Jisc is awarding funding and support to students and start-ups who come up with a brilliant idea for using technology to transform learning or research in further education, universities and work-based learning. In the past, teams have been successful with ideas like bringing together researchers and participants, an app to help people learn languages, and tech to improve lectures.
There are four competitions to suit different teams including one aimed and Further Education learners and one at apprentices. Apply by uploading a short video explaining your idea to the Elevator site, where you can also find further details of each competition.
An invitation to tune in to Professor Siân Bayne’s inaugural lecture, being livestreamed on Wednesday at 5:15pm UK time. The lecture will be available to watch later, too, but if you’re available at that time and would like to join us, Sian would be delighted to have you there virtually (or in person if you happen to be in the Edinburgh area!).
We’ll use the hashtag #troublediged to discuss the lecture as it unfolds.
The trouble with digital education
Digital technologies in education are often considered in terms of the promises they seem to offer: for enhanced efficiency, for ‘more relevant’ teaching methods, for higher levels of engagement in the classroom, for ways of reaching new groups of students or revolutionising universities. Almost equally often they are viewed as a threat: they do not take into account the value of embodied, co-present teaching, they replace scholarly community with isolation and automation, they are complicit with cultures of surveillance, homogenisation and teacher de-professionalisation.
This lecture will navigate a pathway through the promises and the threats, to consider the interface between education and the digital in terms of ‘troubling’. Looking at some of the trends and trajectories of the last decade of digital education, it will show how it has worked to challenge some of the core ties-that-bind within the academy: the links between author and text, between university and campus, between human and non-human. It will argue that we need the digital to keep educational practice fresh, critical and challenging.
The newly-formed Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) for the MSc in Digital Education will have its first meeting on 16 March. Broadly speaking, the aim of this committee is to ensure that the student voice is heard on issues that affect their educational experience. Ours will be one of many SSLCs across the University, but we can ensure that it meets our own needs as a fully online programme. In the University’s guidelines, there is a useful set of principles highlighting governance, decision making, quality enhancement and assurance. We shall be formulating our own terms of reference, but they will be in keeping with these principles.
For the MSc in Digital Education, our SSLC membership consists of 8 student reps, 3 academic staff, and our administrator. To see who we are – and to raise any issues you want us to consider – go to our section in the MSc in Digital Education Moodle space. This space will be changing over the next few weeks as we add further information about ourselves and our aims. But you can contribute to the discussion forum now.
How does information get into Wikipedia? Who puts it there? Who edits it? (And why aren’t there more women?)
When women first matriculated to study medicine in the UK, it was at the University of Edinburgh. It didn’t go down too well – in fact, it caused a riot. Wikipedia tells us about Edinburgh Seven, but there is much more to say. And the University of Edinburgh has the evidence.
As part of the University’s Innovative Learning Week, the Moray House School of Education is joining forces with the Information Services team, the School of Literature, Languages and Cultures, EDINA and the National Library of Scotland to help people learn to edit Wikipedia, using content from the University archives.
This will be happening on campus over four afternoons, but it’s open to distance learning students, alumni, staff, and members of the public as well as campus-based students. You can sign up for as many sessions as you want while places are available.
‘Knowledge’ is a key site for debates about social justice. The processes by which a given society decides which knowledges are valuable, how some individuals and groups are constructed as ‘scientific agents’ and how particular ways of knowing are legitimated are deeply political questions. Indeed, the power of many of liberation struggles is not only in their transformations of the material conditions of marginalised groups but by challenging the social order through radical new ways of seeing and understanding the world.
For this competition, we invite undergraduate and postgraduate students to create an image related to the theme of ‘Whose Knowledge Counts’. A selection of images will be debated at a roundtable event from 1pm-3pm on Thursday 19th February at the Chrystal MacMillan Building, Seminar Room 5, where we will also announce the competition winners. This event will be livestreamed and recorded for distance education students.
Upload your image to the competition’s Padlet wall by Friday 13th February 2015.