Update on post-graduation gathering

Dear all,

I’m happy to confirm arrangements for the E-learning gathering (proposed in my earlier post below) to coincide with this year’s Graduation Ceremony. Based upon ideas and suggestions, this will take place after graduation concludes, as follows:

5pm on Monday 4 July at 56 North, Edinburgh EH8 9JP.

I have booked a space for 20 people at 56 North (based upon suggestions following my earlier message) although we have the option of increasing this as numbers demand. I haven’t booked food, although this can be done individually once there as desired.

Thank you to everyone who has demonstrated their intention to attend (12 of us so far including students, staff, alumni and others associated with the course). If you’d like to come along it would be great to see you – to reiterate, this is open to anyone with a connection with the E-learning course, not just those who will be graduating. If you would like to come along (and haven’t already been in touch) I would be grateful if you could e-mail me at james.lamb@ed.ac.uk, ideally by Monday 27 June, in case I need to increase numbers.

James (s0900191)

P.S. I appreciate that geography and other factors will prevent many of you attending however I have promised to take a couple of photographs for the benefit of those who would like to be able to put a face to the name/avatar.

A post-graduation get together…in glorious analogue!

To coincide with this year’s summer graduation ceremony on Monday 4 July, Sharon and I would like to propose an informal get together of e-learners, in Edinburgh.

This is open to anyone who is able to make it – graduates, continuing students like Sharon and myself, course staff, alumni, lurkers, digital natives (and immigrants), newbies, posthumans, cyborgs, e-hangers-on, virtual groupies – basically anyone involved in the course who would like to meet up…deep intake of breath…face-to-face!

So, if you’re going to be in or around Edinburgh on 4 July and would like to meet the ‘Class of 2011’ and other e-learners, it would be fantastic to see you. Other than meeting soon after the graduation ceremony, we don’t have any firm plans as yet as it will be shaped by the number of folk planning to come along. It’s reasonable to assume however that it will involve drink (alcoholic or non alcoholic), polite conversation and perhaps food.

If you’re interested e-mail me at james.lamb@ed.ac.uk, and Sharon and I will keep you posted on what’s happening. Or even better, suggest what you’d like us to organise!


P.S. If you live in the beautiful south (of England) be sure to scroll down to read about a meet up in London during June.

What does it mean to be an e-learner?

Hello everyone, I wonder if you might be able to help me?

At the end of 2010 I joined a working group at Edinburgh University that has set itself the objective of exploring the experience of distance learners within this institution. I suggested that the E-Learning programme might be a good place to collect experiences and ideas of what it means to be an online distance learner.

To this end, and with the encouragement of Hamish Macleod, I’ve created an independently hosted discussion board where we can share experiences (using pseudonyms as desired).

The University intends to use any information gathered to help enhance the experience of current and future distance learners. The voices of ‘newbies’ and ‘old hands’ in this exercise are equally important :-)

I hope you’ll be able to take a few minutes out from your studies (and work, and other commitments) to share your thoughts under any of the topics that are of particular interest to you.

Thanks for considering my request.

Oh yes, here’s the link to the website with the discussion board:


James (s0900191)

The Gallery of Mediated Artefacts

The Gallery of Mediated Artefacts (GOMA) is an exhibition of work by digital artists studying the E-Learning and Digital Cultures course as part of the MSc in E-Learning at The University of Edinburgh.

The work on display covers four themes: 2010: A digital space odyssey; The changing face of visual culture; The power of words? Digital authorship in DVC and; Digital literacy and learning. It is appropriate however that the open plan layout of the exhibition enables the different genres to merge into one another.

There are no distinct boundaries in the exhibition – the sound from one area is allowed to drift to another, potentially reframing the author’s intended meaning for an individual piece of work. Meanwhile some pieces form a link between one genre and the next.

The meaning that the visitor takes from the Gallery is also influenced by the sequence in which they visit the different areas of the exhibition.

An important part of the gallery experience is provided by the sound of electronic chatter as you wander between the different spaces – most prominent within this is an original piece created by Jeremy Knox to accompany his contribution to the gallery.

Entry to the Gallery of Mediated Artefacts is free for all E-Learning students.

The original news release and some early critical review can be seen seen here.

Carpenter, R (2009) Boundary negotiations: electronic environments as interfaceComputers and Composition. 26, 138-148.