Well I’ve finally reached the fifth and final week of The University of Edinburgh’s E-learning and Digital Cultures course via Coursera.
While I’ve found it demanding, I’ve also loved every minute of it.
The assessment for this course is a digital artefact which “expresses, for you, something important about one or more of the themes we have covered during the course”.
Since I have been blogging my learnings and extrapolations of thought along the way, I decided to use that content as the substantive foundation of my artefact. I also wanted to comply with the course’s instructions to use a mix of multimedia, in addition to honouring the subject matter’s debt to popular culture.
In order to meet all of these criteria, I have created an artefact comprising four images that relate to key concepts covered by my blogs, whilst giving a nod to the king of pop art, Andy Warhol.
Each image has two links associated with it: On the right, a link to my corresponding blog post; and on the left, a link to Wikipedia to shed more light on the esoteric Warholian angle.
If you are wondering how I created this artefact, my steps were as follows…
After deciding which images I would use, I needed to source them. I secured the banana from the fruit bowl in my kitchen, I discovered the can of soup at the back of my pantry, and I bought the toy gun for $2 at a bric-a-brac store.
I originally intended to source a bar of Milka chocolate because its wrapper features a delightfully purple cow. However, despite scouring every corner shop and supermarket across the city and the burbs, I could not find a single vendor of this brand in Sydney. I even posted a call-out to Milka’s 234,000 Facebook fans – but to no avail.
Running out of time, I borrowed my wife’s beloved cow statuette.
The next step was to take photographs of each of object with my iPhone. I cut the backgrounds out with a graphics editor, played around with the brightness and contrast, and adjusted the colour balance of the cow to bathe it a Warholian purple.
After combining the four images into a single PNG file, I uploaded it to ThingLink. I used the software to “tag” each image, then I published the interactive media to my channel.
I hope you like it!
11 thoughts on “Putting the moo into mooc”
Cool process and final product!
Now I see why you where after the Milka chocolate ;-)
Love it! Great work! :-)
Cheers Helen :0)
@ Alexandra – The plot thickens ;0)
Hi Ryan, that’s pretty impressive. Hey, I find it hard to keep up with all these new tools. Just came across RebelMouse this morning. Is this something similar?
Ryan, isn’t it soooo frustrating that we can’t upload video to WordPress.com? Oh well, I’ll just upload my video files to YouTube and link to my blog I suppose. Might get more traffic that way anyway.
I’ve never heard of RebelMouse, Rowena, I’ll check it out.
Uploading your videos to YouTube is a good idea anyway. Note that you can embed YT code into WordPress, and don’t forget to add your link to the description at YT.
Like you, I also blogged throughout the experience of edcmooc, but (unlike you) decided not to create a new artefact for the final assessment. I just submitted one of my blog posts, which does have an embedded video, and a picture, so my interpretation of the requirement is pretty loose.
Lazy? Maybe. Lack of time? Definitely.
Must check out ThinkLink when I get a chance.
Thanks Sharon. I’ll check out your blog.