Orientation to the course

The course is pitched at what is now a large set of ideas, people and practices that we have loosely grouped under the banner of digital culture, games & education.

This, concisely, is what the course translates to in terms of tasks.

Courses are often thought about as things, as a set of rules, requirements and content that somehow works regardless of who is guiding students through it (me) and regardless of the students in the cohort. Both of those propositions are, to me, nonsense.

So while there will be a common set of readings and viewings each week, I will make suggestions to individuals or groups, if they have a common interest, to help with the particular interest they are exploring. The common material is there to give you a broad sense of the field. You can end up doing some pretty silly stuff if you don't know at least some of the history, some of the big debates, some of the key blind spots and some of the realities of the digital in education, for example.

The key to this course is communication. You can leave your communication to a minimum. That is your choice, i.e. simply turn in the two assignments. I know everyone is time poor and that tactic is the way some students like to do courses. I'm here to help. I can't read your mind so you'll have to communicate with me! I don't bite!

By communication, I mean communication between me and you and communication between each other. Doing a course about digital culture would be a little odd if we used semaphore flags, written letters or even telephone as the means of communication. That is part of the intent in using a Slack site, which is private, i.e. no one else but members can see what is posted there. It's also the reason I'd like you to explore Twitter a little. It's also why the resources for this course are open to the world and you for as long as you like to use them, on this wiki.

So you have two things to think about: engaging with the weekly materials, this is to orient you to the field and, at the same time, to be thinking about the particular aspect of the field that you'd like to explore for your first assignment and then develop into a resource for your second.