Critical pedagogy in the age of digital education

Thursday 23 March

Professor Petar Jandric, University of Applied Science, Zagreb, CroatiaPetar

Petar will introduce the tradition of critical pedagogy through three generations, starting with the work of Freire, then writers such as Giroux and McLaren, and finally considering the latest generation of contemporary authors.   He traces their changing perspectives on the use of technology in relation to issues in digital scholarship and social justice.

Petar is a visiting ERASMUS scholar with us for a couple of weeks at the University of Edinburgh.  Petar is an educator, researcher and activist. He has published three books, dozens of scholarly articles and chapters, and numerous popular articles. Petar’s background is in physics, education and information science, and his research interests are situated at the post-disciplinary intersections between technologies, pedagogies and society. See more at his website:

Here is a link to Petar’s talk on Collaborate Ultra.  We had some technical problems with sound and had to swap laptops, so Hamish’s photo appears while Petar is talking.  (It is a lovely photo though!)  Thanks to everyone who attended – a great discussion.

If I Googled you, what would I find?

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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.

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Further information about Managing Your Digital Footprint at the University of Edinburgh can also be found

About the Hub

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.


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Your views on University data

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 (