UPDATE: Date change: Tuesday 20 November: “deeper than the eye can see” seminar

Update: the date of this online event has been changed to Tuesday 20 November, 7:30pm (UK time):

Natasa Lackovic, University of Nottingham

Deeper than the eye can see: photo elicitation and image-based meaning making

all the details are on the events page. We’d love to see you there! This will be of particular interest for people undertaking their dissertations or getting towards that time, but it’s also highly relevant to all of us as we consider multimodal and visual assignments, and to anyone who wants to think more deeply about the status of the visual and images in our meaning-making practices.

Contact me if you’d like to attend: jen.ross@ed.ac.uk

administrative support for the programme

Our administrative support for the programme has changed, and so I’d like to introduce you to Angie Hunter, our new programme secretary. Angie has already been a wonderful addition to the team, and will be very happy to help you with questions you may have or administrative issues that arise. You can contact her at the generic email address – mscelearning@ed.ac.uk – or using her direct email – angela.hunter@ed.ac.uk. Once she’s set up in the Hub, maybe she’ll make a post and tell us a little about herself!

We’ve thanked Gemma for her help on behalf of the team and programme participants – she’ll still be based in the School, but supporting another programme.

The support contact information has changed on the web site and on the Hub contacts page (and will soon be updated in the handbook). It will take a few weeks for the handover to be complete and all our systems to be up and running at full capacity, so please do let me or Angie know if you think something has been overlooked.

hub & blog issues today

Just to let you know that we are aware that there have been intermittent issues with access to the blog and Hub today – apologies for this. Information Services is on the case, but haven’t identified the cause yet (it’s affecting a whole server), so access may continue to be patchy.

I’d suggest that if you are blogging this evening or tomorrow, you copy and paste your text somewhere (a text file or similar) before pressing ‘publish’ – just in case!

Sorry for the hassle – hopefully this will be resolved very soon.

Congratulations, and an invitation to virtual graduation on 29 November, 11am

The team wanted to take a moment to say a huge congratulations to all those who have successfully achieved an award from the programme this year. There are 28 people in total who will be awarded Certificates, Diplomas or MScs in November 2012, and we couldn’t be more delighted for all of you. We know the challenges and triumphs that many of you have encountered along the way, and you should all be extremely proud of yourselves for what you’ve achieved.

We’d like to invite everyone – current students, graduates, alumni, families and friends – to join us for our annual Virtual Graduation ceremony in Second Life. The event will be held on Thursday 29 November at 11am. Some of the graduates will be there to graduate virtually, and we will also watch the live ceremony streamed from McEwan Hall in Edinburgh and cheer on those who are attending the face-to-face ceremony.

It’s always a wonderful event, as you can see from the past years’ photos and information . It would be great to have you with us, so please do put it in your diaries! More details to follow in the next couple of weeks.

Call for assistance – Collaborate and MyEd integration

Collaborate is the new virtual classroom service offered by Information Services, University of Edinburgh. It is currently integrated with various University VLEs: Moodle, Learn and EEMeC. In early November, we are implementing a Collaborate Integration in to MyEd which will be available to both students and staff. We hope this integration will be especially useful to students collaborating at a distance. A student will be able to create a Collaborate session/room without intervention. More details on Collaborate at: www.ed.ac.uk/is/collaborate

We need assistance with the User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for this Collaborate Integration with MyEd on Tuesday 16th October (sorry for short notice). All test logins and test scripts will be provided at the time and you can run the testing from your office desk/home. We would need about a 1.5 hour testing time from you on Tuesday 16th October. This is a great way to feedback on the design and usability of the integration but to also get a look at the integration early.

We will need all completed testing scripts, with feedback, by Wednesday 17th October 9am (UK time). All scripts and details will be provided to you.

Could you please email Fiona Littleton (fiona.littleton@ed.ac.uk) if you have time to assist with testing? Can you also confirm whether you are a PC or Mac user and which browser you would prefer to test on? Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you – Fiona