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Blog changes

There will shortly be a discussion area for Multimedia BSc students within CU Online. It intended for  general discussion relating to the course.

In addition, I am now teaching a 2nd year module on Copyright and Intellectual Property, which will be supported through this blog.

To avoid any confusion, I have re-named this blog  from ‘Course blog Multimedia year 1’ to ‘Multimedia module blog’.

The new posts will focus on copyright and IP issues, paying particular attention to mobile devices. There will be occasional items on research methods and user interface design. My research and teaching interest in the application of Web 2.0 technology to education and learning will also be reflected.

You are welcome to read the RSS feed, read the blog when relevant to your interests and comment when you have something to contribute to the discussion.

Thanks for your interest.


Open for comments

Comments throughout the blog are now open to guests. An email address is required, but not prior approval.

This is an experiment to see if readers want a discussion space. Readers can also be participants. The blog is mainly intended for students attending the course but we have a wider readership, who have offered helpful links  and constructive criticism.

It is intended as a small test case to help us see where the boundary between course membership and guest participation should be drawn. Do students want a public forum, or do they want a more private space? Do we all gain from a conversation which includes visitor comments, or is it too difficult to keep contributions relevant?

More fundamentally, are comment threads and forums  solutions looking for a problem to solve? We need to think about defining the problem to which this is the solution.

To add your comments about comments, head over to the Comments Welcome page.

Participating users need to add the Comments(RSS) feed to their feedreader. In this template it is at the bottom of every page.

About the blog

This blog is an example of the type of blog students will produce using WordPress hosting. You can have as many posts as you like. These work best as short pieces. You can also create a small number of pages. Pages suit a longer piece such as an essay, or static content. Depending on your choice of theme, tabs linking to pages will usually be arranged at the top, sometimes at the side.

I will use this example blog to demonstrate how to upload files and edit your blog. You are free to experiment with different themes and plug-ins. Generally, changing the theme re-arranges all the elements without mishap. At least as far as loss of text is concerned. Usability can suffer, but unlike a traditional website, you can change your mind about the design without the overhead of re-design and re-coding. Continue reading About the blog


This is the course blog for PPA The use and abuse of research. Documents and links will be posted here throughout the course.

Students will be setting up their own blogs and posting short pieces of writing throughout the course.

Of course, they will have much more advanced blogs than this.

Update: blog continues through User Interface Design module. See FAQ.