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EDC tutorials – sign up in Moodle!

We’ve now re-worked the Google Hangout tutorial sign-ups in Moodle, so please go ahead and choose which times would suit you best. You need to attend three tutorials in total, one in each of the following weeks:

week 3
week 5
week 10

We are offering morning and evening sessions in each week to try to fit as many timezones as possible, so hopefully you can find a time that suits.

If you haven’t already done so, please make sure you email Jeremy and Sian a link to your G+ profile page, so that we can get you linked into the hangout session that you’ve chosen (sian.bayne@ed.ac.uk; jeremy.knox@ed.ac.uk).

Week 3 dawns: our last of block 1

Week 3 in sugarWe’re coming towards the end of our first block of study now, before we move onto the MOOC ethnography work next week. A few things to take note of at this point:

Hangout signups Please sign up for a tutorial hangout in each of weeks 3, 5 and 10 using the Moodle polls here:

week 3
week 5
week 10

Just to make it clear: you need to sign up for 3 tutorials in total – one for each block of study. We are offering morning and evening ones in each week to try to fit as many timezones as possible.

Digital artefact At the end of this week (by Sunday) you should have created an online representation of one or more of the themes covered during this block,  using visual methods only. This might be in the form of a composite image, a YouTube video, a Flickr photostream or some other medium of your own invention. This artefact should be reviewable by peers and must feed into your lifestream-blog. Take a look at the information here to get a sense of what needs to be done, and to link to some previous examples.

This week’s tutorial In the hangout tutorials this week we’ll discuss the ideas we’ve been working with in the film festival, and focus on applying them specifically to our field of digital education. Please make sure you email Jeremy and Sian a link to your G+ profile page, so that we can get you linked into the hangout session that you’ve chosen (sian.bayne@ed.ac.uk; jeremy.knox@ed.ac.uk). Hangouts this week are offered at either Thursday 29th January: 8pm or Friday 30 Jan: 10am – sign up using the Moodle poll above.

Week 2 is swiftly drawing to a close…

hangover

…but there is still plenty of time to continue with the film festival, and suggest further clips through your blog or on Twitter (#mscedc). Thanks to everyone who came along to our Togethertube synchronous sessions, and contributed such fantastic readings of our selected scenes.

As we transition into week 3, it will be a good idea to try and gather your thoughts and interpretations from the films, and start to build further feeds and blog posts around these topics. How might the three themes ‘memory’, ‘machine sentience’ and ‘almost human’ relate to cyberculture more generally, as discussed in the Miller (2011) chapter, and crucially digital education itself, as discussed in Bayne (2014)?

In week 3 we will host our first Google Hangout, where we can get together and discuss the block 1 themes. Please go to the Moodle poll and choose which hangouts you would prefer to attend. There are two options in each of the hangout weeks (3, 5 and 10), so you only need to choose one for each of those weeks. Link to the poll here.

The lifestreams are looking great, keep it up! Your feeds should serve as a record of your activity across multiple social media spaces, so don’t just rely on the Twitter feed. Use IFTTT to set up multiple feeds from the different spaces you visit; for example YouTube, Flickr, Vimeo, Delicious bookmarking. There is a lot you can do with IFTTT – get in touch with Jeremy if you need a few pointers or help with feeds.

Remember to round up week 2 with a lifestream summary blog post. This should be a summary of your lifestream content, rather than a general summary of the week. We’re looking for reflections on the specific feed items you have added, what motivated you to add them, why they might be relevant to the course themes, and how they have contributed to your understanding of cybercultures and digital education.

Have a great weekend!