I can imagine students love them too.


    Like Sue, I thought at first they were from cartoons but I soon realised we have a whiz among us. I’m going to try my hand at this. I had been asking whether there was anything a non-artist like me might use – thus may be it.


    Loving the cartoons, and as an English teacher I welcome the growth of graphic novels – I finished Kick Ass in one sitting (well, lying in the bath – something you CAN’T do with PDFs!!) and really enjoyed the narrative and illustrations…


  6. Linda Matthews Says:


    Thanks Martin, I hope to be able to creat my own cartoons by the end of the course, a great learning tool and fun.



    funnily enough, I put one of the English teachers I work with onto Pixton – in truth any exposure to different forms of literacy is worthwhile. If graphic novels draw students in, great (I certainly enjoying making them – a fab time waster!)




    I interviewed a final year school student last week who contributes graphic stories to Mark ‘Kick Ass’ Millar’s website. Talk about digital natives?!