Whose Knowledge Counts? Rethinking Justice in Knowledge Production

January 22, 2015 in events

For Innovative Learning Week 2015, the Global Justice Academy, the MSc Social Justice and Community Action and the MSc Digital Education have organised a student competition to imagine and represent the politics of knowledge production and the struggle of who gets recognised as a knowledgeable and knowing agent.

logo‘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.

Further details and signupcan be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whose-knowledge-counts-rethinking-justice-in-knowledge-production-tickets-15270327962

Tell us what you think!

January 13, 2015 in announcements

For all PGT – Online Distancpeoplee Learners – School of Education

Tell us what you really think (online discussion/focus group).

  • 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

This session will take place via blackboard collaborate (virtual classroom).Booking is required in order to receive the workshop link and further information about how to join the session.

If you would like more information please contact: alistair.lauder@ed.ac.uk

Welcome to a new semester!

January 12, 2015 in announcements

Hello everyone, and on behalf of the whole team, welcome to a new semester of the Digital Education programme! A special welcome to those who are returning to study after a break, and those who are newly joining the programme this month.

Today is the start of orientation week (week 0) – week 1 begins next Monday, 19 January*. This week is an opportunity to familiarise yourself with your course content and structure, and begin to get to know your tutors and fellow participants.

*Please note that, for the Education and Digital Cultures course, Week 1 begins today. See http://edc15.education.ed.ac.uk for more information.

We hope you’ll find the coming weeks inspiring and thought-provoking, and that you won’t hesitate to be in touch with your course tutors, personal tutors, or me or Angie if there’s anything you need to discuss. Have a great semester!


Doorway and Vine, James McNeill Whistler, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/edan/object.cfm?q=fsg_F1887.2


Have you had a good semester? Make a teaching award nomination!

December 15, 2014 in Uncategorized

EUSA apples

The Edinburgh University Student Association teaching awards scheme is now taking nominations for this year – you can nominate for:

So if you’re enjoying the programme and think we’re doing a good job, please consider nominating us – it means a lot! There’s more info on the EUSA site here.

IDGBL past and present World of Warcraft Christmas battleground: Monday 15 December, 8pm

December 11, 2014 in Uncategorized

Current IDGBLers on the battlefieldHello everyone

This is a random and rather last-minute idea some of us in the games-based learning course had… we’re going to have a programme-wide, past and present IDGBL event in World of Warcraft.

On Monday 15 December at 8pm (UK time) we’re going to team up, get on Skype and tackle a battleground together.  We’ll be on our Alliance characters on the Thunderhorn realm, EU.  So if you want to come help take down the Horde, or, more likely, die lots of times and have a laugh then:

  1. Email me (clara.oshea@ed.ac.uk) and let me know your WoW name and Skype contact (I’m clara_oshea)
  2. Make sure you’ve updated your WoW software (there’s been an expansion this year, so there maybe lots of patches to download)
  3. Double check your computer can still run Skype and WoW
  4. Have your character at level 20 (or up to level 29 and capped if you have a full account).  The pvp battlefields are clumped in groups of ten levels, e.g. 10-19, 20-29 etc).
  5. Bring your headset!

I don’t know if we have any WoW players on the programme that haven’t done IDGBL, but if we do, please come along! The more, the merrier!

If you haven’t played for a while, or never done pvp, don’t fret – we’ll have a nice chat about what’s going to happen before we jump into the action. And it really is for the laughs and not the glory :)