If I Googled you, what would I find?

March 13, 2017 in technology

DF LogoI would like to draw your attention to a new free online course launched by the University of Edinburgh (on Coursera).

The Digital Footprint MOOC is open to all (students, staff, researchers, and the public) and we would be delighted for you to join this course. The course is held over 3 weeks and is available on demand, all year.

The University of Edinburgh Digital Footprint MOOC, focuses on the different dimensions of a digital footprint, including developing an effective online presence, managing privacy online, creating opportunities for networking, balancing and managing professional and personal presences (eprofessionalism). By the end of the course participants should be confident at managing a digital footprint that works for them, whether it’s small and private, or a more effective and impactful presence.

As we move around the online world we leave tracks and traces of our activity all the time: social media accounts, tagged images, professional presences, scraps of text, but also many artefacts we don’t always realise we are leaving behind, or that others leave about us.  This course includes a range of experts from across the world, practical advice, as well as providing an opportunity to reflect on and refine your own online presence and digital footprint.

The course starts 3 April 2017. Register now https://goo.gl/jgHLQs

You can also join the conversation on Twitter @DFMOOC #DFMOOC

Further information about Managing Your Digital Footprint at the University of Edinburgh can also be found www.ed.ac.uk/iad/digitalfootprint

About the Hub

February 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

512px-Shimano_hub_dynamoThe login for the Hub has been fixed.  The problem arose because of a software upgrade on the server last week.  There will be more work on the server on Tuesday 28 February which may cause some further downtime to this blog and other WordPress blogs on the programme.

Did you know that you can post in this space too if you are a logged in user? If you have something you want to share with people on the programme, see the Blog posting area for the Hub link in the left-hand column.

We are planning to refresh this space – do give us some suggestions for what you would like to see in a space that works across the whole programme.


image: By Sylenius (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)

Are you enjoying Digital Education? Make a Teaching Award nomination!

February 8, 2017 in Uncategorized



The Edinburgh University Student Association teaching awards scheme is now taking nominations for this year  –  you can nominate for:

So if you’re enjoying the programme and think we’re doing a good job, please consider nominating us – it means a lot!    There’s more info on the EUSA site here:


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, https://zoom.us/j/313198242
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 (dragan.gasevic@ed.ac.uk)
Professor Jeff Haywood (Jeff.Haywood@ed.ac.uk)
Dr Yi-Shan Tsai (yi-shan.tsai@ed.ac.uk)

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 http://hub.digital.education.ed.ac.uk/handbooks/

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 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons