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A year-long series of research seminars on the theme of openness in media in all its forms. All the seminars are free to attend and open to all.


The Centre of Disruptive media - http://disruptivemedia.org.uk/

Disruptive Media is a term we have adapted from business where a disruptive media technology is one ‘that helps create a new market and value network, and eventually goes on to disrupt an existing market and value network’

The Centre for Disruptive Media is looking to meet the challenge of such digital technologies:

1) by studying and researching disruptive digital technologies. 

2) by experimenting with the development and use of disruptive digital media, including open source, open access, open data and open education resources, augmented reality, mobile and geolocative media.

3) by disrupting and displacing the existing market by creating and exploring new economic models and new economies. 

Read more about the centre’s philosophy.

Read more about our take on disruption.


In the UK

Simon Lancaster

Chemistry lecturer adopting some elements of the phonar approach




Photobook Club

Matt Johnston, one of the lecturers of the open classes has established the Photobook Club initiative which aims to promote and enable discussion surrounding the photo book format. Although not a Coventry University initiative it is an interesting activity which links to the principles of connection and collaboration. In addition to focussing on physical artifacts, the Club has an online presence but also has boxes of books that are circulated and physical meet ups.


Digilit Leicester

Josie Fraser Leicester City Council



The Ragged Project

Started as the Ragged University. The Ragged project is inspired by the histories of free education from all points in time, in particular those of the Ragged Schools. 



Around the world

Connected courses Google+ Community








Digital Storytelling DS106 -http://ds106.us

Began in 2010 online experiment - concerned with  new spaces, digital identity

US, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Australia, NZ


- 3 faces


Student's own webspaces

Aggregation and syndication (tags)


TV station

minecraft server


Assignment bank - visual, audio, design - students created the assignments - creative community over 500 options all created by students (used by highschool students all over US) - difficulty rating system, what other people did and tutorials - how they did it.

self reflexive - class is often the subject

eg in 2011 two weeks before start of class - 200 animated gifs made and tutorials made.

Blog posts

Daily Create

Inspire - what work from ds106 inspired them


Feedback loops

exposure to new networks

aggregated content drawn together

Phonar Nation

over 250,000 teenaged participants across North America as part of the MacArthur Foundation Cities of Learning project.

Taken from the website......

What is Phonar Nation?

Phonar Nation is a free online photography class, open to anyone in the world. Phonar is short for photography and narrative. The name for the class comes from a university course — #Phonar — created by award-winning British photographer Jonathan Worth. He also created Phonar Nation, which he calls “the sum of all us storytellers all over the world.”

How do I sign up for the class?
Go to PhonarNation.org, and click on any lesson that interests you. If you want to earn a digital badge or enter to enter to win weekly prizes, go to pursuitery.com, create an account and take the Phonar Nation classes on that website. Cities of Learning participants (Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Los Angeles, Pittsburg, Washington D.C), join the challenge through the city website. More info here.

What will I learn?
The goal is for you to begin to read and understand pictures, and then to use them to tell powerful stories.

What equipment will I need?
A smart mobile device, such as a phone with a camera and Internet connection, or a digital camera and computer for uploading photos and connecting online.

Scissors, glue, sticky-tape and old magazines/newspapers are helpful for some of the tasks, though not strictly necessary. For optional tasks, such as the book-making challenge, some additional craft materials are helpful.

Jaaga Study




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