21 February – Special MSc E-learning Seminar Event in Second Life

Come one and all to hear three of our MSc E-learning graduates talk about their work and research since completing the programme. All students, alumni, tutors, friends and colleagues are invited to Holyrood Park Point (previously known as Festival Island) in Second Life for what promises to be a really exciting seminar and discussion event. The topics being discussed include smartphone course design, student engagement with blogs and e-portfolios, and the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement.

When: Tuesday 21 February, 7:30-9pm UK time

Where: Holyrood Park Point in Second Life, http://slurl.com/secondlife/Vue%20South/191/58/24

Full details and speaker info is on the events page. Please let anyone you think would be interested in this know about it – all are welcome.

organise your pdfs

The best system I’ve found for keeping track of all those research papers is http://www.mendeley.com/

It has a website where you can store all your pfds and organise them, and also a desktop program which can automatically find files you’ve downloaded and import them.

The best feature is the bibliographic export function that exports the information in several different formats (APA etc) so it’s easy to add to your reports.

Critical design and effective tools for e-learning in higher education … By Roisin Donnelly, Jen Harvey, Kevin O’Rourke

Hi Everyone

I’m looking for a copy of this book,

Critical design and effective tools for e-learning in higher education …

By Roisin Donnelly, Jen Harvey, Kevin O’Rourke

Particularly pages 117 and 118, which are in Chapter 7 : Games for Learning and Learning Trasnfer (the rest of the chapter is available on google books).

Does anyone own a copy?



Games Britannia

If anyone on the course lives around the Rotherham/Sheffield area and is interested in games and STEM subjects, I am helping to organise a week long festival for school pupils which runs from 2-6 July at Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham.

We had a press event recently at which Andy Payne, OBE launched the event and spoke about the importance of involving young people in STEM subjects and the games industry. We also launched a competition for school pupils to design a game, game character and music (my husband and I wrote the teacher’s pack!)


Some of the press coverage here
The Guardian

The Independent

If you are interested in coming or contributing, let me know and I’ll give you some details about the workshops, speakers etc.