An invitation from Dublin Institute of Technology

We have been sent the following invitation from colleagues from the MSc in Applied E-learning at DIT.  They would be very happy for our students to join in their webinars.

Are you thinking of starting doctoral research any time in the future?

image001You are invited to a series of short Monday webinars [45 mins] from academic staff to hear about some new exciting pedagogic doctoral research happening in DIT – the second one is coming up shortly! You can listen to how various academic staff members are getting started on the road to doctoral research and engage in a Q&A about their research and the process.

“Evaluating the effect of a student peer mentoring approach for mature students undertaking computer programming at foundation level”

Presented by:             Nevan Bermingham, Lecturer in Hospitality Management & Tourism, DIT

Date & Time:              Monday 29th February 2016, 1:00-1.45pm

Venue:                        ONLINE at

Registration:              online at or email

About the webinar – This webinar will discuss a new study which investigates if a peer mentoring structure of mature students at Foundation Level has an effect on their understanding of programming threshold concepts compared to traditional class only teaching approaches. Mature students undertaking the coding module on DIT’s Access foundation Programme traditionally have difficulty understanding the computer science material, including threshold concepts in programming. Mature students tend to have lower levels of prior technology familiarity and tend not to have a prior educational background where they would have encountered programming before.

The traditional face-to-face method usually involves a step-by-step approach whereby the teacher demonstrates the task, students observe and then practice. The aim of this doctoral research is to explore if a peer mentoring approach will build student confidence in programming by providing structured peer mentoring supports that can run in tandem with the lab environment and outside the class.

If you have any further enquiries please contact

Edinburgh is Everywhere!

David Sims and Cinzia Gangarosa, students on the game-based learning course, have developed a terrific game which is running over this week. Called ‘Edinburgh is Everywhere!’ it is designed to emphasise the presence of Edinburgh students across the globe, and to get some insights into the places and spaces in which they work.

It’s great fun to play, and easy to upload pictures of your own study location to help build the game.

Play here: it’s quick, easy and a little bit addicitve!

Teacherbot Takes Over ILW


Teacherbot is a Twitterbot developed for the E-learning & Digital Cultures MOOC as a way of automatically replying to student tweets with useful answers and resources. For Innovative Learning Week 2016 you will have the opportunity to develop Teacherbot on the theme of digital research methods. Not only can you contribute your knowledge about research methods in digital environments by writing useful responses to student queries, but you’ll also get to play with the concept of automation and programming for teaching and learning. You can decide what you would want a Teacherbot to do for you and make it happen!

Introductory workshops will be held on campus on Monday 15 February at 1.30pm and online at 3.30pm. These will introduce the world of Twitterbots and show you how to programme Teacherbot for yourself. You will be introduced to computational thinking and a simple “if this then that” logic. You won’t need any technical knowledge to operate Teacherbot, as the interface has been designed to make programming accessible to all. Once you’ve attended the workshop, the opportunity to develop Teacherbot will continue for the whole of Innovative Learning Week … but who knows what Teacherbot is planning for your future!

For the online workshop, book at

Follow Teacherbot itself at

Wikipedia Editathon – 16-18 Feb

wikieditCreating an Open Body of Knowledge  –  An Innovative Learning Week event

How does information get into Wikipedia?  Want to find out?  Join a group of people who are aiming to improve the quality of Wikipedia articles on the History of Medicine. You don’t need to know about the subject to participate – resources and training will be provided.

Unravel myths, discover truths and re-write the Wikipedia pages of Edinburgh’s infamous medical figures including gruesome body-snatcher William Burke and intriguing alumnus/a Dr. James Miranda Barry. Come join us for all the fun and gain digital skills, learn how to edit Wikipedia, explore our history and harness the power of the web for public engagement.

If you’re already a Wikimedian, we’ll send you further information to help you participate in the Editathon.  If you’d like to join in but haven’t done this kind of thing before, we can arrange an online meetup beforehand, point you to Wikipedia’s own resources on writing and editing, and talk you through the plans. I’ll be on hand during the event as a point of contact for distance participants, but we hope you will also be able to see and hear what’s going on as it happens.

So contact me if you’d like to get involved ( We’ll see who’s interested and then liaise with the face-to-face group so that we can join in.

TUESDAY 2pm -5pm; WEDNESDAY 10am-1pm & 2-5pm; THURSDAY 10am-1pm & 2-5pm.ALL WELCOME