Welcome to E-Learning and Digital Cultures!
Sign up for the course here: https://www.coursera.org/course/edc
We’re really excited about starting the course on January 28th, and wanted to give you an early welcome.
Our Coursera site is currently being developed, and we’re aiming to open a week or so before the course officially begins. In the meantime, we’d like to encourage you all to try out the social media services we’re planning to use during the course. Opening up some of our scholarly activities to the wider public web is an important part of E-Learning and Digital Cultures, and we hope that you’ll join us in signing up to and using these free services.
The microblogging service Twitter is a great way to communicate and share resources, and we’re hoping to use it throughout the course for general chat, as well as specific tasks. You can start now with the hashtag #edcmooc
. Sign up for a free account here: https://twitter.com/
An important focus on E-Learning and Digital Cultures will be the role of visuality and multimodality in academic practices. You’ll be tasked with some exciting activities, both interpreting and creating images, and we’re planning to use the free photo sharing service Flickr. Sign up for a Flickr account here: http://www.flickr.com/
We’ll also be using YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/
), and we recommend that you sign up for a YouTube account (click the link top right to create a Google account). This will allow you to upload your own videos if desired, as well as add your comments to existing videos. We’re also recommending SynchTube (http://www.synchtube.com/
) to engage in synchronous chat whilst watching videos. It’s free and you don’t need to sign up for an account.
Writing your own blog during the course is also highly recommended. If you don’t have a blog already, you could try the free services Wordpress (http://wordpress.com/
) or Blogger (http://www.blogger.com
). We think your own reflections on the course themes will be a crucial part of the course, and we’re planning to share your posts and integrate them into EDC as much as possible.
We also recommend Facebook (www.facebook.com
) and MeetUp (http://www.meetup.com/Coursera/
) for getting together more socially or organising studying groups.
If you’ve not done so already, we hope you’ll sign up to these services, start your blog, and introduce yourself on twitter before we begin formally in January. Using the course hashtag with your social media activity will allow everyone participating to find your contributions easily, so please add #edcmooc
to your blogs, images and communications. We’ll also make this welcome email public on our Google Plus page (https://plus.google.com/104505101854214069712/posts
), and we’ll be in touch again soon with more details about the course content.
Looking forward to seeing you online soon!
All the best,
The EDC team