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Summer School in Academic Writing

April 9, 2018 in Uncategorized

Opened_up_a_Pandora's_box28 May – 17 June 2018

A tutor-led project for Wider Themes in Digital Education.

The summer school is also open to any students on the Digital Education programme. If numbers are very high, priority will be given to Wider Themes in Digital Education students who will be aiming to add the work to their portfolios for credit.

The Summer school in academic writing will run from Monday 28 May to Sunday 17 June 2018. The course aims to help students to understand relationships between academic writing and their own assignments. Participants are encouraged to bring a theme from one of their assignments or a topic from one of their courses that they would like to write up as a paper for publication. Though largely practical, the course will briefly consider: the role of genre in academic writing; commercial influences and open access; academic practices; disciplinary differences; changes brought about by technology; values and standards in academic writing.  The course will run entirely online in Moodle, with visits to academic journal websites. Students will engage in a range of structured writing activities along with the tutor, who will also run weekly optional synchronous sessions in Collaborate or Skype.

There is no charge for the summer school.

For additional information, or to sign up for the summer school, please contact Christine at

Image: Pandora’s box opened.  Frederick Stuart Church [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Imagining the future of Digital Education: event on 23.02.2018

February 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

Mobile Campus posterMichael Gallagher and I wish to invite you to participate in an event we are delivering as part of the University’s Festival of Creative Learning. Across the course of an hour, we will bring together students, tutors, researchers and other colleagues to explore the nature and future of digital education. There is no fixed venue for this activity and we hope that our group will be made up of participants in a range of different geographical locations and settings (classroom, cafe, office, at home, in transit, and so on).

We will be using the (free) Telegram app for this activity, which will take place at 1pm (Edinburgh time) on Friday 23 February and will last for a maximum of one hour. Through the event we will be asking questions about how we should conceptualise ‘the campus’, whilst exploring the possibilities and challenges of synchronous mobile learning (topics that you are perfectly placed to comment on as a Digital Education student).

Further details about the activity, including how to register and download Telegram, can be found on Michael’s blog at:

As a side note, Michael and I are both graduates of the Digital Education programme and we’ve been having conversations about the nature of online education – as well as attempting to define ‘the campus’ – since 2009, so we’re really glad to have the opportunity to share this activity with you. We hope you can join us.

James Lamb, ESRC-funded Doctoral Researcher, Centre for Research in Digital Education


Programme MOOC launches next week: Introduction to Social Research Methods

January 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

The second instance of the Introduction to Social Research Methods (or SOCRMx) MOOC launches on the edX platform next week.

The course begins on Monday the 29th of January, and you can sign up here.

SOCRMx is currently part of the MScDE programme, and those students taking the Introduction to Social Research Methods course this semester will be participating the MOOC as part of their study. You can follow the course on Twitter with the hashtag #SOCRMx

As the course is open access, you can sign up and take a look at any time – indeed, if you come across any research terms or ideas that you are unfamiliar with during your time on the programme, SOCRMx would be a good place to find out more about research methods.

If you’ve signed up recently, you can find the first welcome email here.

Your courses are open

January 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

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You can access your Spring semester course from the list in the left hand column.  The semester starts on Monday 15 January, but your course leaders will have already been in touch with you.

We’re delighted to welcome a new intake of students from all over the world.  We hope you enjoy IDEL; there will be plenty of encouragement from people who have done it already. Some of them are still tweeting about it – #mscidel – and you’ll see some people popping up in this Digital Education Hub too.  This is your space; if you want to share any news or ideas, feel free to use it.

As always, drop me a line if you have any questions or worries.


Image: Flickr bryan birdwell  (CC BY N-C 2.0)

Happy holidays and see you in January 2018

December 16, 2017 in Uncategorized

512px-'Windows_Open_Simultaneously_(First_Part,_Third_Motif)'_by_Robert_DelaunayA warm welcome to new and existing students exploring the Digital Education Hub and other spaces before semester starts on 15 January 2018.  Remember, this is a space you can post to as well, if you have any news or ideas to share.

For those who are just finishing a course, we hope you’re looking forward to a well-deserved break at the end of a busy semester (though we know there is still work going on with assignments and dissertations).

The handbooks for next semester’s courses are now available from the link to the left of this page.  There will be an updated Programme Handbook for January too; I am just waiting for the final pieces of information for this.

teaching_awardsFinally, if you have enjoyed one of this semester’s courses, you might want to nominate it or a teacher for a teaching award.  You can also nominate a personal tutor or dissertation supervisor. The Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) organise this scheme and nominations need to be in by 18 February. For further information, see:

 Image: Windows Open Simultaneously – By Robert Delaunay (Tate Modern, London) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons