Press Start Journal: Call for Papers

July 6, 2014 in Uncategorized

Press Start is an open access, peer-reviewed student journal that publishes the best undergraduate and postgraduate research, essays and dissertations from across the multidisciplinary subject of Game Studies.

If you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student (or a recent graduate) with an academic interest in video games and would like to find out more about publishing your work in Press Start, kindly see the journal website at Author Guidelines can be found at

Wrapping up and looking forward (inc course enrolment)

June 24, 2014 in announcements

*SPECIAL PLEA*: I want to make a special, personal plea to everyone: PLEASE make sure you are receiving your student email. We had several instances this year where people missed crucial information from the University about their fee status, which can lead to drastic consequences. If you received an email from me today about course enrolment, you are probably fine. If you didn’t, PLEASE review the ‘student email’ section of the technologies handbook and make sure you have a system in place for checking your email regularly, or forwarding it. Please do it now! *SPECIAL PLEA*

Wrapping up:
Our board of examiners meeting was held last week – well done to everyone who successfully completed one or more courses in 2013/14! And a special congratulations to all those who were awarded an MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, or Postgraduate Certificate at the board – 22 students in total (with more to come, as a number of people are submitting their dissertations between now and August). We look forward to celebrating with them at graduation in November – virtually or face-to-face.

Apart from that, we’ve had a really eventful year, and I just want to mention a few of the highlights.

The dissertation festival – Clara and Marshall did a wonderful job of co-ordinating and hosting the festival earlier this month, and those who attended gave feedback that indicates they got a lot out of it. Many thanks to all who attended, presented and hosted events!

New personal tutor system – all students on the programme have a named personal tutor, and many of you have attended one-to-one and/or group meetings this year. Overall we are happy with how the system functioned, and welcome any feedback or comments you might have about this as we make plans for next year.

Our new Professor and Lecturer in Digital Education – for those who haven’t heard, Sian Bayne has been promoted to the post of Chair of Digital Education, and Jeremy Knox has been appointed as our newest Lecturer. We are absolutely thrilled for both of them, and delighted that Jeremy will be able to take an even more active role in the programme from September. We will have more new team members to welcome soon, and well let you know about that as soon as we can!

Teaching award nominations - we were very grateful for the support of programme participants, who nominated us for a total of 16 awards this year.

EDCMOOC – ran for a second time, and plans are afoot to do some pretty interesting things with the next run in November 2014! Stay tuned for more…

Digital Cultures and Education research group - lots of activity this year, including a well-attended seminar series and special visits from Bonnie Stewart and George Veletsianos. In addition, the Networked Learning conference brought digital education researchers from around the world to Edinburgh for a few days in April, and generated lots of new collaborations and connections. Our active research culture brings new insights and ideas to the programme content and design, and keeps pushing us to the ‘edges’ of digital education, which is where we most like to be!

Last but not least, a shout out to all those completing their dissertations over the next few months – well done, go for it, and keep up the good work!!!

Looking forward:
You may have noted on the course timetable and web site that some course names have changed – these are:
Course design for e-learning –> Course design for digital environments
E-learning and Digital Culture –> Education and Digital Culture
E-learning Strategy and Policy –> Digital Education: Strategy & Policy
E-learning Politics and Society –> Digital Education in Global Context
Online assessment –> Assessment, Learning and Digital Education

The course enrolment form for September courses is now available in Moodle: . We’d appreciate you filling in the enrolment form even if you’re not taking a course in September, just to let us know your plans.

The following  courses are running in September (in addition to ‘Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning – all new students will be automatically enrolled for that course):
Course design for digital environments
Introduction to digital game-based learning
The digital student experience – a new course, running for the first time in September
Research Methods

Information about all these courses, and the 2014/15 delivery timetable, is available at .

New Student Journal in the Games Area

June 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

Those interested in the area of games and learning may be interested in contributing (as authors or reviewers) to a new student journal called “Press Start”.  Take a look at the journal home page at :


Come to the MSc in Digital Education’s Dissertation Festival!

May 26, 2014 in announcements, events

Glass catching the light by Dorothy Thompson CC-BY

Come one, come all to the Dissertation Festival!

Monday 2 June – Friday 6 June, 2014

The Dissertation Festival is being held in our programme wiki space at and in Collaborate.

The Festival is a chance for students on the programme to share their thoughts on their dissertation in the lead up to their submission date.  It’s also an opportunity to hear tales from alumni, tips from tutors and ideas from peers on how to survive and thrive through the dissertation process.

The Festival is a place for sharing ideas, issues and inspirations with each other.

All programme participants and alumni are very, very welcome!

View and feedback on student work

If you can’t make it to the synchronous sessions, you can still view students’ presentations and leave comments through the wiki (from Monday 2 June, those spaces are still under construction just now!). Feedback is greatly welcomed and will help folks refine their ideas as they grapple with the challenge of writing up their research.

Synchronous events

We  have two events with alumni and tutors looking at:

  • Surviving and thriving through the dissertation process (Monday 2 June 8pm-9pm BST)
  • Writing up and daring to be multimodal (Tuesday 3 June 8pm-9pm BST)

We also have two sessions chock full of students’ fascinating work on topics ranging from identity formation, collaborative authoring, art experiences, ideas of community and promoting reflection on learning.

  • Work in progress dissertation presentations on Thursday 5 June (8pm-9.30pm BST)

*Nicola Ashton – Using certainty-based marking in online professional development to promote more effective post-course reflection among nurses
*Sally Dawson – Building connections: investigating expectations and experiences in distance learning:  how do connectedness and community impact on the distance experience?
*Daisy Giles – Identity Formation of Novice English as a Foreign Language Teachers in Online Discussion Forums

  • Work in progress dissertation presentations on Friday 6 June (8pm-9pm BST)

*Charmaine McKenzie – How did participants’ experience on the OA11 wiki affect their views on collaborative authoring?
*Gina Fierlafjin Reddie – Are ‘Friends’ Electric: exploring social media spaces that locate and shape online art experiences

Find out more and sign up for these events at

Please remember to check you can access Collaborate for the synchronous events (a how-to is at )

See you at the Festival!

New online courses that may be of interest

May 24, 2014 in Uncategorized

Digital Education Programme participants may be interested in a new series of courses that are being offered by the Technology and Innovation Studies Subject Group of School of Social and Political Sciences.  There is an opportunity on the 28th of May to find out more, and the invitation to their “virtual open day” is pasted in below.  Just to be clear, these are not part of the Programme in Digital Education.  But for any interested, it is possible to substitute up to one course (20 credits)  from the (Masters) programme with a course from another programme, with the permission of the Director of the student’s own programme, and of the Director of the “host” programme.

We are delighted to invite you to experience an exciting new online learning course: PGCert in Making Use of Digital Research.
An opportunity to develop the skills to succeed in the fast moving field of digital research.

The Virtual Open Day will take place on the 28th May 2014 12:00-13:30.

To register for the open day please use the Eventbrite page below:

The Virtual Open Day is an opportunity to get to know the programme team, course convenor and technologists providing technical support. The programme team are keen to give detailed practical information about the programme structure and workload. You might like to get a sneak preview of this area of work by viewing recent materials from the Digital Day of Ideas on ‘Data’ and our Valuation as Practice symposium which included discussion relevant to the digital research agenda.

The event will make use of online ‘Collaborate’ technology which enable you to interactively engage with the programme team. You can get access using the link below:

Using the system should be straightforward, but do take a few moments to confirm you can access it correctly before the session. For further instructions or technical queries please contact Benjamin Koeck <> either before the event, or at any time on the day in real-time from 09:00.

Making Use of Digital Research:

This Postgraduate Certificate is aimed at commissioners, coordinators and users of digital research in business, policy-making and the third sector, including digital marketing and analytical services officers. The PGCert comprises a suite of courses that together provide the critical understanding and skills needed to make best use of digital research findings, with a particular focus on social media research, web 2.0 data and their synergies with publicly available ‘open’ administrative datasets. Based on the latest research into the social and economic influences on how digital research is being developed and used, this PGCert is designed both for novices and for more experienced professionals who need to maintain a critical appreciation of the fast moving field of digital research.

For further information contact:

We look forward to welcoming you to the Virtual Open Day,

The Making Use of Digital Research Team