A collaborative project that poses an interesting wrinkle on online communities. Essentially, it is a group of individuals lending their creative output to the group (YouTube), which in turn is made available to individuals (me), who manipulate this collective output towards further creation. 

I wish to pose my digitial ethnography in such a way, to show that community is essentially a group of individuals acting in concert towards a greater objective. That is not to say that they are sacrificing themselves to the greater good; they are merely playing to their strengths, adding what they can, and allowing the collective output to be reappropriated. ELearning Africa works like this, in my opinion. 

Now all I need is an application that will allow me to show this wall of sound. 

By Michael Gallagher

My name is Michael Sean Gallagher. I am a Lecturer in Digital Education at the Centre for Research in Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. I am Co-Founder and Director of Panoply Digital, a consultancy dedicated to ICT and mobile for development (M4D); we have worked with USAID, GSMA, UN Habitat, Cambridge University and more on education and development projects. I was a researcher on the Near Futures Teaching project, a project that explores how teaching at The University of Edinburgh unfold over the coming decades, as technology, social trends, patterns of mobility, new methods and new media continue to shift what it means to be at university. Previously, I was the Research Associate on the NERC, ESRC, and AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund sponsored GCRF Research for Emergency Aftershock Forecasting (REAR) project. I was an Assistant Professor at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (한국외국어대학교) in Seoul, Korea. I have also completed a doctorate at University College London (formerly the independent Institute of Education, University of London) on mobile learning in the humanities in Korea.

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