Online seminar, 22 October: Innovations in (Online) Reflexive Practice: Linking Theory with Technique within the Virtual Learning Environment

October 17, 2014 in events

Date and Time: Wednesday, 22 October 2014. 12.20 for 12.30 start
Duration: 1 hour (1.30 end)

Jo Alexjuk, Lecturer in Dementia, School of Health in Social Science, University of Edinburgh, will discuss her Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme (PTAS) research.

For educationalists, reflexive practice encompasses a series of techniques that enable the practitioner to critically reflect upon their role within the learning process.  Whilst established techniques exist for facilitating reflexive practice within campus-based teaching, the rapid advance of e-learning technologies presents new challenges, as well as opportunities, for educationalists when reflecting on their role within the Virtual Learning Environment.

Drawing on key principles within Threshold Concept Theory as well as analytical techniques adapted from Goodall’s Verbal Exchange framework, this session highlights how readily available data sources, such as online discussion boards and recorded webinars, can help facilitate reflexive practice, identifying the quality of online interactions and their role in shaping students’ learning.

This session will take place via Collaborate, the University virtual classroom system ( MSc Digital Education students are welcome to attend – if you would like to join in, please email to book.

Thinking about PhD?

September 30, 2014 in Uncategorized

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The Digital Education group who bring you this MSc also welcome enquiries from those who are considering continuing on to doctoral-level study. We’ve had many students coming off the MSc progress successfully onto PhDs either here at Edinburgh or elsewhere. If this is something you’re interested in, please just let us know: working with a member of academic staff – whether that’s your dissertation supervisor or someone else – is the best way to approach thinking about further studies.

If you have general queries about doctoral study, please drop me a line ( and I will advise you. You will also find quite useful guidance on the School web pages dedicated to research degrees. Funding is always an issue, so if you want to find out more about scholarships and studentships, take a look at the relevant pages on the School web site, and also at the information on the University pages, which includes a useful scholarship search function.

Managing Your Digital Footprint

September 28, 2014 in events

digital footprintOn 29 September 2014 the ‘managing your digital footprint’ campaign launches. There will be various competitions (win a Kindle, book tokens and more), activities, workshops, resources and advice throughout 2014-2015, which will focus on how to create and manage a positive online presence (digital footprint).

you have found a foot image‘Find a foot’ competition
There are a number of ‘you have found a foot’ posters around campus. There are also a number of ‘you have found a foot’ images on various University web pages, Facebook pages and blogs.

Find at least 5 (all on campus, all online, or both) and enter the competition for an opportunity to win a Kindle*.  This blog includes the image, so only 4 more to find! Further details about eligibility, prizes, and submitting your entry:


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 (, or programme director (

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.

from the Internet Archive Book Images collection

from the Internet Archive Book Images collection

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: . To register for this group discussion (places are limited):

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.