#EDCMOOC Digital Artifact

By February 19, 2013 January 15th, 2016 Education & Training


Those of us participating on the e-learning and digital cultures MOOC (#edcmooc) are submitting our peer-assessed digital artifacts next week.  I spoke about some of my ideas for this assessment item in an earlier post however I’ve reassessed what I would like to do (and, more importantly, what I can achieve in such a short amount of time).  This blog post will function as the planning and management document for my digital artifact so read on to see my work process along with my goals for the digital artifact.

This blog post will be a living document until I submit the described digital artifact for assessment so don’t be alarmed if you see changes over time.


To create a digital artifact that presents a digitally utopian vision of educational institutes in a world where education is not defined by physical and/or spatial presence.

Digital Artifact – Technical Details

The digital artifact will be an infographic accessible via a link on this blog.  It will include images (not just itself as an image) along with textual elements and hyperlinks.  The infographic will be accessible as a PDF document to preserve hyperlinks.

Structure – Storyboard concepts

  1. The digital artifact will commence with an image of a broken-down sandstone education institute
  2. A discussion will begin between two antagonists akin to the discussion between the characters in the video presented during the course on meat machines (link).  Content yet to be written
    1. The content will be in the form of ‘screenshots’ of twitter-like asynchronous textual conversation
    2. Content will briefly discuss, from a utopian perspective, issues in the adoption of technologies in support of education and concepts of physical presentism in education
  3. Protagonists will collectively laugh and make a statement akin to “I can’t believe we got to where we are having come from that”.

Digital Artifact – Assessment Criteria

  • It will contain a mixture of two or more of: text, image, sound, video, links

The digital artifact will contain images, text and hyperlinks.

  • It will be easy to access and view onlineThe digital artifact will be easily accessible through a link on this blog.
  • It will be stable enough to be assessed for at least two weeksThe digital artifact will be accessible via a link on this blog.  This will ensure that the artifact is accessible and stable for the duration of the assessment period.
  • Some broad areas you could consider: … the future of learning institutions
  • 800 Words of text or five minutes of video/audioThis will be adhered to in the design of the content and during the content packaging.
  • The artifact addresses one or more themes from the courseThe digital artifact will explicitly address utopias/distopias in educational technology and will implicitly address issues in post-humanism and the role of the human in the learning experience.
  • The artifact suggests that the author understands at least one key concept from the courseThis will be communicated throughout the digital artifact
  • The artifact has something to say about digital educationThe digital artifact will explicitly address utopias/distopias in educational technology particularly as it/they relate(s) to educational institutions.
  • The choice of media is appropriate for the messageThe choice of media adheres to the assessment guidelines.  Further, it is appropriate for the message in that the delivery medium, an infographic, is an effective and popular contemporary communication tool whilst the media included within the infographic, the twitter-style conversation, directly uses a disruptive technology currently altering educational technology.
  • The artifact stimulates a reaction in you, as its audience, e.g. emotion, thinking, actionEffort will be made to make the content of the digital artifact stimulating.  As the content of the infographic is presented utilising a currently familiar although disruptive technology it will provoke a sense of identification with the audience.

Development Process

  1. Itemise a list of positives/negatives relating to the concept
    1. Detail items in the comments section below
  2. Compose draft conversational content embedding the list at step 1. from a digitally utopian perspective
    1. Name each character (two characters)
    2. Source relevant hyperlinked content relevant to the discussion
  3. Source/design graphical elements
  4. Compile infographic
  5. Create blog post with a link to the infographic
  6. Submit blog post URL for assessment

Whilst working on these six steps progress will be recorded in the comments below and revisions will be made to the blog post above.

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