The tumblogs have all been submitted – thanks everyone. It’s time now to focus on the final assignment. Most of you have been in touch with either myself or Jen to discuss your topic (and medium) – if you haven’t done that yet, please try to do so in the next week. Remember that you also need to submit your own assessment criterion (or two) to supplement the core ones – these are likely to relate to the form of your final essay, and you might find it useful also to run these past your personal tutor.

Assignments need to be submitted by midnight, Sunday 28 April.

Many thanks to everyone for the energy, commitment and rigour you’ve brought to the course over the last 12 weeks. It’s been a pleasure to work with you all, and Jen and I are genuinely excited to see what you make of the final essay. Best of luck with it, and keep in touch!


week 11…home straight

We are now starting the final period of assignment preparation, so there are no structured tasks for the next two weeks. This is time to get ideas together and to get feedback and input from the group in doing so, if it’s useful to you. Blogging about your ideas for the digital essay is a good way to prompt feedback from your peers. Your tutors have been in touch individually about assignment plans, so please continue to use us as sounding boards too, if helpful.

The final assignment is due at midnight 28 April 2013, and needs to be submitted via Moodle. Once all the assignments are in and marked, we’ll collect them all together in an ‘All the assignments in one place’ page. If you’d prefer yours not to be included, no problem – just let us know.

Over this next couple of weeks you also need to review your tumblog to make sure you’re happy with it, write your 500 word summary, and submit it (again via Moodle) no later than midnight Sunday 7 April 2012. There are full instructions on what to do with the tumblog here.

Best of luck with pulling things together over these two weeks. I know a lot of good ideas are coming through already in relation to the final assignment – please do keep sharing them, with each other and with your tutor. We are really looking forward to seeing what you create from these last 10 weeks.

Week 10: educational implications of the posthuman

Good day, everyone, and welcome to week 10 – our final week of structured course activities! This week we will focus on the educational implications of the ideas about posthumanism that you’ve been reading, tweeting and tumblogging about over the past week. There have been many great posts and comments that show you are grappling with these very challenging ideas and readings with energy, insight and curiosity – this is exactly what we want to see, so keep up the good work.

Tonight (Monday) at 7:30pm UK time we are meeting in Skype for a text-chat tutorial. Sian has invited your suggestions about topics and questions you’d like to cover. We’ll also make some time to answer questions about the tumblog submission and the final assignment. And, if you’re not able to attend, we’ll post up a transcript afterwards.

Speaking of which – this week would be a good time for you to reach out to your tutor by email with some ideas about your final assignment topic, format and additional assessment criteria. Even if they’re not yet fully developed, we’d welcome hearing from you so we know roughly what you are planning. Remember, your assignment can focus and build on any aspect of the course, so you might start by considering what has grabbed or intrigued you most over the past 10 weeks, and go from there.

Hope to see you this evening – and have a great week!

posthumanism is about skin

“Posthumanism is about Skin”, by reticulatrix/George.

Monday’s chat: requests?

We will be having a course chat on monday evening (Monday 18 March, 7:30pm UK time). What would people most like to focus on? If there are particular readings, or particular questions you have, that you’d like us to be sure to cover, please comment on this post.

It’s week 9….

Image by Philippe Caza from 50 Watts

Welcome to block 3 – time has gone quickly and this is our final course section.

The micro-ethnographies are looking really good, there has been some extremely impressive work achieved here, in a very short time frame. To do them justice, we suggest spending a few more days commenting on ones you may not have had a chance to see or discuss yet, alongside getting to grips with this week’s activities.

Overall, Block 3 is concerned with the over-arching theme of posthumanism, and we start with some readings aimed at orientation to this complex set of ideas. Hayles and Haraway are the classics, but you might do best to start with Pickering (listed in the secondary reading) for an accessible introduction, if you’re unfamiliar with this area of thought. Either way, you’ll probably want to spend a lot of weeks 9 and 10 just reading and thinking as you work your way through some of these readings. You’ll find some discussion questions to help you – blog your thoughts if that seems appropriate and post a tweet when you have a post to share with the group.

We’ll also pick up on these questions, and others, in the Skype chat next week – remember this is Monday 18 March, 7:30pm (UK time). It’s not compulsory to be there, but it’ll be a good opportunity to further discuss ideas and to clarify any areas of concern. Also a good opportunity to meet up and socialise a bit as the course starts to draw towards its close!

Skype chat, week 10 – Monday 18 March, 7:30pm

Just a quick note to say that the Skype tutorial in week 10 will be on Monday 18 March, 7:30pm (UK time). It’s not compulsory, but will be an opportunity to discuss the block 3 readings, and the final assignment, and begin to wind up our time on the course. If you can’t make it, you can always liaise directly with your tutor about the assignment and anything else you need to discuss – but hope you can be there!

Week 8: publishing & discussing the ethnographies

Hello everyone, and welcome to week 8! This is our last week of block 2, when we’ll be publishing and discussing the micro-ethnographies you’ve been working on for the last couple of weeks.

A few of these have now been published, and we will keep adding to the list this week on the “all the ethnographies in one place” page – you can add a comment there when yours is ready for an audience!

Sian and I are very excited to see the range of projects you’re undertaking – there is so much to discuss, and your approaches to the concept of community are varied and interesting. Try to make some time this week to visit and comment on others’ work, as well as completing your own.

We’ve also noticed a lot of good work happening in the tumblogs – responses to this block’s readings, ethnographic musings, and much more. This is great to see – keep it up! And remember to keep publishing your weekly tumblog summaries.

Looking forward to another fabulous #ededc week.

“On Academic Publishing”, by Dr Emergency –

week 7: ethnography making week

Or not! Image from yes, sociology gifts….

Welcome to week 7! The ideas coming through for the ethnographies look really great so far, so please do continue the talk in the hub  forum to continue to build ideas and get feedback as we enter the ‘building’ period. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can always take a look at the work previous groups have done during this week – from 2009, 2010 and 2011 – there are some terrific examples there too.

A few people have been raising ethics-related issues in the forum: it’s important to take these seriously, so please do check out our ethics guidance page, and if you’ve any doubts or concerns drop your tutor an email, or raise it in the forum. And one more quick reminder – there’s guidance on some of the media you might use to make your ethnography here. However, given the quality of what you produced for the MOOC responses, I suspect many of you won’t have any problem with this aspect! However, don’t hesitate to give your tutor a shout if you need more guidance.

Post a comment to the ‘Building your ethnography’ page to let us know where your ethnography is, once you’ve done it, and please tweet it too, to #ededc. As the ethnographies appear, try to spend some time viewing and commenting on each other’s – toward the end of this week and into the beginning of next if need be. We are really looking forward to seeing what you produce this week!

Week 6, Block 2, and a change of direction

Well, perhaps not entirely a change of direction, as many of you have been considering, problematising and representing “community” in relation to your work on the MOOC responses. That may provide a helpful bridge into our second block of work on the course.

So, welcome to week six, when we turn our attention from “popular cybercultures” to exploring “virtual communities”.

Along with reading and tumblogging, your task over these three weeks is to identify a community online, and do a piece of micro-research on it, drawing on the principles of virtual ethnography. The readings will support you in this, and we also invite you to brainstorm, ask questions, and discuss your plans in the Hub Forum (ps – you need to join the EDC January 2013 Hub group to post to this forum). Remember that this forum, like the rest of the course environments, is public, so you can link to it from tumblog entries if you wish.

Speaking of tumblogs, you should all have received your mid-tumblog feedback via email last week – if you haven’t received this, or have any questions, please contact your tutor.

Have a great week, everyone!

Diary of a teaching machine, an EDCMOOC image by [ Ed ], cc:by-nc-sa,