IDEL tweeting gets results

August 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

About 18 months ago I was participating in the Twitter exercise which is in week 3 of IDEL. I was somewhat reticient about this activity but whilst immersed in tweets I noticed a new follower and on further investigation learned that the online platform following me was exactly what I had been looking for to host our programmes.  Our journey with Noddlepod has recently been featured in ‘The Advisor’ and this provided an opportunity to cite the huge impact that #mscde is having on my learning and on my business.  Thanks to everyone in this learning community.


What makes online learning successful?

July 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

256px-Student_Success_Office_02What have been your experiences of online learning and have they matched your expectations?  JISC are wanting to know – they’d love to hear from Edinburgh students and alumni.  This review is happening from 4 to 10 July.

To find out more, go to

There’s a Twitter feed too at #OLsuccess and a discussion forum at

Image: By Sampsonchen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Graduate Conference on Digital Dis-Orders

May 27, 2016 in Uncategorized

In case of interest…

Digital <Dis>Orders

7th Annual Graduate Conference, 17-19.11.2016, Frankfurt

Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders”

Goethe University Frankfurt

Internet-TBD, HfG Offenbach

In the popular and academic discourses, computers and their networks seem to be in a state of perpetual novelty and chaos. This is evident in the proliferation of buzzwords and new technologies that are constantly about to overthrow existing orders. Discourses about Big Data, social media, cloud computing or the Internet of things present digitalization as a social revolution without end.

For more information, see:

The purpose of this conference is to reflect on our arrival in digital normality and to better understand the dynamics of digital order and disorder. These would include such topics as the types and characteristics of communication in a digital society, the political economy of media and artistic production, the foundational legal principles and convictions of data and Internet regulation as well as their enforcement, the diffusion of responsibility in algorithmically controlled processes, the topoi of threats and legitimate countermeasures in a cyber-security culture, the social practices and subjectivities produced and assumed in a world of ubiquitous connections and computers, the desiderata and dangers of various models of technological innovation, and the identity groups and cultural forms that have established themselves through digital and networked media.

The deadline for submissions is 30 June 2016. Please send submissions (up to 300 words, three keywords, and a short author bio) and questions to

The conference is jointly organized by the Cluster of Excellence “Normative Orders” at Goethe University Frankfurt and the group Internet TBD at HfG Offenbach.

Dissertation Festival

May 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

Monday 30 May from 14.00-15.30 UK time

Tuesday 31 May from 13.00-14.00 UK time

Presentations from dissertation students and tutors.

If you can spare some time to be part of the audience and join in the discussions, it would be great to see you there. Even if you are nowhere near the dissertation stage, it will give you some insights and there are some fascinating topics.  It will be hosted in Collaborate and PB Wiki.

For further information see the Wiki site

256px-Cherry_Blossom_(2942368143)Presenters have been asked to summarise their work in a Haiku.  Here’s a Haiku from me: a short tribute to Marshall who has organised it all, even though we thought it might not happen.  Image cc Ludovic Bertron, via Wikimedia Commons

Blossoming students,
Dissertation Festival…
Marshall makes it work.

Siân – our supervisory superhero

April 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

Sian's CertificateWe get quite a lot of nominations for teaching awards (and thanks to everyone who has done this) but this year we’ve surpassed ourselves and actually won one!  Siân Bayne is overall winner for the Best Supervisor award.

The Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) invited Sian and students who nominated her to an awards ceremony on 20 April 2016.  She was presented with this fantastic certificate which is displayed on her office wall, adding to the many badges she’s also received from earlier nominations.  To find out more, see

Well done, Siân – we’re all really proud of you.