Week 6 is here!

We’re here at the midway point of the semester – and Sian and I are delighted with all the vibrant, engaged, exciting work that’s being done on this course. Well done to everyone.

You should all have had your mid-point formative lifestream feedback by email last week – if you haven’t received yours, or have any questions, let your tutor know.

This is the week to begin work on your micro-ethnography. You should now have decided what to focus on – if you are still in any doubt, please email your tutor to discuss. You can continue to use the Holyrood Park Hub discussion board space, Twitter, and your blogs to discuss your plans and emerging issues with each other.

Remember as you proceed that this is a small and low-stakes project – it needs to appear in your lifestream, but it is primarily intended as an opportunity to be creative and to understand in practice some of what’s discussed in this block’s readings. It’s also a way for you to provoke more fantastic conversation amongst the group, so do feel free to be experimental and questioning in your process and presentation. Not that we need to say that to this group!

Have a great week, everyone.

onward to week 5 and block 2

The work on the visual artefacts has been genuinely impressive, and I think it’d be good to extend our commenting period on those for a few days, as we enter week 5 and the second block of study.

This is where we begin to investigate the notion of ‘online community’, and virtual ethnography as a research method. The end-point of this block will be your own piece of ethnographic micro-research to be posted up by week 7, but as a first step we will spend this week discussing ideas for communities that you’d like to look at, and sharing thoughts on media you might use for presenting your ethnography, while also doing the readings.

Discussion will take place in the EDC forum on the Holyrood Park Hub. You’ll find the discussion forum topic here. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up to the group first before trying to post. This is a public forum so let’s see how it goes – if we feel we need a more private space for this, Jen and I can set one up. No doubt ideas will migrate from the discussion forum to blogs and to Twitter anyway.

After this week, you’ll be working largely alone in conducting and presenting your ethnography, though in week 7 we should have some good exchanges going on around the ethnographic representations as they start appearing. This seemed to work really well for the visual artefacts.

One other thing – Jen and I will be giving some feedback on the lifestreams by email sometime this week, so you’ll each be hearing from us with some thoughts on how this is going in terms of the final assessment. Please drop us a line if you’ve any concerns.

Block 1 has seen some really great work – thanks for all the time and creative energies you’ve given to this – it all bodes very well for the ethnographies!

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!

Chat transcripts

Here’s the one for group 1 – this one’s topped and tailed with all-group chat as we didn’t manage to ‘break out’ into a separate space. Thanks again everyone!

Group 1 transcript

And here’s Group 2’s transcript – including a rather intriguing ‘dueling cave paintings’ challenge… Group 2 transcript

Thursday chat cancelled

The daytime slot isn’t proving too popular, so we thought we’d just cancel the thursday morning chat and stick to the one this evening.

It’s going to be a big group, so we’ll split into at least two. If you can log in just before 8, Jen or I will invite you into whole group chat briefly before splitting up.

Look forward to seeing you later.

If some of your comments aren’t appearing in your lifestream…

I’ve noticed a couple of people (or maybe I’ve seen the same thing twice!) saying that their comments on other blog posts on this site aren’t appearing in their lifestream. There are two possibilities here that I can think of:

1. it can take a while for content to filter into the lifestream – sometimes several hours, depending on when content is refreshed in the lifestream itself. So check back in a while – it may be that you’ll see your comments then.

2. if you are not logged in when you post your comment, the comment won’t appear in your lifestream. If you go to make a comment and you’re asked to type your name, URL etc, then the system is not recognising that you’re logged in already:

not logged in

If your name appears and you don’t have to enter any other information (just your comment), then you’re logged in and your comment should appear in your lifestream:

logged in

If you’re not logged in, the easiest way to get that way is to visit your blog dashboard – http://edc.education.ed.ac.uk/wp-admin – and then return to the page you were trying to comment on.

Comment and let us know if neither of these would seem to apply and you’re still having the issue.

Week 3….

It’s been another great week on twitter and in the blogs, but now we move on beyond the film festival to week 3, and a shift in focus from popular cyberculture to one aspect its emergence in education – engagement with the multimodal, with the visual and new associated literacies. The readings for the next couple of weeks will explore some of these themes as the course in general takes a ‘visual turn’. We’ll be looking at the theory and at the same time everyone will have a chance to represent their own ideas visually, through construction of the visual artefact for the end of next week.

Discussion this week is going to be via Skype text chat – most people have signed up to a time now – could the few who haven’t try to do this sometime today or tomorrow by commenting on the week 3 page? If you can manage Thursday that would be ideal to keep Noreen company! We’ll split the Wednesday into two groups though, so don’t worry if that’s the only day you can do. At present it’s looking like this:

Wednesday 6th 8pm:

Thursday 7th 10am:

Remember to make Jen and I contacts first if you haven’t already – sianbayne1 and jross28. I suggest we focus on the core readings for these chat sessions.

Please continue to tweet course-related material to #ededc, this is becoming a really useful stream of course conversation. And remember you can access all the blog postings here – the blogs are looking really terrific.

Tuesday night’s chat

Here’s tonight’s transcript. Thanks everyone!

Week 2 – welcome

Week 1 was fast paced and fun – congratulations to everyone who’s been able to get their heads round the various course environments! Your blogs and lifestreams are looking great, the film festival twittorials have been energetic and insightful (to say nothing of the synchtube screenings!), and a culture of commenting and discussion is starting to emerge very strongly.  For those who are still getting started with the course – don’t worry! there’s lots going on, but lots of help on hand as well. Be sure to contact your tutor if you want to discuss any aspect of the course or your participation.

This week we turn to two more film festival themes. From today til Wednesday we are looking at films and clips on the theme of ‘other worlds’. Join us tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 8pm UK time for a short Synchtube tutorial if you are free – we will watch and discuss World Builder together. From Thursday til Sunday, the theme is ‘being human’.

Along with the film festival, continue with the core and secondary readings for this fortnight.

As for your lifestreams, once you’re confident that your initial feeds (posts, comments and twitter) are working as they should, try adding a new feed or two this week – the second screencast I made last week will give some guidance, and you might also visit the pages of other course participants to get some ideas. Also, a reminder that you need to write a short lifestream summary in your blog each week – see page 10 of the course handbook for all the details.

Have a great week, everyone.

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Another Synchtube gathering

YouTube Preview ImageThis week’s were fun, so we thought we’d schedule another one! Come along if you can.

Date: Tuesday 28 September 2010

Time: 8pm UK time

Venue: http://synchtube.com/r/Fw4K

Duration: half an hour (ish)

Topic of discussion: World Builder

World builder is about 9 mins long, but we could in principle discuss another short film (c 2 mins) too – comment on this post if you have a suggestion. Hope to see you there!