Dissertation Festival, 25 – 31 May 2015

May 11, 2015 in Uncategorized


Come one, come all to the MScDE’s Dissertation Festival!

The Dissertation Festival is being held in our programme wiki space at http://holyroodpark.pbworks.com/w/page/94776941/Dissertation_Festival_2015 and in Second Life.

The Festival is a chance for students on the programme to share their thoughts on their dissertation in the lead up to their submission date.  It’s also an opportunity to hear tales from alumni, tips from tutors and ideas from peers on how to survive and thrive through the dissertation process.

The Festival is a place for sharing ideas, issues and inspirations with each other.

All programme participants and alumni are very, very welcome!

View and feedback on student work

If you can’t make it to the synchronous sessions, you can still view students’ presentations and leave comments through the wiki (from Monday 25 May, those spaces are still under construction just now!). Feedback is greatly welcomed and will help folks refine their ideas as they grapple with the challenge of writing up their research.

Synchronous events

We have a lot of cool events this Festival, starting with three tutor and alumni events:

  • dissertation presentations 20110811_001Monday 25 May, 2pm-3pm (BST)
    • Academic Writing (with our tutors Christine Sinclair and Sian Bayne and our alumni Anna Wood)
  • Wednesday 27 May 8pm-9pm (BST)
    • Surviving and thriving through the dissertation process 2 (with our tutors Pete Evans, Jen Ross and Phil Sheail, and our alumni Sharon Boyd and Jim Gritton)
  • Thursday 28 May 4pm-5pm (BST)
    • Literature Hunting with our Intrepid Librarian Marshall Dozier

We also have four sessions chock full of students’ fascinating work on topics ranging from identity formation, collaborative authoring, art experiences, ideas of community and promoting reflection on learning.

  • Monday 25 May 4pm-5pm (BST)
    • John Gelinas – The COLES Study – Comparison Of Learning Environments in Simulation
    • Stephen Bezzina – Transforming Assessment through Games
  • Tuesday 26 May 8pm-9.30pm (BST)
    • Stephen Kilbride – Categories of Difference, Social Interaction and Identity in online games: Considerations for using games in Online Learning
    • Janet Benson – A Feasibility Research Study on the use of Game Based Learning in a Pharmaceutical Industry Workplace
    • Susan Driver – Digital Scholarship: a synchronised or dysfunctional digital toolbox?
  • Thursday_010Thursday 28 May, 8pm-9.30pm (BST)
    • Ania Rolinska – Multimodality – Destruction or Deconstruction of Academic Ethos? Students’ Perspective
    • Nikki Bourke – An exploration of how design inspired reflections of teaching and learning may illuminate the digital education experience, as situated from within a post-humanist theoretical framework
    • Lizzy Okey-Wali – Is Formal Team Mentoring Programme on an Organisational Blog and Discussion Forum Effective?

Find out more and sign up for these events at http://holyroodpark.pbworks.com/w/page/94776941/Dissertation_Festival_2015

Please remember to check you can access Second Life for the synchronous events (a how-to is at http://holyroodpark.pbworks.com/w/page/95858291/Second_Life )

See you at the Festival!


Jisc ‘summer of student innovation’ competition

April 7, 2015 in Uncategorized

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.

Jisc Elevator

Inaugural Lecture, Professor Siân Bayne – livestreaming 4 March

March 2, 2015 in events

Update: Sian’s inaugural lecture is now available to watch on Youtube: Professor Sian Bayne, The Trouble with Digital Education

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!).

Tune in here:


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.

Tell us what you think! Our new Student-Staff Liaison Committee

February 26, 2015 in announcements, events

group-413973_1280The 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.

A Wikipedia Editathon: Women, Science and Scottish history – February 16-19

February 6, 2015 in events

How does information get into Wikipedia?  Who puts it there?  Who edits it?  (And why aren’t there more women?)

When women firswikieditt 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.

For more information, see https://wikimedia.org.uk/wiki/Women,_Science_and_Scottish_History_editathon_series

Follow on Twitter at #ILWeditathon

Marshall Dozier and Christine Sinclair