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on word count: assignment information

Friday, December 4th, 2009

Some of you have been asking about word counts for the final assignment. Just to clarify for everyone – the word count you should be working towards is (roughly) 2000. How you are structuring and presenting your assignment will affect how you interpret and run with this, and that is fine, but do bear this target in mind.

Let your tutor know if you have questions about this.

invitation to share your assessment and feedback stories

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Hi all – you’ll probably have seen this through other avenues by now, but just in case: all participants on the MSc in E-learning programme are invited to contribute to a reseach project about student writing and innovative feedback and assessment ( Tell us about your assessment and feedback experiences (current or past; positive, negative or overall) on the programme! You can also comment on other stories already in the wiki (many thanks to those who have already contributed).

You can post anonymously or under your own name at . Check your email for information about posting anonymously, or visit the discussion board at , or you can email me ( for more info. Thanks!

guidance for visual artefact task – week 4

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Some of you have been asking about the visual artefact task for next week, and so here is some guidance to help you:

How big/long/much should it be?
This is a low stakes activity in terms of assessment – while it should appear in your lifestream, there are no marks for this, just peer feedback and interesting discussion. So, no hard limit to the size or scope, but try to keep it manageable so that you continue to have time to read, update your lifestream and summaries, and engage with other people’s artefacts.

Can there be text, or just images?
You can include text (or audio), but the main focus of the work should be visual. That could include a still image/images, digital art, or video.

There are some suggestions and more guidance at , and in the course guide on page 21/22.

Good luck and have fun! Email your tutor if you want to discuss more, or post a comment below.

Welcome to ‘E-learning and digital cultures’

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Welcome to all University of Edinburgh MSc in E-learning students who are studying this course over semester 1. This fragment of the web is where much of the activity for our work over the coming weeks will be located – link from here to our discussion board, your blog, your lifestream and the course content. And please remember that all of this – apart from the discussion board and the copyright protected readings – is public and open to the web!

The course looks at online learning within the context of the emergence of a specifically digital culture, drawing on theory from media studies, cultural studies and the study of cyberculture, as well as the educational research influenced by these areas of thought. We consider the possiblity of cyborg pedagogy, twitter a film festival on the theme of cyberculture, conduct micro-virtual ethnographies and explore the visual representation of academic discourse, all in the interests of a deeper understanding of how internet cultures and learning cultures are intersecting and changing each other.

The course starts on Tuesday 22 September 2009, and runs for 12 weeks.

Your tutors are Sian Bayne and Jen Ross. You know how to contact us – but also watch this space here for course announcements and other things you should know about. Best of luck with your studies this semester!