Welcome to a new academic year

September 10, 2014 in announcements

…and our orientation week for the autumn 2014 semester of the MSc in Digital Education, which began on Monday 8 September. A special welcome to those who have just joined the programme! We hope you’re settling in and enjoying getting to know your fellow participants and tutors.

Those of you enrolled for courses this semester should now have heard from your tutors with information about getting started. You can find links to course sites, handbooks, and other information in the lefthand sidebar of this site. If you have any questions as you get started, please don’t hesitate to ask your course organiser, personal tutor, the programme secretary (angela.hunter@ed.ac.uk), or programme director (jen.ross@ed.ac.uk).

We’ve been asked to let you know about a forthcoming focus group event for online distance learners in the School of Education – see further information below.

All the best, have a great semester.

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For all PGT – Online Distance Learners – School of Education

Tell us what you really think.

  • The School of Education wants to improve the way it listens and responds to students’ suggestions and concerns
  • Come and have your say in a small and confidential group discussion (approx. 1 hour)
  • Use your influence to make things better

If you would like more information please contact: alistair.lauder@ed.ac.uk . To register for this group discussion (places are limited): http://edin.ac/1wfY19v

Teaching and learning in the open

September 9, 2014 in announcements

DSEIt’s exciting seeing the new semester begin to kick off and students starting to get into their new courses. I thought some might be interested to take a look at the ‘Digital Student Experience’ course, which is running for the first time this semester and is one of two courses we run in which content is all open (apart from copyright protected readings). So even if you are not enrolled on this course, you’re more than welcome to take a look, make a post, or give feedback on it. You can access the ‘Digital Student Experience’ here:


And the other open course we run is ‘Digital Education and Digital Cultures’ – you can see the 2010 course and the 2013 course here. It runs again in January so if you like the look of it you’ll be able to sign up then.

Managing Yours Digital Footprint – A New Campaign

August 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

This new awareness-raising campaign is something that we should all – as students and teachers – pay attention to.  The issues that the campaign raises are no more relevant to us in the area of digital education than they are to any other citizens who have some presence in online social media.  The tracks and traces that we all leave behind can be profoundly influential in determining the ways in which we are perceived by others.  Although we – on the Programme –  will clearly have a meta-level interest in this topic, extending beyond the purely pragmatic.

The digital footprint campaign logoThe campaign is being led by Dr Louise Connelly, the Head of Digital Education in the University’s Institute for Academic Development, in collaboration with colleagues from various other parts of the institution, such as the Careers Service, Information Services and the Edinburgh University Students’ Association.  The campaign website already has links to a number of resources that will be of interest and use, and more will be added over time.  We should keep watching this particular space.


A summer round of Teaching Award nominations

August 21, 2014 in announcements

Greetings! I’ve been asked to draw attention to this summer round of teaching award nominations. If you’d like to nominate a Digital Education community, tutor or supervisor who has had a positive impact on you over the summer months, you can do this before 31 August at http://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/teachingawards .
During August EUSA is opening up its teaching awards for nominations to recognise all the staff who teach and support students beyond the end of Semester 2. The Awards recognise staff who are committed to promoting an excellent, vibrant, and varied learning and teaching environment at the University.  The nominations highlight the excellent work of those who teach and support students and supervise dissertations over the summer. EUSA is accepting nominations for this period until 31 August, and will re-open nominations for the new academic year this autumn as usual.
The nomination process has been streamlined so there are now eight different Teaching Award categories. Every individual nominated for a Teaching Award receives a badge to demonstrate students’ recognition of their hard work, and to let students and colleagues see that they have been nominated.

MSc Digital Education “Virtual Open Day” Events

August 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

The  Programme will again be joining with one of the University-wide postgraduate “Open Day” events on Wednesday 27th August 2014.  There will be three informal meetings mediated by the University’s video conference system Collaborate.  My thanks to those students, alumni, and teaching colleagues who have agreed to join in the conversations on the day.

Interested onlookers to this blog from outside the Programme student community should regard this as our invitation to you to join in one of the meetings on the 27th, if you have questions about studying with us.  The meetings are spread across the day – 9am, 3pm, and 9pm BST – in hopes that everyone, from whatever time zone, will be able to find a convenient slot.

In addition, we would ask all of you – students, and our wider community of colleagues and supporters – to help us to publicise the events by Tweeting, or otherwise sharing the URL of the announcements page, along with suitably welcoming and enthusiastic messages.  :-)