I wanted to briefly post to thank Louise Connelly, Amy Woodgate and Jin Darling for their excellent contributions to last week’s Innovative Learning Week in the University.
On Monday, Louise, Amy and Jin led a session in Second Life called ‘Exploring Second Life: from botanic gardens, to Buddhist temples, and university campuses’. An enthusiastic group of participants travelled the metaverse together to get a sense of the possibilities of virtual worlds for teaching and learning.
Then, on Wednesday, Louise (supported by Clara, with input from Hamish and a few of the IDGBL students) introduced a group of on-campus attendees to the wonders of World of Warcraft – one of the participants posted this excellent recap of the event.
These events, designed and led by programme participants, are a great example of the sorts of contributions to the life of the University that Digital Education participants make. We welcome ideas for sessions for next year’s Innovative Learning Week!
Many of you will have seen that the student union are now requesting nominations for the annual teaching awards. It means a lot to members of the programme team to get your individual nominations, and we’ve had nominations for the programme as a whole every year since the scheme began. So if you’re enjoying your studies with us, please consider making a nomination! You can nominate in the following categories for this programme:
The teaching awards nomination page is here – please help support the programme by giving us your good word!
The following two events may be of interest to students on the MSc Digital Education. Details are below.
Exploring Second Life: from botanic gardens, to Buddhist temples, and university campuses
Mon 17 Feb (14:00-15:00)
Second Life is an online virtual world which is used by education, companies and individuals. The variety of places to visit can sometimes be overwhelming – so whether you are new to Second Life or an avid user, join us for an hour to explore and consider the possibilities for using online worlds.
Instructions: Attendees will need to prepare in advance by creating a free Second Life account and downloading software – full instructions to be given by email.
Booking Link: https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=9264
World of Warcraft: exploring online environments (with a buddy)
Tues 18 Feb (15.30-17.30)
World of Warcraft (WoW) is an online virtual world that can be explored through play. Whether a complete novice or not, this event will provide an opportunity to ‘buddy up’ and experience what it’s like to play WoW. Learn from others and have an exciting online experience!
Skype will also be used.
Both on-campus and online distance students can play.
**Please note that it can take a considerable amount of time to download WoW and this will need to be done prior to the event. Details will be provided via email**
Booking link: https://www.events.ed.ac.uk/index.cfm?event=book&scheduleID=9266