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

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

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.

Sources of support

Are you aware of all of the sources of support for online students at the University of Edinburgh?  As well as the members of the MSc in Digital Education team, you can access advice and resources on a wide range of topics – including using the library, academic writing, counselling, disability, IT support, academic English, careers…. So you should never feel that ‘distance’ means no access to these resources. IAD

For example, if you’re worried about studying at Masters level or starting your dissertation, you might want to investigate what the Institute for Academic Development has to offer. This includes workshops, guidance notes on various topics, a dissertation planner, a newsletter and blog.

If you need confidential, impartial information about financing your studies, wellbeing, or issues with the University, you are automatically a member of the Edinburgh University Students Assocation (EUSA) and can seek advice from The Advice Place.

Our Programme Handbook contains many links to useful sources of support.

A new academic year

8733889058_3f3070b929_zHi everyone and welcome to the Academic Year 2017-18.

This is Week 0 or orientation week – when tutors and students all have an opportunity to check out the different sites and plans for the semester and sort out problems if there are any.  It’s a chance to meet other people taking the same course and to say hello to our students who are new to the programme.  We are still finalising the numbers of new students, but we have more than 30, and from many different countries.  A very warm welcome to you all.

Your courses will open some time on Monday 11 September and you should be able to access them via the links on the left or directly from Moodle.  Continuing students will see that the latest Moodle upgrade has given courses a slightly different look and feel. The Technologies Guide may help you to find your way around this and other spaces.

Our Research Methods course is now re-titled Introduction to social research methods.  It is associated with a MOOC with the same name that starts in October – https://www.edx.org/course/introduction-social-research-methods-edinburghx-socrmx#.  For our own students, this MOOC comprises the middle section of their course.  However, the assignments and learning outcomes and tutorial support for our own students are the same as they always were.  We are very excited about this development: a further example of opening up what we do.

As many of you will already know, Hamish Macleod has now retired and he is already greatly missed!  However, he is still in touch with us and you may well see him around from time to time, so I have still included him in the Programme Handbook.  You’ll find the current edition of the Programme Handbook in the Handbooks section of this site. It contains important information, whichever course you are taking.

Looking forward to catching up with everyone soon.  Week 1 starts on 18 September – but people are Tweeting already #mscde  (and see the course Twitter hashtags in the left hand column too).

Christine

Image: cc BY 2.0 Omar Reiss https://www.flickr.com/photos/bitesizeinspiration/8733889058

Handbooks are ready!

book-863418_640Welcome to the Hub as we get ready to start the new academic year.  If you’ve signed up for a course you should now be enrolled in it (you’ll see this in Euclid).  The course guides and handbooks are available from the link in the column on the left.  Don’t forget to read the new programme handbook too.  The technologies guide will be updated in time for Week 0.

Your tutors are busy putting the finishing touches to their courses. Your  course will start on 18 September and you’ll have access to it from 11 September.  You’ll be able to access it from the left hand column here or directly through Moodle.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again soon.