Alumni Seminar Event review

Wednesday’s Alumni Seminar Event in Second Life was a wonderful success, with two brilliant talks from Michael Gallagher and Nicola Osborne, attended by a delightful mix of students, alumni, programme team and friends. Some photographs of the event are here – thanks to Clara and Austin for taking and sharing these.

Michael’s talk and slides are available at The title of his talk was Mobile Material Texts: Composition in the Humanities and Legitimate Peripheral Participation.

Nicola’s slides from her talk, “The course of online events never did run smooth”: lessons learned running the Will’s World Online Hack, are available at

Many thanks to all who attended, to Marshall Dozier and Fiona Littleton for their work in setting up the space and making it so welcoming, and most of all to the “awesomesauce” Michael and Nicola.

Alumni Seminar Event, 20 February 2013

Happy Innovative Learning Week!

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the University of Edinburgh’s second annual Innovative Learning Week! There are a few things going on this week that you might want to get involved with, in addition to your regularly scheduled course-related innovation. 🙂 MSc in E-learning courses are running this week as usual – and it’s week 6, for those who might be losing track!

1. Alumni seminar event – Wednesday 20 February, 7:30pm, Second Life. All are invited – please come and join us! More info on the events page.

2. Remixing the manifesto for teaching online. Experiment, explore and work with the manifesto text. Rory is leading two Second Life workshops this week for those new to remixing – all the details are in the manifesto remix wiki. Share your creations in Twitter using the #manifestoto hashtag.

3. Live tweet during the Bruno Latour Gifford Lectures – using the hashtag #blgiff.

Know of any other great things people should get involved in this week? Let us know in the comments and we will add to this post.

Remixing the Manifesto for Teaching Online

Next week is the University of Edinburgh’s Innovative Learning Week, 18-22 February 2013, and as part of it we thought we’d try remixing the Manifesto for Teaching Online and sharing the results. If you enjoy playing with words, pictures, videos, screencasts, web pages, and any other digital object that lends itself to mashing up or remixing, why not grab a line or an idea from the manifesto and join in? Use your own words and images, or sample some Creative Commons or public domain sources and some Web 2.0 tools. Check the manifestoto2013 wiki on the 18th for more ideas and inspiration.

Throughout the week you can tweet remixes to #manifestoto and post them to the wiki, and visit Second Life for two drop-in workshops with virtual host Algernon Twang to talk about and experiment with remix ideas:

Beach tent at Holyrood Park, 12:00-14:00 UK time, Tuesday 19 February 2013

Beach tent at Holyrood Park, 12:00-14:00 UK time, Thursday 21 February 2013

Remember, online can be the privileged mode!

The University of Edinburgh Gifford Lectures – Prof Bruno Latour

We have just gathered that the University of Edinburgh Gifford Lecture series, to be given this year by Prof Bruno Latour, will be streamed live on the web.
This would seem like an excellent opportunity for those participating on the MSc in Digital Education to join directly in something at Edinburgh.  We have thought that there may be two aspects to this.  First of all, there would be the streamed lectures themselves. The lectures will be at the end of the afternoon (5.30 – 6.30pm UK time [Time Zone Calculator]) between 18th & 28th February; specifically Monday, Tuesday and Thursday week beginning Monday 18th February, and Monday, Tuesday & Thursday week beginning Monday 25th February.  They will almost certainly provide us with things to talk about in our various forums and blogs.  In addition, some might like to Tweet live about the lectures.  We suggest that the tag #blgiff be used by anyone wanting to participate.

please complete the “Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey”

We’ve been asked to ask current students to complete this year’s Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey. You will have received an email about this**, and you can log into MyEd to get access to the survey. Each completed entry results in a £1 donation to a EUSA society or charity, and entry into a prize draw to win an iPad – need we say more? It should also help the School and University understand what works, and what doesn’t, for online distance students, so if you could take a few minutes to fill it out, we would be grateful.

**if you haven’t seen the email, you need to check that you are getting access to your student email – the system changed on 14 January 2013, and any auto-forwards you may have had set up will need to be created again. See this Hub post for details. It’s crucial that you are receiving your student email, since important messages from the programme and the University are sent there.