Your courses are now open

January 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

512px-half-open_door_to_heaven_4761478827A very happy new year to everyone – here’s hoping for some great beginnings, opportunities and connections.  You can now start to take a peek into what’s ahead in 2017.

Your courses are available in the links on the panel to the left of the page, and the semester starts on Monday 16 January. Remember to read the course guide to find out what you can expect (and what’s expected of you).  The programme handbook has also been updated for the coming semester; there are some important changes to University-wide regulations about extensions.  All of these are available

Last semester’s courses can still be accessed via Moodle or through their direct URLs.

And a big hello to 25 new people starting on IDEL this semester.  We’re all looking forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your time with us.  You’re joining a vibrant and creative community.


Image: By Klearchos Kapoutsis from Santorini, Greece (Half-open door to Heaven  Uploaded by Yarl) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Enjoy the break!

December 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

256px-happy_holidaysAs we come to the end of another busy year, we hope that you find time to give yourself a well-earned break – even if you do have an assignment or dissertation to think about!

A very warm welcome to our new cohort who will be joining us in January. We’re very pleased to have you on board and we look forward to seeing you in An Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning (IDEL).

Our new semester begins on 16 January 2017 and your courses will be open from 9 January.  If you have not yet signed up for one, you can still do so at You might want to check out the relevant handbooks which you’ll find in the links to the left.

We’ve been asked by the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) to remind you about the annual Teaching Awards.  Thanks to all who have nominated us in the past – we’ve had a lot of nominations for our tutors and courses and in last academic year we had a winner!  Sian won the award for Best Dissertation Supervisor.  To vote in this year’s campaign, go to

So, whether you’re just joining us for the first time, coming to the end of your studies, or taking one of our optional courses next semester, everyone in the Digital Education team wishes you a very happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Image: By Viscious-Speed (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons


Learn Appeal: recording of event now available

December 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

Learn Appeal Presentation – Tuesday 29 November at 13.30 (UK time)

This presentation will be via Collaborate Ultra.

If you’re looking for a digital education project that helps people to connect, you might be interested in Learn Appeal.  This charity is looking for talent and a little time  from people involved in digital learning. This could even be part of a Wider Themes portfolio or perhaps a relevant topic for another course.  If you can’t make the presentation but you still want to know more, get in touch or go to

The recording of the event on 29 November is now available here:



We’re proud of our graduating students!

November 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

We have a bumper crop of graduands coming to the Usher Hall on Monday 28 November at 3 pm. We’re looking forward to meeting them in person along with their families.  You can watch the ceremony being live streamed at 

Some of our graduands are unable to make it, and we want to celebrate them too.  Join us on Twitter at #mscde  to add your good wishes.  These include:


Popi Anastasiou

Popi Anastasiou – MSc in Digital Education

Nikki Bourke – MSc in Digital Education

Catherine Coudray – Pg Certificate in Digital Education

Sergio Estridge – MSc in Digital Education

Linda Matthews – MSc in Digital Education

Fiona MacAlister – Pg Certificate in Digital Education


Catherine Coudray


Sergio Estridge


Linda Matthews

Volunteer for the Student-Staff Liaison Committee!

September 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

Hi everyone, and to those who are joining the MSc in Digital Education this September, a huge welcome! For the last year and a half, I have had the pleasure of being the Chair of the programme’s Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC). Having now completed the MSc and looking forward to Graduation in November, I am sadly stepping aside from this role. My final task is to post this message and encourage anyone who is interested in becoming involved with the Committee to get in touch with Christine.

Although I sit on a number of committees and working groups as part of my day job, I’d never chaired a meeting before but found the whole experience really enjoyable, as well as providing me with a valuable professional development opportunity. The SSLC is an excellent and rewarding way of getting to know the other students and staff who are committee members and taking forward issues and ideas to enhance the programme.

So, what has the SSLC been up to since it started in March of last year? Our first action was to establish the Committee’s Terms of Reference and decide on the purpose of the SSLC, how meetings would be conducted etc. So far, we’ve tended to hold one meeting per semester, taking place via either Skype or Collaborate at a time which is convenient to the majority of group members. A few technical hitches aside, the meetings have gone well… although they’ve never seemed long enough! There’s always a lot to talk about! A frequent agenda item has been the Hub, its usefulness and how student collaboration through use of the Hub could potentially be improved. This is something which is on the programme team’s (near) future agenda. Another idea that we’re keen on progressing is the development of a research journal, primarily to “showcase” dissertation work on the programme. We’ve realised that there is a lot of fantastic research being produced at the dissertation stage which we’d love to share! Other conversations have included the setting up of an alumni community, feedback on library services and ways of organising study groups / facilitating networking opportunities amongst cohorts. Early days for some of these discussions but I’ll be interested to hear how the themes develop over the coming months.

In terms of commitment, for SSLC members this mainly extends to attendance at the meetings. As Chair, I had a little more to do, such as preparing the agenda for the meetings and following up on action points, but Christine and Angie (who normally takes care of the minutes) are great and very supportive. So, if you’re either starting the programme this month or returning to take another module and are considering putting your name forward for the SSLC, my advice would be to go for it! I’ve enjoyed my time as Chair immensely and would thoroughly recommend it!

Karen Taylor (