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:

https://www.eusa.ed.ac.uk/representation/campaigns/teachingawards/

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

Need help or tricks for multimodality or creativity?

December 2, 2017 in Uncategorized

Hi all,

as some of us struggle producing multimodal artefacts and have difficulties approaching creativity, I have produced this little(!) video with five absolutely simple tipps on how you can make it easy on yourself. I hope you’ll find it helpful. If so, please share. Comments are always very welcome! And thanks loads to Noreen Dunnett for inspiring me to do it!

Best,

Dirk

(If I should have posted this somewhere else, please let me onow if I violated out netiquette!)

Join us…

November 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

Join us at the virtual graduation ceremony

On 29 November at 3pm UK time, McEwan Hallwe will be holding a synchronous virtual graduation ceremony. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of your peers on the programme along with members of the Digital Education teaching team. The ceremony will take place at the same time as the Edinburgh ceremony, which we will watch in livestream form while we chat.  Everyone will see the graduates (virtual and in Edinburgh) and hear their names being called, and it’s always a really happy time. If you would like to join us, please email Jen or Angie to get details of where to find us on the day!

jen.ross@ed.ac.uk  or Angela.Hunter@ed.ac.uk

 

Join us on one of next semester’s courses

Continuing students should by now have received an email from me with an invitation to select an option for next semester.  The options are:

  • Digital education in global context
  • Digital education: strategy and policy
  • Introduction to digital game-based learning
  • Introduction to social research methods (this will not be running in September 2018 but will be back in January 2019)
  • Wider themes in digital education (available to those who have already completed 60 credits – i.e. IDEL and at least one other course)

Sign up using the Course enrolment form link in the left column or directly at our MSc Digital Education Moodle site https://www.moodle.is.ed.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=131. It is best to be enrolled in EASE before using these links.

Image: McEwan Hall refurbished

By Grousebeater2 – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59740643

Workshop: designing Internet of Things technologies for the future ‘smart’ campus

November 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

6We’re looking for some ‘distance’ students to participate (via video link) in an upcoming workshop on the design of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for education.

The event takes place on the 28/11/2017 at 11:00-13:00 GMT

What is the university ‘campus’ where students watch video lectures from the local cafe, communicate over social networks, and study and a distance?

What if we could use real ‘things’– buildings, classrooms, chairs, everyday objects – to connect people in new ways across educational distances?

Join us to design the future ‘smart’ university, for a world where more people and ‘things’ are connected. In this workshop, you will get the chance to learn about IoT technologies, and let rip with some creative designs. No practical work with technologies is involved, and no previous experience with coding or making is required – just bring along some imagination.

You will be joining a group of campus-based students, who will be tasked with designing ways of connecting with ‘distance’ students. You, as a ‘distance’ student, will be tasked with designing ways of connecting with campus activity.

Let your creative genius loose as we imagine technologies that can turn data-streams into real ‘things’ in our educational environments: design a soundscape that gives you a ‘sense’ of the Edinburgh campus; invent some lighting that shows you how busy the campus is at lunchtime; dream up a library space that broadcasts what your fellow students are reading!

This workshop is about pushing the boundaries about what is possible with technology, but it is also about asking what data should be collected and broadcast. Come and share your views on issues of privacy and surveillance: what kinds of student data should remain private? How can we protect students in a future of increased data collection?

The best ideas and designs will get prizes!

For more information, email: jeremy.knox@ed.ac.uk

New programme MOOC: Introduction to Social Research Methods

September 26, 2017 in Uncategorized

SOCRMx_smallThe digital education team are launching a new MOOC on the edX platform: Introduction to Social Research Methods, or SOCRMx for short.

The course begins on Monday the 4th of October, 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.

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