MELSIG Internet Radio

radio-iconIt was suggested during one of the sessions at #melsigntu that MELSIG could set up an Internet Radio station. That or a podcast.

We used to have a podcast channel hosted on Podcastomatic but, like our journal (JMEL), it takes a special effort to find extra time to make these things happen.

If you are interested in contributing to a MELSIG radio/podcast channel in any way have a look at this Google Doc.

Digital Narratives success

The Digital Narratives focus worked out well for MELSIG on our visit to Nottingham Trent University last week. Thanks again to Elaine Swift, Charlie Davis and everyone there who hosted the event perfectly.

Would all presenters make sure either I or Charlie have a copy of presentations, handouts or links to materials you used. And thank you too.

We will now do what we always do – turn the programme page into a live resource. We will have all the presentations there and I audio recorded much of what we did and will embed that too via Soundcloud.

Thanks again to Rebecca Sellars, Neil Withnell and Graham McElearney for their efforts in running the Storify experiment. More on that soon as we bring all the final pieces together in the three stories. If I get a chance I will also make a post hoc Storify report and share that with the other materials via the event page.

Telling Different Stories – experiment at #melsigntu

Rebecca Sellers (Leeds Beckett University) and Neil Withnell (University of Salford) have volunteered to lead an experiment at our next MELSIG event at Nottingham Trent University on 8 January 2016.

Their challenge will be to push the boundaries of Storify to construct personal learning narratives from the day. Rebecca will be with us in Nottingham – Neil won’t. Neil will be making requests on participants for comments and media to construct his account – so please look out for those. He may also feed the event with related information he finds from  the virtual beyond!

It will be interesting to review the different personal strategies they take and to reflect on how we might apply lessons from this activity towards developing learner-generated Storify narratives as a digital pedagogy.

It is good to have two people in this experiment. If you would like to join them, please do. We will receive a report back (in person and via Google Hangouts) and two Storifies for comparison, towards the end of the day.

Crowdsourcing Digital Narratives #MELSIGrecipes

In the lead up to our event on 8th January we are running a crowdsourcing activity on Digital Narratives. We are building a set of ‘recipes’ on approaches people have taken to incorporating ‘the narrative’ in digital pedagogies.

Already there are examples on digital reflection, digital storytelling and story jumping. We could have millions of ideas in there so if you’re using blogging activities, eportfolios, digital feed forward methods, or… well if you’re doing anything share it!

Go into the Google Slides recipe file here.

Here are the instructions from the slide set:

If you are using or supporting the use of digital narratives in your practice share what you do on the following slides. Thankyou

What you need to do

Each slide in the slide deck contains information about a Digital Narrative technique that can be used by teachers or learners in higher education. The idea of ‘digital narrative’ is broad and will embrace any account in which digital or social media is used to record or present learning over time. We are looking for pedagogies that have a narrative dimension including the use of a blog, digital storytelling, e-portfolios, the use of social media like Storify, etc.. If you think it fits… then it fits!

Adding an idea requires you to add just enough information to convey the idea, but we hope you will provide a link to a blog post or other online resource if further detail is needed.

Make sure there is a fresh slide ready for the next person please (Ctrl+C to copy and Ctrl+P to paste the outline slide)

Next MELSIG programme

Book this date in your diary. The programme for our next free event is nearly complete. MELSIG will be hosted by Nottingham Trent University on 8th January to help you ease back into the New Year.

The free event will have sessions covering the following topics, all addressing the theme of Digital Narratives:

  • Digital Storytelling – including two case studies and I hope a workshop on how to integrate them in your course
  • At least one session on using Storify and a workshop on how to incorporate a range of media in Storify to create powerful narratives
  • Building Professional Development Planning narratives – using a digital toolkit to present professional profiles for presentation in LinkenIn
  • Social media note making – following the life of a note through social media
  • Blogging as public narrative
  • Going public by photo tweeting a lab session and sharing it with the world
  • And several more sessions probably to include the narrative in maker spaces and open courses using social media

We still have some space, especially short presentations and discussions. Please DM @melsiguk with suggestions. These are always welcome.

So keep that date clear and book your travel. Registration will open soon. Keep an eye on this site and Twitter (@melsiguk) for details.

Digital Narratives – Call for Contributions – MELSIG at NTU

Special focus: Digital Narratives

Open invitation

Host: Nottingham Trent University

Date: 8th January 2016

Title: Digital Narratives – how digital and social media are being used as part of narrative approaches to support learning, teaching and assessment practices


Together we will explore learning and the idea of digital narratives. We will consider how digital and social media are creating new formal and informal learning spaces and discuss how existing understandings of learning space are being disrupted by the digital and social media and other technologies we use every day. We will hear about the opportunities this presents for teaching and learning and we will reflect on our roles to encourage, support and challenge the use of media and, in particular, we will focus on ideas about narrative in learning.

For example, we expect to hear about how,

  • students are recording their experience of their course or being at university

  • the role of video as a tool for capturing projects

  • digital storytelling as an assessment task

  • Storify is being used to create social media narratives

  • Use of digital narrative from and in the field

The event will take place at Nottingham Trent University on the 8th January 2016. NTU and MELSIG are now developing the programme for the day and, as usual, welcome proposals that you think will fit this theme and be of interest to the sector.

Contact: Andrew Middleton with proposals for presentations and workshops: via @melsiguk or email a.j.middleton ‘at’

The full programme for the day is being developed here:

The Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group (MELSIG) is run by and targeted at post-compulsory academics, learning technologists and educational developers. MELSIG hosts inspiring and leading edge events on how digital and social media are transforming the academic and student experience.


JMEL-logoHaving announced the call for papers yesterday for a Special Focus issue of the Journal of Media Enhanced Learning I now put out a call for people to help with the journal.

It is really important that this new MELSIG venture creates opportunities for people who have a great interest in the area of media enhanced learning but who may not feel that they have a lot of experience in contributing to its development beyond their own institution. MELSIG has a good track record of supporting people who have great ideas and energy but who a relatively new to working across a network.

We are looking for people who can help as:

  • Editorial group members – the JMEL editorial group is already forming but we would be interested in finding others who are willing to contribute to steering the success of the journal. Volunteers should have some experience of publishing in peer reviewed journal and should also have been involved in peer review activities. You should have a good feel for what the sector wants from a journal like JMEL.Please DM @andrewmid if you are interested in being part of the Editorial Group.
  • Peer Reviewers – JMEL is looking for people willing to blind peer review submitted papers for the Special Focus issues. Each submitted paper will be reviewed by two people. Guidance on peer reviewing will be provided. If you are interested in doing this you can register as a reviewer on the journal site. It is an option when you register. Please note: you will be asked for your areas of expertise or interest – please be specific and prolific in your response. Think about your own interest areas as much as about ‘expertise’. Think also about pedagogy as much media or technology – a good mix would be useful. The reason for this is that when we assign papers to reviewers the best place to find a reviewer is to match keywords on a paper with keywords given on reviewer profiles – this can be difficult!

Please also encourage colleagues to respond to this call and the call for papers too.

Having got the first issue of JMEL off the ground (publication date is the 16th October 2015) we also want ideas for the next Special Focus issue. DM me @andrewmid.

Follow JMEL on Twitter and please retweet our calls! @JournalofMEL.

MELSIG launches a journal


MELSIG has launched the Journal of Media Enhanced Learning.

A free open and online journal, its purpose is to promote and inspire innovation in the good use of digital and social media in post-compulsory education.

JMEL will publish two Special Issues each year. The first issue will appear in October 2015. A call for papers has been announced today for Research Papers, Case Studies of Practice, Ideas for Innovative Good Practice, and Viewpoints papers. Papers will address the topic A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words. The journal also accepts submissions in the form of digital media artefacts.

Further details can be found from the JMEL part of this site and from the Call page itself. The journal uses the Open Journal System and you can register with it on the SHU OJS site.

Follow the journal on Twitter: @JournalofMEL