New online courses that may be of interest

Digital Education Programme participants may be interested in a new series of courses that are being offered by the Technology and Innovation Studies Subject Group of School of Social and Political Sciences.  There is an opportunity on the 28th of May to find out more, and the invitation to their “virtual open day” is pasted in below.  Just to be clear, these are not part of the Programme in Digital Education.  But for any interested, it is possible to substitute up to one course (20 credits)  from the (Masters) programme with a course from another programme, with the permission of the Director of the student’s own programme, and of the Director of the “host” programme.

We are delighted to invite you to experience an exciting new online learning course: PGCert in Making Use of Digital Research.
An opportunity to develop the skills to succeed in the fast moving field of digital research.

The Virtual Open Day will take place on the 28th May 2014 12:00-13:30.

To register for the open day please use the Eventbrite page below:

The Virtual Open Day is an opportunity to get to know the programme team, course convenor and technologists providing technical support. The programme team are keen to give detailed practical information about the programme structure and workload. You might like to get a sneak preview of this area of work by viewing recent materials from the Digital Day of Ideas on ‘Data’ and our Valuation as Practice symposium which included discussion relevant to the digital research agenda.

The event will make use of online ‘Collaborate’ technology which enable you to interactively engage with the programme team. You can get access using the link below:

Using the system should be straightforward, but do take a few moments to confirm you can access it correctly before the session. For further instructions or technical queries please contact Benjamin Koeck <> either before the event, or at any time on the day in real-time from 09:00.

Making Use of Digital Research:

This Postgraduate Certificate is aimed at commissioners, coordinators and users of digital research in business, policy-making and the third sector, including digital marketing and analytical services officers. The PGCert comprises a suite of courses that together provide the critical understanding and skills needed to make best use of digital research findings, with a particular focus on social media research, web 2.0 data and their synergies with publicly available ‘open’ administrative datasets. Based on the latest research into the social and economic influences on how digital research is being developed and used, this PGCert is designed both for novices and for more experienced professionals who need to maintain a critical appreciation of the fast moving field of digital research.

For further information contact:

We look forward to welcoming you to the Virtual Open Day,

The Making Use of Digital Research Team

Author: Hamish Macleod

Senior Lecturer in the School of Education of the University of Edinburgh. C-Director of the MSc Programme in eLearning.