Event: 12 November, working with images

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We’re very pleased to have Natasa Lackovic, a researcher with a lot of experience of working with images in an education context, joining us for a virtual discussion event on Monday 12 November at 7:30pm (UK time). Natasa will be recording a talk for us to watch in advance, titled “Deeper than the eye can see: photo elicitation and image-based meaning making“. This will be available to participants from 5 November. We will then meet up to discuss the talk and other issues with Natasa, probably in a Collaborate session (which will have video and text chat capability).

All students and alumni are invited! This might be of particular interest to those who are 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.

If you’d like to attend, please email me at jen.ross@ed.ac.uk.

Student email changing – with added bonuses!

Dear all,

You should soon be getting an email about this to your student email address:  from January 2013, the email service for all taught MSc and undergraduate students will move to Office 365. There is some more information at http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/office365

I’m posting here because I wanted to make sure you all know, and also to invite questions/concerns that I could maybe feed back to inform the development of the information website.

All best,


*Online event* – What’s University for?

Monday 8 October 2012
Online Collaborate session (5.30-7.00pm) and Twitter discussions (from now!)

Building on the successful ‘What’s the University For?’ (on-campus) series, this event is an opportunity to discuss hopes for our time as online students at the University of Edinburgh. Through a mix of peer-led online conversations on collaborate and twitter, we will discuss (but not exclusively):

– What do we want from our University?
– What do we want for our University?
– How do we enable these to happen?

This is the first online, University-wide DEI event, so it’ll be great to get as many ODL students involved as possible! 🙂

How to get involved:

Follow the hashtag and join the conversation now – #whatuni4
Join our online room on Monday @ 5.30-7.00pm (BST) – https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?sid=2011426&password=M.29BF44780A663B8C2C86E75CD33F8F
(… or do a bit of both!)

More information about the parallel on-campus event is available online: http://www.facebook.com/events/375770215837290/?ref=ts

Updated handbooks

As is sometimes the case, there have been a few changes that are now reflected in the online versions of our handbooks at


Your 2012/13 printed handbooks are still correct for most things, but the main changes are described below:

1. Programme handbook: updated to reflect the change in the way that distinctions are awarded (now on the basis of averages across the taught courses, plus the dissertation mark). In addition, the Postgraduate Common Marking Scheme bands have been updated to explain the borderline regulations for dissertations (which replaces a statement about minor modifications, which are no longer permitted by the University). Finally, there is an update to the Graduation section, which now notes that the face-to-face and virtual graduations are held once a year, in November (this has been the case for some time but the handbook didn’t reflect this).

2. Technologies Handbook: some changes to the Second Life section to clarify how and when work begins in this environment. A minor update to the Moodle section (a screenshot updated to show the courses list).

In both the programme and technologies handbook, the IS contact information has been updated – library help is now accessed through the main is.helpline@ed.ac.uk address.

3. Dissertation Handbook: has been updated to explain that submission due dates for each Board of Examiners are available in the programme Moodle site. The marks, grades and distinction information has been removed from the dissertation handbook and now refers to the Programme Handbook.

If any questions about any of this please let me know.