Virtual Graduation 27 Nov 2015 – come one, come all!

Come join the celebrations!

We will have graduations for the School of Education, including our fab Digital Education students, on 27 November at 3pm.

As in previous years, we will be having a integrated virtual ceremony in Second Life. Please come join us to celebrate our graduates’ achievements, catch up with old friends, and have some fun!

Our virtual graduates will have their names called out in the Usher Hall along with images of our Second Life ceremony. The audience gathered in Edinburgh will applaud our virtual graduates along with those graduating in person, so it’s a very special integrated celebration.

We would be really grateful if you could put Friday 27 November at 3pm UK time in your diaries, and come along to the Virtual University of Edinburgh campus graduation space at Venue at Vue to support the programme and be part of this wonderful celebration. All are welcome – current and prospective students, alumni, and friends of the programme.

Please try to arrive a bit early, and it’s worth checking, well in advance, that you can access SL smoothly. See the technologies handbook here and here is some guidance for viewing media (we’ll be watching the live stream from Usher Hall) . There’s a recorded video about artificial intelligence project available on the screen at at Venue at Vue so that you can test your media settings 🙂

Here’s a video of last year’s ceremony, courtesy of Austin Tate (thanks, Austin!)

There will be bubbly, there will be fireworks, there will be much to celebrate!

Authenticity in learning online: Call for your thoughts or experiences!

Hi everyone,

Each year we have a one-day mini conference at UoE run by a staff group called the elearning forum.

This year’s conference is on 10 April, and the theme is on authenticity in online learning – more details here:

Stuart & Simon from the Learning Technology Section, live sketching at an elearning@ed conference – for more, see

We would like to have your input too – would you like to contribute something to the conference?

Anything smallish like a short text statement, like a quote, of your own experience as an online learner, or something a bit bigger such as a recorded video statement, or even more, for example a poster about a project you are doing?

It would be fantastic if you wanted to send in your thoughts for the elearning forum – the forum is mostly made up of staff who teach on or develop and support online learning, and also research students.

Please email me soon if you’re interested in sending something and/or would like to have a chat about what shape a contribution could have –

We aren’t thinking of having streamed presentations, to keep the technical requirements as low as possible, but if you would like to follow along, we will be using the twitter hashtag #elearninged

email service migration news

new student email poster Hi everyone,

I hope you’re already aware of the changes to the student email service coming up in January 2013! The new service should be super, but…

Please be aware that as part of the final stages of migration to the Office365 service, incoming email on your student account will be delayed from 9am GMT Thursday 10th January 2013, and will be delivered by 9am GMT Monday 14th January 2013 into your new Office 365 mailbox.

For more news and information about the service change, please see

Manifesto for Teaching Online: Invitation to an event in Second Life

Manifesto - image of an interpretation by Sheila Webber

You are cordially invited to this event in Second Life (SL), where Clara O’Shea will lead a presentation on the Manifesto along with fellow authors Jen Ross, Sian Bayne and Hamish Macleod.

The event is hosted by Sheila Webber (Sheila Yoshikawa in SL), at Sheffield University’s Second Life island, Infolit iSchool.

It will be a fascinating meeting! ALL WELCOME!

The Manifesto for Teaching Online  has attracted a lot of interest and debate – do come join the discussion!
Do visit the Manifesto website at
Sheila Webber will also open a ‘remix’ exhibit of the Manifesto at the event on 13 November.

Student email changing – with added bonuses!

Dear all,

You should soon be getting an email about this to your student email address:  from January 2013, the email service for all taught MSc and undergraduate students will move to Office 365. There is some more information at

I’m posting here because I wanted to make sure you all know, and also to invite questions/concerns that I could maybe feed back to inform the development of the information website.

All best,