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assignment discussion office hours

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

If you’d like to chat with your tutor about your final assignment topic or format, Siân and Jen will be available for Skype text chats at the following (UK time zone) times next week:

Siân (sianbayne1)

Monday 30 November, 3-4pm

Friday 4 December, 9-10am

Jen (jross28)

Tuesday 1 December – 2-3pm

Thursday 3 December – 10-11am

Two ideas for weeks 8 & 9

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

We have two possibly wild ideas for weeks 8 & 9 to run past you for your views.

1. What about using our blogs rather than the discussion board during these weeks? The blogs have worked so well through the semester, and our culture of commenting is so vibrant, that we wondered if it would be possible to use the blogs as a way of reflecting on and discussing the readings together. We could all use Twitter to post up links to entries we’d like to share with each other, and Sian and I could post a ‘blog highlights’ post every few days through the fortnight to help draw things together.

2. Bring a friend/colleague to class? If you know someone who would find the topics for weeks 8 & 9 relevant or intriguing, would it be interesting to invite them to do the readings, participate in the wallwisher posthuman task, and comment on the blogs and in Twitter with us? I don’t think we would want to create new blogs for them on the EDC site, but they could blog in their own blog spaces and tweet the links for us, or they could send you their thoughts and you could blog on their behalf!

Could you comment below (or email us directly) with your thoughts about these ideas?

Guidelines for choosing a community to study

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

There’s been quite a lot of discussion on the discussion board about what type of community or field site it is appropriate or feasible to look at in the amount of time we have. Sian has made a posting about ethics which is reproduced in the post below. In addition to considering this, we would like you to follow these guidelines for choosing your community:

1. If you are part of a community that you really want to study and you feel that you can ask for and receive permission in a timely manner, then you can go ahead and seek this. In this case we recommend that you seek permission to look at archived (not ongoing) discussion/communication.

2. Otherwise we want you to choose a community which:
- is public and open to the whole internet (not password protected or members only) – ie: Flickr, Youtube or similar
- has a culture of using usernames/handles/pseudonyms rather than real names

This ensures that there is a low expectation of privacy and a low level of concern about anonymity which you need to contend with.

3. If you are still concerned about the material you are working with or creating, you can choose to post your snapshot up privately for just the course participants to see and comment on. If you don’t have somewhere private yourself to put things, you could email us your files and we could put them up in an EASE protected space.

Skype tutorial times for week 10

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

This is just to draw your attention to the Skype tutorial times for week 10 -  at

As per last time, could you let us know in the comments on that page if you’re able to join in, and if so, for which session?


Lifestream feedback coming by email this week

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Hi everyone! We’re now about halfway through the semester, and the lifestream creation which will account for half of your final mark for the course. So, your tutor will email each of you individually this week to give you some formative feedback on your lifestream. We know that many of you have not yet ‘filtered’ your lifestream, and that is fine – this is just meant as a general indication of how your lifestream is looking in relation to the assessment criteria (which you can find in the course handbook). It is also an opportunity for you to let us know of any issues, ideas or questions you have about the course in general and the assessment in particular.

I think we have everyone’s up-to-date email address, but if you haven’t heard from your tutor by Friday, let us know.

Course site temporarily unavailable, 21 September 5-6pm

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Apologies for the short notice, but we need to perform an upgrade on the course site this evening (Monday 21 September) at 5:30pm. The site shouldn’t be down for long (approx 45 mins), and we’ll let you know ASAP once it’s back up again.

general course hashtag for Twitter

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

hi all – Sian and I thought it might be useful to have a general course hashtag for e-learning and digital cultures – so we’re using #ededc .

We’ll still use #mscdystopia , #mscworlds and #mschuman for the three clusters in our film festival twittorials over the next few weeks. #ededc would just be something you could use if you happened to be tweeting about the course in general.