Dissertation Festival, 25 – 31 May 2015


Come one, come all to the MScDE’s Dissertation Festival!

The Dissertation Festival is being held in our programme wiki space at http://holyroodpark.pbworks.com/w/page/94776941/Dissertation_Festival_2015 and in Second Life.

The Festival is a chance for students on the programme to share their thoughts on their dissertation in the lead up to their submission date.  It’s also an opportunity to hear tales from alumni, tips from tutors and ideas from peers on how to survive and thrive through the dissertation process.

The Festival is a place for sharing ideas, issues and inspirations with each other.

All programme participants and alumni are very, very welcome!

View and feedback on student work

If you can’t make it to the synchronous sessions, you can still view students’ presentations and leave comments through the wiki (from Monday 25 May, those spaces are still under construction just now!). Feedback is greatly welcomed and will help folks refine their ideas as they grapple with the challenge of writing up their research.

Synchronous events

We have a lot of cool events this Festival, starting with three tutor and alumni events:

  • dissertation presentations 20110811_001Monday 25 May, 2pm-3pm (BST)
    • Academic Writing (with our tutors Christine Sinclair and Sian Bayne and our alumni Anna Wood)
  • Wednesday 27 May 8pm-9pm (BST)
    • Surviving and thriving through the dissertation process 2 (with our tutors Pete Evans, Jen Ross and Phil Sheail, and our alumni Sharon Boyd and Jim Gritton)
  • Thursday 28 May 4pm-5pm (BST)
    • Literature Hunting with our Intrepid Librarian Marshall Dozier

We also have four sessions chock full of students’ fascinating work on topics ranging from identity formation, collaborative authoring, art experiences, ideas of community and promoting reflection on learning.

  • Monday 25 May 4pm-5pm (BST)
    • John Gelinas – The COLES Study – Comparison Of Learning Environments in Simulation
    • Stephen Bezzina – Transforming Assessment through Games
  • Tuesday 26 May 8pm-9.30pm (BST)
    • Stephen Kilbride – Categories of Difference, Social Interaction and Identity in online games: Considerations for using games in Online Learning
    • Janet Benson – A Feasibility Research Study on the use of Game Based Learning in a Pharmaceutical Industry Workplace
    • Susan Driver – Digital Scholarship: a synchronised or dysfunctional digital toolbox?
  • Thursday_010Thursday 28 May, 8pm-9.30pm (BST)
    • Ania Rolinska – Multimodality – Destruction or Deconstruction of Academic Ethos? Students’ Perspective
    • Nikki Bourke – An exploration of how design inspired reflections of teaching and learning may illuminate the digital education experience, as situated from within a post-humanist theoretical framework
    • Lizzy Okey-Wali – Is Formal Team Mentoring Programme on an Organisational Blog and Discussion Forum Effective?

Programme members and alumni can find out more information, participate asynchronously and sign up for these events at http://holyroodpark.pbworks.com/w/page/94776941/Dissertation_Festival_2015

Visitors to the programme can’t access our wiki space, but are welcome to come along to the presentations in Second Life at  http://slurl.com/secondlife/Vue%20South/191/58/24

Please remember to check you can access Second Life for the synchronous events (a how-to is at http://holyroodpark.pbworks.com/w/page/95858291/Second_Life )

See you at the Festival!


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