You are browsing the archive for 2012 May.

Seeking participants for a research study

May 24, 2012 in Uncategorized

We have received a request from a student in Psychology at the University to promote her search for participants to contribute to her research study.  The information follows.
Dear students,

HELLO and welcome to the survey which investigates educational trends in students. The study has been granted an ethical approval. If you are studying towards a degree, diploma or a qualification in Scotland, please feel invited to take part.

To appreciate you time and effort, you will have a chance to take part in a prize draw, in which 10 lucky participants will win a £ 10 voucher of their choice (cinema, theatre or amazon).
The survey should take you no longer than 20 minutes in total. Your participation is much appreciated and you are very welcome to ask for some feedback from the current study, which will be available at a later point this year. You also have a right to withdraw from the study at any point.

More information on the study can be found from the researcher Agnes
Branny at
To access the survey please click on the following link :

Thank you!
Agnes Branny
MSc in Psychology of Individual Differences
The University of Edinburgh

Why do you take photos and what do you do with them?

May 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Hi all. I am hoping for some insights into why people take photos and what they do with them. This is to inform some thinking and writing for my PhD. If you’re happy to help, please leave a comment below with

(a) Why you take photos? (b) What you do with photos you’ve taken?

Alternatively, tweet replies with #blendedmem. Any help greatly appreciated, all welcome to comment. Thanks!


New Geographies of Learning: postcards from our study spaces

May 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

For those of you who don’t already know, the New Geographies of Learning project team within the MSc in E-Learning has set out to explore the nature of place and institution for distance learners. Essentially, we are considering what it means to be a student at Edinburgh who is not in Edinburgh, and what insight this gives us into learning design for high quality distance programmes.  This project has caught the imagination of others in higher education and we have been asked to share our work at a series of upcoming conferences.

We would like to invite you to be a part of this exciting project as it continues to evolve.

Following an earlier request, we have already received some fantastic ‘postcards’ sent from the different spaces from where members of the MSc community engage with the E-Learning course. These first participants submitted an image and soundclip which we have then made into a short video and attached to our interactive class map.

For those of you who haven’t already participated, we would love you to send your own postcard by submitting a few bits of information into our dropbox on the project website. You don’t need to prepare a video – we will put that together using the image and sound you send us. If you have a difficulty submitting a postcard using the dropbox we’ll be happy to receive the same information by e-mail at  

Many thanks to all those that contributed so far and we look forward to seeing the class map evolve as we receive more postcards!

James Lamb and Michael Gallagher (on behalf of the Research Team)