Welcome back!

Dear Digital Education students,

We are busy making final preparations for the new semester and are looking forward to welcoming back those of you who will be studying option courses with us in Semester 1. The first week of teaching begins on Monday 16 September and key dates for your diary in 2019/20 are:

Semester 1 – September 2019
Monday 9 September – Orientation week – Week 0
Monday 16 September – Start of semester – Week 1
Monday 2 December – Final week of teaching begins – Week 12

Semester 2 – January 2020
Monday 6 January – Orientation week – Week 0
Monday 14 January – Start of semester – Week 1
Monday 30 March – Final week of teaching begins – Week 12

For other University calendar and semester dates, please see: http://www.ed.ac.uk/semester-dates

Updated programme and course handbooks will be appearing on the Digital Education Hub over the next few days: http://hub.digital.education.ed.ac.uk/handbooks/

We look forward to seeing you online again soon!

Very best wishes,

Phil and the Digital Education programme team.

Happy New Year!

A very happy New Year to all our Digital Education students!  We’re looking forward to a great 2019.  This month we welcome new students to ‘An Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning’ (IDEL), and continuing students will be joining us on ‘Course Design for Digital Environments’, ‘Digital Education in Global Context’, ‘Understanding Learning in a Digital Environment’ and ‘Introduction to Social Research Methods’.    As usual, we’re really looking forward to our discussions of all things digital 🙂

Here is a reminder of key dates for the coming semester:

Semester 2 – January 2019
Monday 7 January – Orientation week – Week 0
Monday 14 January – Start of semester – Week 1
Monday 1 April – Final week of teaching begins – Week 12

See you online!

All best wishes for a great semester,

– Phil Sheail (Programme Director) and the Digital Education teaching team

Welcome (back)!

A very warm welcome to all new and continuing students on our Digital Education programme!

We’re excited to kick-start the academic year 2018/19 this week, with orientation activities for new students starting our ‘An Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning’ (IDEL) course.

For continuing students taking ‘Education and Digital Culture’, ‘Assessment, Learning and Digital Education’, and ‘Learning Analytics: Process and Theory’ courses, these all begin next week on Monday 17 September.

Key dates for your diaries this year are:

Semester 1 – September 2018
Monday 10 September – Orientation week – Week 0
Monday 17 September – Start of semester – Week 1
Monday 3 December – Final week of teaching begins – Week 12

Semester 2 – January 2019
Monday 7 January – Orientation week – Week 0
Monday 14 January – Start of semester – Week 1
Monday 1 April – Final week of teaching begins – Week 12

Dissertations students will also be continuing with us of course – and if you are due to start your dissertation this semester, we will also be in touch with you in the next few days.

You’ll be hearing from course organisers directly, but I just want to take this opportunity to wish you all the best for your upcoming studies this year.  We’re looking forward to it!

– Phil Sheail (Programme Director) and the Digital Education teaching team

Handing over to Phil

Many thanks to everyone for very happy memories as a student, lecturer and then programme director on the MSc in Digital Education.  What a wonderful end to my formal career; it has been a great privilege.

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From 1 August, Phil Sheail is the programme director.  She and I have been co-directors for the past couple of years and she has been a wonderful colleague to work with. Indeed, I couldn’t have managed without her. With almost 200 students on the programme it’s a demanding job, but there is a strong team to support the director and I know that Phil will be excellent in this role.

The team has also recently welcomed a new programme secretary: Victoria McIntyre, who has fitted in straight away.  She is another person with a busy role, until recently very ably fulfilled by Angie Hunter. Angie is now working full-time in our Centre for Research in Digital Education so we’re delighted with this too.

I’ll still be around as an honorary fellow. One of my retirement projects is to turn the summer school in academic writing into an open educational resource (OER). I hope to add this to the University of Edinburgh’s OER page, which is worth a look.  It’s also something you might want to contribute to yourself sometime – it already features work from digital ed students. Thanks to those who attended this year’s summer school for all the hard work and peer support.  I really enjoyed your contributions.

And so I hope there is more to come: watch this space!

Christine

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Summer School in Academic Writing

Opened_up_a_Pandora's_box28 May – 17 June 2018

A tutor-led project for Wider Themes in Digital Education.

The summer school is also open to any students on the Digital Education programme. If numbers are very high, priority will be given to Wider Themes in Digital Education students who will be aiming to add the work to their portfolios for credit.

The Summer school in academic writing will run from Monday 28 May to Sunday 17 June 2018. The course aims to help students to understand relationships between academic writing and their own assignments. Participants are encouraged to bring a theme from one of their assignments or a topic from one of their courses that they would like to write up as a paper for publication. Though largely practical, the course will briefly consider: the role of genre in academic writing; commercial influences and open access; academic practices; disciplinary differences; changes brought about by technology; values and standards in academic writing.  The course will run entirely online in Moodle, with visits to academic journal websites. Students will engage in a range of structured writing activities along with the tutor, who will also run weekly optional synchronous sessions in Collaborate or Skype.

There is no charge for the summer school.

For additional information, or to sign up for the summer school, please contact Christine at Christine.Sinclair@ed.ac.uk

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