The newly-formed Student-Staff Liaison Committee (SSLC) for the MSc in Digital Education will have its first meeting on 16 March. Broadly speaking, the aim of this committee is to ensure that the student voice is heard on issues that affect their educational experience. Ours will be one of many SSLCs across the University, but we can ensure that it meets our own needs as a fully online programme. In the University’s guidelines, there is a useful set of principles highlighting governance, decision making, quality enhancement and assurance. We shall be formulating our own terms of reference, but they will be in keeping with these principles.
For the MSc in Digital Education, our SSLC membership consists of 8 student reps, 3 academic staff, and our administrator. To see who we are – and to raise any issues you want us to consider – go to our section in the MSc in Digital Education Moodle space. This space will be changing over the next few weeks as we add further information about ourselves and our aims. But you can contribute to the discussion forum now.
Hello everyone, and on behalf of the whole team, welcome to a new semester of the Digital Education programme! A special welcome to those who are returning to study after a break, and those who are newly joining the programme this month.
Today is the start of orientation week (week 0) – week 1 begins next Monday, 19 January*. This week is an opportunity to familiarise yourself with your course content and structure, and begin to get to know your tutors and fellow participants.
We hope you’ll find the coming weeks inspiring and thought-provoking, and that you won’t hesitate to be in touch with your course tutors, personal tutors, or me or Angie if there’s anything you need to discuss. Have a great semester!
hello everyone – well done to those who are finishing up courses and final assignments from this semester! And a warm welcome to those who are starting on the programme in January. And to everyone else, all of whom I’m sure have earned some time off from whatever you’ve been busy doing. From all of the team, happy holidays, when they come.
2. Google Glass competition: Throughout January, the University would like to hear people’s ideas for using Google Glass – make a 3-minute video and you might have a chance to showcase your ideas to the University, or even to Google HQ. More info here: http://glass.ed.ac.uk
3. Teaching award nominations open: nominations for EUSA Teaching Awards have now been launched for 2014-15. There are eight categories designed to recognise and reward teachers who are committed to creating a collaborative, innovative and vibrant learning and teaching environment at the University. If you would like to learn more or to nominate one of your teachers, courses or supervisors, all the info you need is here: www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/teachingawards
Hamish and I will be at the Online Educa conference in Berlin next month, and we welcome anyone who is attending to get in touch and say hello. Given that this is one of the bigger conferences of the year, we thought it might be a good opportunity to meet any current students, alumni, or indeed anyone interested in hearing more about the programme. I’ll be speaking about the E-Learning and Digital Cultures MOOC on Thursday 4th, and we’re happy to help arrange an informal gathering that same afternoon or evening for anyone who might be there. Looking forward to meeting any fellow attendees!