week 1 done quiltA quick note on the lifestream-blogs as we come towards the end of our first week. I’ve been really enjoying going over them this week, and it’s great to see that they are pretty much all set up and pulling in interesting feeds.

Some general guidance on the building of the lifestreams that comes to mind:

  1. it’d be good to pull in a range of feeds, so if yours is primarily drawing in tweets, for example, you may want to look at how you can diversify it a bit
  2. it’s also great where people are making substantive blog postings on the course content too – a good strategy at this point is to plan to blog a couple of times a week (even if briefly) and then tweet the link to #mscedc so that others can see your post and comment on it
  3. related to that – if you could take a bit of time during the week to look at other people’s posts and make the odd comment, that would really help build the course community – this can be more of a challenge in a discussion board-free course like this, but when it works, it works really well!

Finally, please remember that part of the assessment requirement for this course is to write an end of week lifestream ‘reflection’ post – quoting from the course guide (page 10):

In addition, we ask you to make a blog posting at the end of every week which makes a statement about the lifestream-blog content for that week. This does not have to be long, and shouldn’t be more than 250 words, but it should itself form part of your WordPress lifestream-blog. Rather than reflecting directly on the course content (as you did in IDEL, for example), the purpose of these weekly postings is to synthesise and review the content of your lifestream. It is expected that each summary post will contain references to the content from that week.

So please make some time to do this before the end of Sunday, and have a great weekend.

Welcome to the first Togethertube tutorial


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:

Remember to sign up for a Togethertube account before hand – this will allow you to choose your own username.

Now showing:
Memory 2.0 – 11 mins
Address is approximate
– 3 mins
Tears in rain (from Bladerunner)
 – 4 mins

Education and digital cultures starts today!

Owl from Blade Runner
Welcome all to EDC. It’s great to see all the twitter activity kicking off already, and to see so many of the lifestream blogs already set up and starting to come to life.

Our hope is that by the end of this course you will have gained an understanding of some of the key aspects of the study of digital culture – its interpretation within popular culture, its re-imagining of community, the rise of algorithmic culture – and to see the links between these and your work in digital education.

We also hope that the course will be fun to study : ) It’s deliberately innovative in its form – being entirely open, and with an emphasis on digital methods of presenting your work. The lifestream-blog, itself a kind of algorithmic mash-up, is intended to represent some of our core themes in its form, as well as operate as a usefully-flexible way of thinking about assessment. In a sense, the course gives you free reign and a wide palette to try stuff out, to play, think and get feedback from tutors and each other on your work.

Start this week with the overview of block 1: Cyberculture: we will be easing into the course via our film festival which gives us a chance to talk about cyberculture and popular culture in our Togethertube tutorials. The first of these is tomorrow (Tuesday 13th Jan) at 8pm.

You should also do the readings and start building content in your lifestream-blog – tweeting, blogging and generally collating thoughts and resources linking to the work you are doing this week. If anything isn’t clear, please contact your course tutor – either Sian or Jeremy – and we’ll help.

We hope you enjoy the course!

Digital Education and Digital Cultures – coming soon!

Start where you are imageThe course starts on January 12th, 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 6th January.

Our hashtag is #mscedc so please get tweeting any time in the run up to next semester – looking forward to seeing you online!