downtime: WebCT (Tuesday 20th), Hub (Monday 28th)

Just some advance notice (you will probably already have seen information about the WebCT outage in your courses, if affected) that there will be some outage of some University sites over the next couple of weeks.

On Tuesday 20 March, WebCT and MyEd will be unavailable between 4pm-midnight (UK time) with a possible further outage between midnight and 6am. The Holyrood Park blogs, the Hub, the wiki space and so on will not be affected.

On Monday 28 March, this site (the Hub) will be unavailable from 9am until at least 3pm, and possibly til 6pm (UK time). This will also affect some other university web sites, but all of our other environments should be fine (including WebCT).

In both cases, Information Services are undertaking essential work on the systems.

Political Research Q&A

With the encouragement of the MSc course team, I would like to draw your attention to a Political Research Q&A I have arranged for next Thursday, 22 March at 8pm (UK time).

Mark Diffley is a Research Director for Ipsos MORI and specialises in political research. He has contributed interviews and articles for the BBC, The Guardian and most recently for The Times (his article from last week on Scottish attitudes towards independence is reproduced here). He delivers lectures and after dinner speeches about his work.

Mark has a keen interest in social media, has views on online research methods and is enthusiastic about discussing these topics with members of the MSc in E-Learning community.

I’m currently finalising arrangements for the session, however it’s most likely it will take place in Skype. If you’d like to participate in the session please e-mail me at

Alternatively if you’re interested but unable to attend the session, please feel free to forward questions which I will put to Mark on your behalf. I’ll share the transcript from the session.

Thanks for reading. I hope this session is of interest.

An Approach – “Instructional Designer – Apps for Children”

This may be of interest to some.  We have been approached with the following advertisement of an opportunity.

Exciting small company in Fulham, London, has a vacancy for an instructional designer to work on educational apps for children (see for an example of our work). You will work in-house as part of a close-knit team. Teaching experience, while not essential, would be an advantage. Please apply to by 23rd March, attaching your CV and a small sample of your work.