Calling E-L Alumni

The programme team is planning an “alumni seminar” event for 21 February, 19:30-21:00 UK time. All students, teachers, alumni and friends are invited, of course (details to follow here on the Hub). The plan is to hold the event in Second Life, with speakers presenting using voice and powerpoint slides. It’ll be much like a conference presentation, with an opportunity for questions and discussion after each talk.

We have two great talks lined up – both from recent graduates of the programme – and are looking for a third presenter. So, if you’ve graduated from the programme (with any award) and have something you’d like to talk about for 20 minutes that you think would interest the group – an e-learning development you’ve been working on, a research paper you’ve recently given or are planning, or an idea you’d like to share – please email me this week – .

There’s just one speaking slot available for this event, but if interest is high we may schedule another one for later in the year.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


New Group for Science Educators

Hi Everyone

I’ve created a new group for anyone involved with , or just interested in science education and technology.

Inspired by the discovery that three of us in the Games Based Learning course are Physicists – but ofcourse open to anyone from any science based discipline.  I know at least one tutor would claim that includes psychology 🙂

Calling all Language Teachers


Are you a language teacher using technology in your classes, or wanting to? Come and join the language acquisition and technology group in the Hub. The focus is on second language learning and technology, so please join and talk about your ideas and experiences.

If you are a second language learner/speaker (not necessarily a teacher) then you are also welcome to come and join the discussion with your insights into your learning experience.



Call for help!

The University of Edinburgh is currently in the midst of a procurement process for a “Virtual Classroom Application”. As part of this process we would value some feedback on the product(s) from students/alumni. Many MScEL colleagues are involved in the procurement. Tomorrow, Tuesday 10th January, we will be testing one of the tendered products online and we would really appreciate an hour of your valuable time. Apologies for short notice.

We will run two sessions online within the system:
Tuesday 10th January 4pm – 5pm (GMT)
Tuesday 10th January 7.30pm-8.30pm (GMT)

We will provide a “testing script” to assist you with the testing and a link to a survey for gathering feedback after. The system uses Java and doesn’t take too long to set up (as long as you have access rights to the Java install required) – and you enter the virtual testing room via a URL. It would be ideal, but not obligatory, if you have a webcam, microphone and ear phones.

If you have time and can assist us then please RSVP directly to for the set up details, log in details and the testing “script” to assist you.

Thank you in advance,