date for your diary: 29 November, 3pm – virtual graduation

We warmly invite all students, alumni and friends of the MSc programme to join us at our graduation ceremony in Second Life at 3pm on Friday 29 November 2013.

Those graduating with Certificates, Diplomas and MScs will be invited to participate either in the face-to-face ceremony in McEwan Hall in Edinburgh, or online in Second Life at the same time. It’s wonderful to have many friends and supporters there, to cheer them on and celebrate their achievements. This is our final graduation under the “E-learning” programme title, so it marks a particularly special occasion in the history of the programme.

This video, created by Austin Tate as he simultaneously graduated f2f and in Second Life in 2012, gives a sense of what the virtual graduation experience is like for graduates and attendees. Last year, for the first time, names of our virtual graduates were called out in McEwan Hall – the video captures the magic of that moment. It’s definitely something to experience!

Please put the date in your diary, and join us if you can. All the details about how to join in will be available in a few weeks’ time.


Moodle issues

update, 19 September, from Information Services: “We are pleased to report that the changes made yesterday, although resulting in a short period of outage, have had the desired effect. Moodle was stable all through last night and our monitoring showed the service was working well. No further changes are being made to Moodle at this stage, so we expect the same situation this evening, and we will continue to monitor Moodle.”

We’re unfortunately experiencing some issues with Moodle this week – and Moodle has been unavailable for about an hour this afternoon. It appears to be back up, now, and will hopefully stay that way. Service status reports are available at , if you want to keep an eye on what’s happening.

The downtime today was an unanticipated outcome of the Moodle team here at the University attempting to fix another issue, the slowness of Moodle site access that many people have been experiencing in the evenings between about 7-8:30pm (UK time).

These issues are being looked at as a matter of urgency, and we apologise for the inconvenience this is causing. We’ll provide an update as soon as we can. In the meantime, you should find that you have access as usual to your blog, and Twitter, if you feel the need to vent!

Online careers seminar 20 September: Marketing your Masters

This seminar is offered by the Careers Service at the University of Edinburgh. In addition to online events like this, there are also resources available on the Careers web site, as well as a phone or email advice service for online distance students who feel they would benefit from talking with someone about their professional trajectory and plans.

Marketing Your Masters

If you would like to consider how best to market the skills and experience you are gaining from your distance learning course then sign up for our online workshop, Marketing Your Masters.  It will give you the opportunity to identify and assess the skills and experience you have developed through your distance learning masters course and reflect on what aspects you need to develop to move forward in your career (whether within academia or industry). It will also ensure you understand how you can market this experience most effectively in your CV.

The seminar will be run on Friday 20th September from 13:00 GMT until approximately 14.:15  To access it go to this link in good time for the start of the seminar.

If you can’t make this time then the seminar will be available to view afterwards on Career Connect.