Call for Assistance: UAT Collaborate v12, MyEd and i-Devices

As you may already know, Collaborate is the new virtual classroom service offered by Information Services.

More details on Collaborate at: . This service has been live since summer (via Moodle and Learn) and early November (via MyEd). We are striving to provide an up-to-date service.

Currently the University is running version 11. However version 12 was recently released which provides all the functionality of version 11 plus the ability for users to access a Collaborate session (as a participant) on an Apple Mobile device (iPhone 4+ and all versions of the iPad).

IS colleagues are currently carrying out testing however we now need assistance from students with the User Acceptance Testing (UAT) for Collaborate and MyEd.

We require users who will have access to an iPad (any version) and/or iPhone (version 4 +) for UAT. The testing process should take no longer than 1.5 hours and is scheduled for Wednesday 12th December. Test credentials and a test script will be provided (via email on the 12th). We will need all completed testing scripts, with feedback, by Thursday 13th December 1pm.

Could you please email Myles Blaney (  if you have time to assist with testing? Can you also confirm whether you will be using an iPhone and/or iPad and which device generation you will be using? Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in advance,  Fiona Littleton

Reminder about three things!

Just a quick reminder about three things worth knowing about:

1. “Deeper than the eye can see” visual research event – you’re still welcome to join in tomorrow  – all the details are on the events page – let me know if you’d like to come and I will send you the link to Natasa’s video presentation and all the info you need for tomorrow!

2. Virtual graduation – is going to be absolutely awesome! Next Thursday (29 November), 11am (UK time). If you’re free, come and support our brilliant crop of graduates!

3. Course enrolment – if you haven’t yet enrolled for your January course (or let us know what you are doing, if not enrolling), please could you? The enrolment form link is at (and on the sidebar of the Hub). Along with what’s available on the programme web site about all the courses, there is also a little more information about E-learning and Digital Cultures in Sian’s recent Hub post.

Thanks, everyone!

Need participants for my dissertation survey

Hi Everyone,
I am starting my MSc Dissertation – Learning on the Move. I am looking at what resources students on this course have available to them for their learning activities (at home, at work and in their local area) and what, if any, learning they tend to do ‘on the move’ (while in transit on trains/buses or ‘between’ spaces such as cafes, train stations, pubs and other public places). I need your help in taking part in my survey – whether you have just started on this course or are in the dissertation phase yourself.
I am using John Urry’s ( 2007) concepts of ‘network capital’ and ‘interspaces’ as well as Kaufmann et al.’s (2004) concept of ‘motility’ to explore how students learn as they move between formal and informal learning spaces. This first phase is to get an overview of how students organize their everyday life to incorporate the learning activities required for their e-learning course.  This involves questions of the location(s) they use to study or reflect on learning (in the home, at work, libraries, cafes, in transit on trains, cars etc); the tools they use to support their learning (such as books, notebooks, laptop, smartphone etc.); and what resources they use (including tutors, virtual resources, friends, fellow students, other networks etc.).  I am particularly interested in how much learning activity (if any) occurs ‘on the move’ – as you weave thinking time for learning between family and work.
The second phase of the study will explore these issues in more depth using an ethnographic approach with a small group of students in London (where I live).  At the end of this survey, London students will be asked if they are willing to take part in this second phase.
All responses will be confidential and anonymised. If you have any questions, you can email me: Silvana di Gregorio at
The link to the survey with the consent form is: It takes about 15 minutes to complete.
Thank you very much.

Kaufmann, Vincent, Bergman, Manfred Max and Joye, Dominique (2004) Motility: Mobility as Capital, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, vol 28.4, December, pp; 745-756
Urry, John (2007) Mobilities, Polity Press: Cambridge.

Help us run our MOOC, while you study!

You may have seen the article in this week’s Observer, which talks about MOOCs and mentions the Edinburgh courses running through Coursera. You may also have seen that the MSc in E-learning team are teaching a MOOC on ‘E-learning and digital cultures’ at the end of next January.

We’ve had a couple of queries about how the MOOC is different from the full ‘E-learning and digital cultures’ (EDC) course, which you currently have the option of signing up for. Here’s how!

1. The MOOC version is at first year undergraduate level

2. It doesn’t carry any credit

3. It covers similar themes to the first weeks of the full course, though in less depth

4. It has peer assessment, not tutor-marked assessment

5. It’s only 5 weeks long

6. It’s…massive (currently around 25,000 people signed up)

One of the things we’d like to do with the EDC MOOC is to explore ways of linking MOOCs with more ‘mainstream’ distance courses. So students signing up for the full EDC course will have the opportunity to help us run the MOOC during the first few weeks of semester. We thought our students would relish the opportunity to be involved with MOOCs as teachers: the intention is to give those on the full course the chance to engage in the MOOC as teaching assistants in a structured and time-limited way, for one or two weeks of their time on the course.

This is a chance to experience from the inside what ‘massive’ might mean for education and for digital culture, and to experiment a bit with your own MOOC teaching. There probably won’t be another chance to do this coming up soon, so anyone who is interested in MOOCs might well want to consider signing up for the full course for next January.

If you’re not  especially interested in MOOCs don’t worry – EDC will still be primarily focused on exploring all that’s most interesting for education in current movements in digital culture. This is the programme’s only ‘open’ course, and one which gets exceptional feedback from students (One student reported, “I can honestly say this is the most fun I’ve ever had on a course. Ever. I’m simply loving every minute of it.”) : )

Take a look at the 2010 run of the course, to get a sense of what it’s about. If you want to know more, contact me (

Manifesto for Teaching Online: Invitation to an event in Second Life

Manifesto - image of an interpretation by Sheila Webber

You are cordially invited to this event in Second Life (SL), where Clara O’Shea will lead a presentation on the Manifesto along with fellow authors Jen Ross, Sian Bayne and Hamish Macleod.

The event is hosted by Sheila Webber (Sheila Yoshikawa in SL), at Sheffield University’s Second Life island, Infolit iSchool.

It will be a fascinating meeting! ALL WELCOME!

The Manifesto for Teaching Online  has attracted a lot of interest and debate – do come join the discussion!
Do visit the Manifesto website at
Sheila Webber will also open a ‘remix’ exhibit of the Manifesto at the event on 13 November.