E-learning and Digital Cultures 2011

part of the MSc in E-learning at the University of Edinburgh

E-learning and Digital Cultures 2011

Into the field – week 5

The visual artefacts/artifacts are all up now, and they’re looking really good – so please do continue to drop by them and make some commentary when you can. I think collectively they do a great job both of thinking with the visual in terms of academic ‘writing’, and providing some takes on our key cyberculture themes which are both critical and very personal. Great job –  as Kevin said on Twitter, the bar was set pretty high on this activity!

We’re approaching the mid-way point of the course, so at some point over this week you’ll be receiving (by email) some feedback on your lifestream from your tutor – just to give a sense of how things are looking for the final mark on this part of the assessment.

We are moving on this week, however, to consider virtual communities – whether they exist, how they might be defined and how we might research them. The plan is to take some time over this week to brainstorm ideas for communities which might be investigated for the ‘micro-ethnography’, and to discuss possible ways of presenting the ethnographies (again, this should be in some kind of digital form). There’s a discussion forum up now in the MSc Hub at:


which we can use to discuss and share ideas. This is also the place to discuss ethical issues – we have some good expertise on the course relating to research ethics (thanks Austin) so if you’re stuck with any of the ethical aspects of your chosen ethnography, please do discuss it with the group!

If you’re looking for some extra inspiration, as well as discussing with the group you could take a look at the ethnographies produces in previous instances of this course:

EDC 2010

EDC 2009

Given the quality of the visual artefacts, I’m really looking forward to seeing what comes out of this block’s work – best of luck with it, and see you on the discussion board in the Hub, and in the blogs.


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