Give an assignment a new look

10-30 June 2013

Did you get a great mark and want to work up your assignment into a publication?  Or perhaps it didn’t go as well as you hoped, and you’d like to tackle the topic again to help with future writing.  Either way, the three-week summer school in June on Academic Writing will give you some tools for looking at your assignments with a fresh eye.   By thinking about how to write about your topic for an academic publication, you’ll investigate the differences and similarities between requirements for your lecturers and journal editors.  The course is entirely online using Moodle, and would involve 5-8 hours a week.

Free for all MSc in E-Learning students!

Open only to current students of the MSc in E-Learning, and limited to 10 places.  Priority will be given to those who haven’t attended previously, but others are still welcome to apply again.

Please note that this is not a credit-bearing course.

For further details, contact Christine Sinclair at

The Summer School is now fully subscribed, but do get in touch if you’re interested and want to be put on a waiting list.  Christine

E-books, e-textbooks, multimedia in education – help!

Hi there

As part of a EU-funded project, I’ve got a group of Polish educators coming at the end of May. The project explores the use of e-textbooks and so we are looking for individuals and organisations in Edinburgh that would be interested in sharing their experience in using e-textbooks, e-books and broadly understood multimedia is the teaching process (preferably in the context of vocational education but not necessarily).

If you think you could help in any way (most probably by giving a presentation – there will be some money for that) or know somebody who could, please send me an email: If you’d like to know more about the project, get in touch too 🙂



Online Distance Students at Edinburgh – input sought

hi all,

The University of Edinburgh is doing quite a lot of work around its central support and systems at the moment, with online distance learning, and students, in mind. Your input is being sought in a couple of ways right now:

1. Careers Support for Online Distance Leaners – survey

The Careers Service is reviewing the support it offers to online distance learners at the University of Edinburgh.  They want to ensure that the service they offer is tailored to the needs of odl students.  They have launched a short survey for current students to find out what you think.  The survey is at:

2. Tell Communications and Marketing what you think about University communications!

Distance learning students: take part in some online discussion groups on 15th & 16th April.

The University’s Communications and Marketing Department is running a series of focus groups on student communications. We are really keen to hear what you think about how the University communicates with you via things like the website, email and social media.  This is a great opportunity to shape the University’s student communications strategy, and to help improve the ODL student experience.


The group will last about 1.5 hours and participants will be reimbursed for their time (with a £20 voucher).

Taking part is very easy and no specialist knowledge is required.  The discussion will be facilitated, all you have to do is tell us how you feel about the communications you receive from the University.


The groups will take place on:

7pm (BST), Monday 15th April

7pm (BST), Tuesday 16th April


The groups will be run online. If you are able to take part – we will send you a link to a Collaborate discussion.

How do I sign up?

To take part we will ask you to complete a short questionnaire detailing your programme of study and your availability.

If you are interested in taking part or have any questions please contact