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Getting feedback – writing a PhD proposal, pt.2

About six weeks ago, I published a post called A Dream Upon Waking (writing a PhD proposal, pt.1) where I started describing the (slow) process of writing my PhD proposal. I was delighted to receive some very useful feedback from fellow bloggers (and as a matter of fact, if you’re also writing a research proposal, I would suggest you follow the link above and read these comments).

So, I’ve been hard at work since then and I’ve finally come to something that hopefully looks like a fully-formed research proposal. I’ve already phoned a friend, so this time I’d like to ask the audience:

If you’re interested in educational research, digital literacies, social media or networked learning, I’d be immensely grateful if you could take a minute to read my proposal and comment on it.

Click here to read my PhD proposal.

You can leave comments on the page itself, or you can use the ‘comments’ section at the bottom of this page. Your feedback will be much appreciated!

Thanks for reading,



Session resources: ‘Working with Video in the Language Classroom’ – 28th Feb 2012


On this page you will find all the resources you’ll need when attending the “Working with video in the Language Classroom” workshop on 28th February 2012, organised by FILTA and MMU.

Session objectives:

At the end of this session, you should be able to:

Convert a section of a DVD into a digital file

Edit film clips and share them online

Use Web 2.0 to create online discussions around film clips

Activity 1: Extracting video clips from a DVD

For this activity, we will be using Xilisoft DVD to WMV converter 6 (PC) or Handbrake (Mac). If the software is already installed on your machine, simply run it. Otherwise, install it using one of the links below:

Xilisoft DVD to WMV converter 6 (PC)

Handbrake (32 bits – Older Macs)

Handbrake (64 bits – Newer Macs)

VLC (Mac – required to run Handbrake)

Activity 2: Editing video clips

For this activity, we will be using Windows Live Movie Maker (PC) or iMovie (Mac). If the software is already installed on your machine, simply run it. Otherwise, install it using one of the links below:

Windows Live Movie Maker (PC – Windows 7 and Vista)

Windows Movie Maker (PC – Windows XP)

iMovie comes pre-installed on every new Mac and is not available for download.

Activity 3: Embedding video clips in in PowerPoint

For this activity, we will be using Microsoft PowerPoint. Please run the application on your computer.

Activity 4: Uploading and sharing video clips

For this activity, we will be using a free online service called DropBox. If you do not have an existing DropBox account, click here to create a free account.

Do not forget to make a note of your username and password so that you can access your account again at a later date.

Click this link to activate file sharing on your DropBox account.

Activity 5: Using film clips with Web 2.0

For this activity, we will be using MMU’s Languages Web PortalClick this link to create a new member account or to log on to your existing account.

Once a member, you may access the FILTA working space directly.

Downloadable video clips

PC format

De battre mon coeur s’est arrêté (The Beat My Heart Skipped) (Jacques Audiard, 2008, France)

Parlez-moi de la pluie (Let’s talk about the rain) (Agnès Jaoui, 2007, France)

Mac format

Brassed Off (Mark Herman, 1996, UK)

Further reading and weblinks:

Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011). The 2011 Horizon Report. Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium.

Online Learning Task Force (The), 2011. Collaborate to compete: Seizing the opportunity of online learning for UK higher education. A report to HEFCE.

Warschauer, M., 2006. Laptops and Literacy: learning in the wireless classroom. New York, Teachers College Press.

Create your own Web 2.0 online space using Ning.

Xilisoft DVD to WMV help and full licence purchase ($30)

Handbrake help (Mac)

Windows Movie Maker help (XP)

Windows Movie Maker help (Windows 7 & Vista)

iMovie help (Mac)

Dropbox help