This is a video record of my Prezi presentation for my ethnography for #ededc om the #mscel at the University of Edinburgh. I use the hashtags for this to signal that I am referring to a digital community as opposed to a physical one (although they do overlap). I do this within the presentation quite a bit so I thought it best to mention that ahead of time. The above is a video, but if you prefer scrolling through the Prezi at your own pace, you can access it in one of two places:
I chose eLearning Africa as a community because it transitions quite well from the digital to the physical (“the virtual to the real”). My observations yielded good results (in my opinion) as I found elements that reaffirmed my initial assumptions about this community and unraveled others that seem to point to possible fissure points for the overall aims of the community. eLearning Africa also proved interesting as it is essentially a geographical concept mapped larger digitally (international in participation) with pragmatic objectives mapped locally (at units smaller than Africa; regional or national levels). So you have if not blurred boundaries than certainly stretched ones.
As for my choice of tool to present with, after much deliberation and forays into other tools, I chose Prezi. Prezi was chosen not necessarily because it was the most dynamic tool available, but rather it offered a larger canvas in which to paint a portrait of this community. I previously attempted to use iMovie and Vuvox, but ultimately decided to stick with Prezi (although I do include bits that I created in iMovie and many thanks to Martin for recommending Vuvox).
The Prezi focuses on the thematic elements of the community, specifically:
- Geography (What is Africa?)
I pulled from the following sources (our readings for the last few weeks):
- Hine, C (2000) The virtual objects of ethnography, chapter 3 of Virtual ethnography. London: Sage. pp41-66
- Bell, David (2001) Community and cyberculture, chapter 5 of An introduction to cybercultures. Abingdon: Routledge. pp92-112.
- Kozinets, R. V. (2010) Chapter 2 ‘Understanding Culture Online’, Netnography: doing ethnographic research online. London: Sage. pp. 21-40.
Further, I pulled content from the various social networks in which this community communicates.