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October 9, 2013 in Uncategorized

To all the students doing the Intro to Digital Environments

Dear All

Hope you’re enjoying the course:-) As you might already know the final IDEL assignment might be submitted in alternative formats, e.g. as a video essay or a hypertext. If you are thinking of designing a multimodal assignment, perhaps you would like to contribute to my dissertation project? My intention is to examine the processes and practices of designing a multimodal assignment (the working title is:  Multimodality – Destruction or Deconstruction of Academic Discourse? Students’ Perspective).

I’m looking for 3 – 5 volunteers who would like to engage with the task on a deeper level by means of reflection on designing process (this means answering a few emails with prompt questions while composing the assignment). At a later stage, after submitting, I will ask you to take me on a virtual tour ’round your assignment space’.

If you’d like to know more about the project (and participate in it), please get in touch. My email address is (some preliminary info can be already found on the project website: – work in progress though).

I look forward to hearing from you :-)


call for EDCMOOC synchronous event support

October 7, 2013 in events

EDCMOOC wall of assignments – image shared by Eleni Zazani.

As you may know, Sian, Jeremy, Hamish, Christine and I run a Massive Open Online Course called “E-learning and Digital Cultures” – more info about it is at and One of the things we are going to do on its second outing (starting 4 November) is hold weekly Google Hangouts-on-Air each Friday – broadcasting a discussion between the five of us, and incorporating comments, questions and feedback from MOOC participants. We held a couple of these during the last MOOC, and they worked extremely well, so we’re implementing them in each of the five weeks.

Each of us will chair one of the weeks. Chairing means keeping the conversation flowing, and bringing in comments and questions from participants. There are at least two, and probably three, locations where participant comments may appear – Twitter, the MOOC’s Google+ page, and the youtube page where the hangout is streamed.

We are seeking volunteers from the programme who would be willing to spend the period of one or more of the hangouts keeping tabs on what is going on with the participant discussion, and feeding key points and questions to the Chair. Those who did this last time found it interesting and rather exhilarating, and it’s a great way to get a feel for the scale and nature of a MOOC.

The dates and (UK) times we need this support are:

Friday 8 November, 4:45-6pm

Friday 15 November, 4:45-6pm

Friday 22 November, 4:45-6pm

Friday 29 November, 9:45-11am [edited as I got this wrong in my original post – apols]

Friday 6 December, 4:45-6pm

We need between 3-5 people for each hangout. If you are available and interested, would you send me an email ( to say which dates you can do? I can then draw up a schedule and give volunteers all the details about how it will work.

Your help would be much appreciated by the EDCMOOC team!