Collaborative Pedagogy and Digital Scholarship

Martyn and Graham have recently had an article entitled ‘Collaborative Pedagogy and Digital Scholarship’ published in Media Education Research Journal Vol 5.1 

The article presents an educational case study of ‘Media Culture 2020‘, evaluating the various tools and frameworks for teaching and learning which were implemented throughout this EU Erasmus funded project. The publication discusses how a range of web 2.0 and social media technologies might be adopted by academics to encourage open and collaborative modes of practice.




E-Learn 2014 – World Conference on E-Learning

Martyn recently had the honour of presenting at E-Learn 2014 – World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, an international conference organised by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE) and co-sponsored by the International Journal on E-Learning. The conference was held in New Orleans, US and featured delegates from all over the world, with over 60 nationalities represented.

The paper focussed issues of best practice and methods of ‘blended learning’ piloted throughout 2013 during the EU Erasmus Intensive Programme ‘Media Culture 2020’.  Martyn’s paper also demonstrated how the methods piloted during MC2020 have been influential in developing co_LAB and Lincoln School of Film Media’s online learning strategies, informing and underpinning a number of recent collaborative projects. The article was published in the conference proceedings and is available through the EdITLib online academic database


HCD Short Course – Complete!

I’m delighted to announce that all 3 teams from co_LAB completed the HCD course and submitted work for peer review.

Team 3 (James Field, Martyn Thayne, Alisdair Houser, Toni Wiltshire & Phillipa Revitt) submitted their project “Tamago” in the form of a poster that documents the concept and lists the potential benefits to budding social entrepreneurs:


Upon completing the programme, we each received a  certificate of accomplishment:


co_LAB in Latvia

The 6th International Week (iWeek) at the University of Liepaja, Latvia took place between 17th -22nd November, and the co_LAB team were invited to take part in the proceedings. iWeeks are where staff and students from across Europe meet at one University to work and collaborate with one another, through workshops, talks and networking events.

Graham, Clive, Louise and 4 of our Lincoln students (James, Matthew, Daisy and Maria) made their way to the coastal city on the Monday, arriving just in time for the opening event at MPLab. There were live musical performances, installations and food experiments to enjoy whilst Graham and Jamila Faber from the Academe of Pop Culture joined forces for some performance art poetry writing called ‘Vers’

Tuesday was a national holiday in Latvia to celebrate the anniversary of their independence, so at MPLab some of the international guests ran workshops for young children and big children alike, whilst we were given a guided tour of the city followed by a trip to the war town of Karosta.

The following days it was time to get to work, Clive and Louise ran a 2 day workshop entitled co_LAB|BEAM (#beamteam) in which they created an original augmented virtual map of the city. Using images sourced collaboratively, the team made a socially created environment, which captured the city and its inhabitants. Through image manipulation, new composited views unfolded, presenting connections and reflections of Liepaja. The results were a series of animated gifs and composited images that they projected back onto the walls of the city. Daisy and Maria took part in this workshop, along with a mixture of Dutch and Latvian students.

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Graham ran a 3 day workshop with Jamila Faber called re:VERSE where they provided an opportunity for students to work in collaboration with each other to produce an original audio visual art installation. Using the city of Liepaja as inspiration and in part an instrument, participants recorded, mixed and presented a song for the city. Simultaneously, visuals were captured, manipulated and edited and presented in support or conflict to the audio. They constructed an original presentation space through which individual members of the public experienced their creation. The students involved were all Latvian from a mixture of backgrounds and courses.

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Matt and James took part in the workshop run by Tibor Kecskés (HU). The workshop started with a lecture on Spontaneous Architecture and Design, followed by a conversation and debate, as well as short presentations by the participants on spontaneous patterns in the neighborhood (at home, in the city, on the net or anywhere else). Using various objects or used materials for the purpose of reinterpretation, new objects or installations with a different, foggy meaning (or no meaning at all) were created.



All workshop outputs were exhibited on the Friday night at MPLab

Alongside the workshops there was also a series of Talk and Show events each evening. Artists talking about their work and professors talking about their institutions. We were asked if we could give a talk about Lincoln, the University and co_LAB, which we did as a complete team, everyone taking the floor to talk about their course and the projects they were working on. This was all recorded and streamed live across the web where the rest of the team tuned in from home. It was really great to see the lines blur between staff and student throughout the week. We left Lincoln as 3 members of staff and 4 students, we returned from Latvia as simply tired yet inspired members of the co_LAB movement.

Mēs tiksimies, nezinu kur, nezinu kad. Bet es zinu, mēs atkal tiksimies kādā saulainā dienā. Paldies Liepaja, 

iWeek at Liepaja University, Latvia

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Staff and students from Lincoln School of Film and Media are currently in Latvia, participating in Liepaja University’s annual iWeek. To get a flavour of the event, here is a video from the opening night featuring loads of interesting art, interactive technologies, projection mapping and music exhibited at the event (although I must warn that the video is almost entirely in Latvian).

The co_LAB team are running two workshops – one delivered by Clive McCarthy and Louise Lawlor, and the other delivered by Graham Cooper, in collaboration with Jamila Faber from the Academy of Popular Culture, Netherlands. The team will also be delivering a talk about the co_LAB research network, aswell as showing off some cool art. The talk and show will be live streamed tomorrow 5pm GMT iWeek Liepaja and you can watch it here

Graham and Clive will report back with more information about the workshops and the iWeek