Your experience of distance learning

Tiberiu AnaOne of my dissertation students from another programme – Elizabeth Welsh – is exploring the experiences of online students. She is particularly interested in the experiences of dyslexic students but would like to hear from all online students.  We know we have several dyslexic students on our programme; I think Elizabeth’s work might give us important information.  I have added her message to you below.

Image: Dyslexia CC Tiberiu Ana on flickr


Dear Students,

I’m a student on the M.Ed Additional Support for Learning (Specific Learning Difficulties) programme at the University of Edinburgh. I’m looking for students, dyslexic and non-dyslexic, willing to take a short survey about their experience of distance learning. It should take about 10 minutes. Can you help?

Here is the link. The password is ‘learner’:

Many thanks,


Virtual Graduation 27 Nov 2015 – come one, come all!

Come join the celebrations!

We will have graduations for the School of Education, including our fab Digital Education students, on 27 November at 3pm.

As in previous years, we will be having a integrated virtual ceremony in Second Life. Please come join us to celebrate our graduates’ achievements, catch up with old friends, and have some fun!

Our virtual graduates will have their names called out in the Usher Hall along with images of our Second Life ceremony. The audience gathered in Edinburgh will applaud our virtual graduates along with those graduating in person, so it’s a very special integrated celebration.

We would be really grateful if you could put Friday 27 November at 3pm UK time in your diaries, and come along to the Virtual University of Edinburgh campus graduation space at Venue at Vue to support the programme and be part of this wonderful celebration. All are welcome – current and prospective students, alumni, and friends of the programme.

Please try to arrive a bit early, and it’s worth checking, well in advance, that you can access SL smoothly. See the technologies handbook here and here is some guidance for viewing media (we’ll be watching the live stream from Usher Hall) . There’s a recorded video about artificial intelligence project available on the screen at at Venue at Vue so that you can test your media settings 🙂

Here’s a video of last year’s ceremony, courtesy of Austin Tate (thanks, Austin!)

There will be bubbly, there will be fireworks, there will be much to celebrate!

Share snapshots and stories for our 10 year MScDE celebrations!

As you will know, on the 26th of November we will mark the ten-year anniversary of the MSc programme with a party at the Storytelling Centre in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town. We want this to be a really enjoyable and fitting evening of celebration for everybody involved. With this in mind, we invite you to participate in two activities that will take place around the anniversary party.

Snapshots of your Digital Education spaces

Over the course of the week leading up to the party (from 19-26 November) we would like you to photograph any or all of the different places from where you connect with the Digital Education programme. The choice of language here is intentionally open to your own interpretation. We would like you to share these ‘snapshots’ in Twitter using the #mscdespace hashtag, with or without accompanying text as you wish. We’ve already got the ball rolling as you can see:

All the gathered images will feature in an evolving display during the Digital Education party, offering what we think might be fascinating (and lasting) insights into the different learning spaces that make up the Digital Education programme.

Digital Education stories in 140 characters or less

During the party itself we want to facilitate some interaction between those in the Storytelling Centre, and those present elsewhere. Between 6pm and 8pm (UK time) we will invite the sharing of ‘Digital education stories’ using the Twitter hashtag #mscdestory. Once again, we will leave it up to you to bring your own interpretation to bear on what a ‘Digital Education story’ might be. In order to encourage dialogue and interaction, the messages will be projected live during the party. While we are aiming for this to be a synchronous activity, if you are unable to participate at that time on the 26th of November then please do share your stories in advance using the same #mscdestory hashtag. In fact, some stories have already been submitted

Thanks for taking time to consider this request – join us in celebrating ten years of our MSc in Digital Education programme!

Star in our MScDE SecondLife music video!


As part of our upcoming MScDE 10 year anniversary party, we’re producing a music video in SecondLife to accompany our live DJ set on the night (26th November 6pm-8pm – more to follow on the party itself!).

We’d like to invite all MScDE SecondLifers, whether you’re new to the programme or an old hand with your avatar. Simply come to the café in Holyroodpark at any of the following times and boogie with the best of us. We’re purposely aligning these sessions with IDEL week 7, so it’s a perfect opportunity to explore another side of your avatar! Music will be provided by MScDE student (and DJ) Stephen Bezzina.

A range of fabulous dance moves will be supplied, so all you need to do is turn up and ‘throw shapes’ to our dedicated Elernenmuzik programme soundtrack. Elektronisches Lernen Muzik is a project that grew out the MScDE a number of years ago.

We’ll have a number of cameras recording your twirls, bops, and rhumbas, and the footage will be used to produce a video intended to celebrate Holyrood Park. Check out a preview here. Our SecondLife space has been such an important part of the programme over the years, so do come and party like it’s … well, 1999.

Wed 4 Nov at 8pm UK time
Thu 12 Nov at 8:30pm UK time

Link to Holyrood Park here