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Your views on University data

January 28, 2017 in Uncategorized

combine-229114_640We have had the following request for participation in a student focus group.

Dear students,
You are invited to participate in a group interview to share your understanding and opinions about the university’s use of your personal and educational data to provide services and support to you. The interviews will last for an hour, and you will be paid £10 cash for your time and commitment (distance learning students will receive £10 Amazon gift vouchers). The process will be audio and video recorded for the purpose of research analysis. Any information collected from the interview will be kept confidential and the use of it for academic publications will remain anonymous.
The interview is organised by the SHEILA (Support Higher Education to Integrate Learning Analytics) project team, and it will be used as an input for the development of the university policy for learning analytics. More information about their project, please refer to:

Interview time and locations:
Undergraduate students from the College of Science & Engineering: 11am-12pm, 20 February, Hodgson room, Weir Building, King’s Buildings
Undergraduate students from the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences: group A: 1.30pm-2.30pm, 21 February, Informatics Forum, Room 1.16/ group B: 3pm-4pm, 21 February, Informatics Forum, Room 1.16
Online-distance learning students from all colleges: 12pm-1pm, 22 February,
Undergraduate students from the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine: 1.30pm-2.30pm, 23 February, Informatics Forum, Room 5.02
Postgraduate students from all colleges: 3pm-4pm, 23 February, Informatics Forum, Room 5.02

Sign up here:
There are only 6 places available for each group. Please sign up early and we will get back to you on receipt of the registration.

Yours sincerely,
SHEILA Project Team
Professor Dragan Gasevic (
Professor Jeff Haywood (
Dr Yi-Shan Tsai (

Your courses are now open

January 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

512px-half-open_door_to_heaven_4761478827A very happy new year to everyone – here’s hoping for some great beginnings, opportunities and connections.  You can now start to take a peek into what’s ahead in 2017.

Your courses are available in the links on the panel to the left of the page, and the semester starts on Monday 16 January. Remember to read the course guide to find out what you can expect (and what’s expected of you).  The programme handbook has also been updated for the coming semester; there are some important changes to University-wide regulations about extensions.  All of these are available

Last semester’s courses can still be accessed via Moodle or through their direct URLs.

And a big hello to 25 new people starting on IDEL this semester.  We’re all looking forward to meeting you and hope you enjoy your time with us.  You’re joining a vibrant and creative community.


Image: By Klearchos Kapoutsis from Santorini, Greece (Half-open door to Heaven  Uploaded by Yarl) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Enjoy the break!

December 19, 2016 in Uncategorized

256px-happy_holidaysAs we come to the end of another busy year, we hope that you find time to give yourself a well-earned break – even if you do have an assignment or dissertation to think about!

A very warm welcome to our new cohort who will be joining us in January. We’re very pleased to have you on board and we look forward to seeing you in An Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning (IDEL).

Our new semester begins on 16 January 2017 and your courses will be open from 9 January.  If you have not yet signed up for one, you can still do so at You might want to check out the relevant handbooks which you’ll find in the links to the left.

We’ve been asked by the Edinburgh University Students Association (EUSA) to remind you about the annual Teaching Awards.  Thanks to all who have nominated us in the past – we’ve had a lot of nominations for our tutors and courses and in last academic year we had a winner!  Sian won the award for Best Dissertation Supervisor.  To vote in this year’s campaign, go to

So, whether you’re just joining us for the first time, coming to the end of your studies, or taking one of our optional courses next semester, everyone in the Digital Education team wishes you a very happy holiday and we look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Image: By Viscious-Speed (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons


Learn Appeal: recording of event now available

December 5, 2016 in Uncategorized

Learn Appeal Presentation – Tuesday 29 November at 13.30 (UK time)

This presentation will be via Collaborate Ultra.

If you’re looking for a digital education project that helps people to connect, you might be interested in Learn Appeal.  This charity is looking for talent and a little time  from people involved in digital learning. This could even be part of a Wider Themes portfolio or perhaps a relevant topic for another course.  If you can’t make the presentation but you still want to know more, get in touch or go to

The recording of the event on 29 November is now available here:



We’re proud of our graduating students!

November 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

We have a bumper crop of graduands coming to the Usher Hall on Monday 28 November at 3 pm. We’re looking forward to meeting them in person along with their families.  You can watch the ceremony being live streamed at 

Some of our graduands are unable to make it, and we want to celebrate them too.  Join us on Twitter at #mscde  to add your good wishes.  These include:


Popi Anastasiou

Popi Anastasiou – MSc in Digital Education

Nikki Bourke – MSc in Digital Education

Catherine Coudray – Pg Certificate in Digital Education

Sergio Estridge – MSc in Digital Education

Linda Matthews – MSc in Digital Education

Fiona MacAlister – Pg Certificate in Digital Education


Catherine Coudray


Sergio Estridge


Linda Matthews