MA Research

Rachel completed her MA in Digital Media, Culture and Education at the University of London and the London Knowledge Lab in early December, 2017. The research scope of her dissertation on ‘Knowledge Acquisition in Film Making Processes’ is outlined in the Abstract below:

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Rachel’s dissertation focused on student knowledge acquisition in film making processes which incorporated identifying the aesthetic value of film making within a media arts education framework.

Her research during the MA has included internet cultures, developing online identities, blogging, school-based research on digital game design, communities of practice and digital culture in education.

Internet cultures explored key topics such as:

  • identity and social media
  • digital curation
  • participatory culture
  • the Civic Web
  • affinities and spaces
  • subjectivity and performance
  • education and social media
  • home and school

This influenced her own blogging during 2015-16, exploring new topics, current issues and feedback. Some of the key issues that she pondered in the process were:

  • ensuring that student identity is safeguarded when reflecting on practice in an educational environment
  • juggling roles to enable oneself to post regularly and maintaining consistent input
  • getting drafted ideas posted while still relevant !
  • the importance of tagging
  • making links to other blogs effective
  • building a community of readers/contributors
  • sharing on Twitter/LinkedIn, etc. As authors, when do you feel is ‘the right time’ to broaden blog media reach.

She invites you to read some of the related posts here :

SNS and Education

Youth Engagement – The Appeal of The Internet?

Affinity, Knowledge and Shape Shifting

Reflections on Residential Day 2: Stepping Away from the Day Job – Is It Valuable? 

Like Me, See Me, Know Me? Networked Publics and Teenage Social Life

Web 2.0 and Educational Futures

On Professional Affinity Spaces, Participatory Culture and Reflection: Apple Distinguished Educator Institute. What’s The Story?

Young Learners, Curation and Multi-Modal Digital Books (@Book Creator): I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and I’ll Switch Off Your Keyboard Features! – Literacy & iPads in KS1 and I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff – Further Story Examples in Book Creator.

Developing People and Future Professionals:

Developing People – What’s Your Formula?

Learning Technology: Developing professionals of the future.

Do you work with 12-16 year olds, or have teens of your own at home? You can help with her pre-research, read more here: Media & Film ‘Go To’ Places for 12-16s?



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