A small project

I would like to invite you all – current students, alumni and all programme team members – to participate in a small exercise to map the distribution of participants in the eLearning programme.  This is part of an ongoing interest that Jen Ross and I have in what one might call “the spirit of place” in online distance learning.

I have set up an editable Google Map instance into which I would like people – participants in the programme from all over the world – to enter information about where they are, and about their own, local, familiar environment.  You probably don’t want to geotag your exact home address, for obvious reasons, but perhaps the district in which you live and / or work, the cafés that you frequent, the bus-stop where you begin the homeward commute, and so on.  Some of us have started the ball rolling by adding some links around the School of Education campus in central Edinburgh, to give a feeling of what one might do.

The Map

The map will be publicly viewable, but editing access will be by invitation only.  So can I ask those of you who want to participate – all of you – to email me (H.A.Macleod@ed.ac.uk) with an email address associated with your Google account, and I will send you an invitation.  Once we see how this goes, I will ask Jen to link the map from the Hub main page.

I would be keen to hear from those who know about interactive mapping and who have suggestions about other things that we might do – real-time geotagging from our mobile phones perhaps.  🙂

Please join in.

Semester Starts Here

This is the first day of the first week of the first semester of a new year.  Welcome, and welcome back to everyone on the programme.  I saw a Tweet from Sian saying something about the virtual corridors being busy this morning – a nice way of putting it.  This certainly seems to be the case.  I hope that everyone has their lunch box, remembered their gym kit, and knows where they are supposed to be.  Sorry – I think I was just having a flashback to my worst fears about the start of new terms.  🙂  No such problems here.

There have already been some excellent conversations, and great meetings, and I for one am very much looking forward to the work to come.  I wish you all the very best for the coming year.

It’s orientation week….

If we could give everyone a bottle of ‘Rookie Orientation Sauce’ we’d do it now!

Welcome to (almost) semester start. Everyone can access their WebCT courses from today, and new students in particular are very, very welcome.

Please let us know if you have any worries or questions about semester start – we need to make sure everyone is on the right courses and that no-one is lost or struggling, so please give one of the programme team a shout if you’re having problems.

Here’s to a happy and successful semester!

A glitch when logging in.

update 13 September: the glitch is fixed!

hi everyone! I wanted to describe the main glitch we’re experiencing with the new site at the moment, and explain the workarounds until we can get it fixed.

The glitch is that sometimes when you log in using the ‘login with EASE’ link on the home page, you end up at a blank page. We haven’t yet been able to solve this, but there are 2 workarounds.

1. when you get the blank page, just navigate back to the main page of the site, and you’ll find yourself logged in and ready to go. If you navigate back using the ‘back’ button on your browser you may need to hit the refresh/reload button to see your logged in state.

2. before you log into the site, log in to EASE separately. When you then click the ‘login with EASE’ link on the home page, it will log you in without the blank page.

We will fix the problem as soon as we possibly can – in the meantime, thanks for your patience.



I’m just about to embark on the programme and wondered about purchasing an Amazon Kindle

I’ve asked colleagues at my institution (De Montfort University) about compatability issues with our electronic resources – and the answer that came back was ‘probably better to stick with an iPad‘.

There’s a recent article on e-books at: http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2010/08/31/ebooks

Any views, experiences or advice from the programme team or other students?