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New publication: Stories and Streams: A problem-based design for student-Led collaboration and peer-to-peer teaching across media practice modules


It’s been a long time coming but we’ve finally had the chapter developed from the Stories and Streams project (that took place at BCU in 2012/2013) published in a new book called “Collaborative Learning in Media Education.” The book is available to buy here but is also available through open access. Citation: Marcus Leaning (eds), 2015. Collaborative Learning in Media Education.…

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Seminar: Collaborative learning, collaborative journalism: 6th of June 2013 (Birmingham)


Whilst I was at Birmingham City University I was involved in a research project called “Stories and Streams” which explored ways in which to encounter challenges to media pedagogy and unpick critical ways of teaching media practice subjects such as journalism and alternative media within changing education contexts (read: dirty filthy tories) The research team (Jon Hickman, Paul Bradshaw and myself) produced several academic presentations and publication…

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Presentation: Stories and Streams at the University of the West of Scotland Learning & Teaching Conference.


Stories and Streams was a project that I have blogged a lot about last semester whilst at Birmingham City University, where I have taught new media theory, alternative media and web production for the last 3 years. We (Jon Hickman, Paul Bradshaw and myself) were funded by the centre of excellent in learning and teaching within BCU to evaluate and…

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Week 9: I’m not going to class tomorrow, and I’m the teacher…


I’m in Scotland at the moment for other-work-related things. Which means I can’t be in class for teaching commitments tomorrow. But taking a page out of the Jon Hickman school of teaching, I am not going to be around either. Which should be bad, I should arrange something for the 2nd years in the same way I am for the…

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Project: Stories and Streams, week 8: #media2012 as an assignment brief revisited


After the classroom restructuring in the previous session, this week was used to define the #media2012 west midlands brief for the remaining alternative media and web production (AM and WP) students to take them through the processes to complete their final 100 percent portfolio task due in May. The brief The AM&WP cohort will now be working together as a…

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Project: Stories and Streams, Week 7: Events-based learning: the west midlands #media2012 hub


When I started working on the Alternative Media and Web Production (AM&WP) module late-2010, it was with the intention of working towards embedding citizen journalism and the Olympic Games as a priority topic and theme for the module. It begin with #mc539, which then evolved into #MED5008, a course within another – online journalism. The first 6 weeks, my AM&WP…

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