Near Future Teaching project

Posted on Sep 19, 2017 in news


I have a new project running this year, along with the wonderful Jennifer Williams, Michael Gallagher, Lucy Kendra and colleagues, which aims to ‘design the future of digital education at Edinbugh’. Through a series of events, workshops, thinktanks and interviews the Near Future Teaching project will be working with students and staff across the university to devise a values-based future vision for digital education strategy and practice. The web site gives an update of where we’ve got to, and if you’d like to know more just drop me an email.

Read More

Digital sanctuary and anonymity on campus: article on WonkHE

Posted on Sep 18, 2017 in news










After my Alt-C talk this September, which discussed the social value of anonymity within universities, David Kernohan from the excellent WonkHE kindly asked me to write a blog post covering some of the issues raised by our recent research in this area.

The post argues that we need to broaden our discussions of anonymity in social media, not only because it does useful work in opening up discussion on difficult and sensitive issues, but also because – given the current normalisation of surveillance, tracking and profiling through conventional social media – our students need spaces of digital sanctuary.

You can read the full post here on WonkHE, and watch the linked keynote here.


Read More

Edinburgh Futures Institute

Posted on Sep 11, 2017 in news


This year I’m going to be quite heavily involved with the new Edinburgh Futures Institute, which will be doing new kinds of interdisciplinary research to tackle complex societal problems, bring the social sciences and humanities to bear on data science, and develop a whole new portfolio of postgraduate and undergraduate programmes to teach students about current pressing and critical themes.

The EFI will be based in the Old Royal Infirmary building – for those that know Edinburgh, this faces out onto the beautiful Meadows near the centre of town – and will make some truly exciting new links between work we do at the university, local communities, businesses and people, as well as with students, academics, practitioners and artists from around the globe.

Read More

Teaching this semester: Digital Futures for Learning

Posted on Sep 11, 2017 in news

I’m looking forward to this semester’s teaching on our MSc in Digital Education – between now and Christmas I will be co-tutoring with the brilliant Jen Ross on the Digital Futures for Learning Course, which takes an ‘open curriculum’ approach to asking students to consider, critique, plan and play-out the future of learning. We’ll be teaching in the open on this one, with the course site opening up in around 3 weeks. The course also links to a new project I am currently leading at Edinburgh – the Near Future Teaching project – of which more later….

Read More

New project: Research for Emergency Aftershock Response

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 in news

I’m delighted to be part of an exciting new project led by colleagues Mark Naylor and John McCloskey in the School of Geosciences.

Research for Emergency Aftershock Response is aiming to develop methods for getting information and support quickly to earthquake struck communities, in order to help prevent deaths from aftershocks, which can be more deadly than the actual quakes. The project will scope and begin to build and research ways of building community engagement in earthquake education, and to rapid provision of data on aftershock to NGOs and humanitarian agencies.

The team working on this is drawn from across the geosciences, data science, history, cultural geography and education, and we are working with partners including the British Geological Survey and Concern Worldwide. It’s funded by the NERC, ESRC, AHRC Global Challenges Research Fund and there’s more information and contact details here.

Read More

A new web site for the MSc in Digital Education

Posted on Aug 16, 2016 in news

hare pngWe’re proud to have a new web site for our Masters programme: in particular, we’ve worked hard with our students to pull together a showcase of outstanding student work, and also to highlight the terrific video produced by James Lamb for our 2016 Manifesto for Teaching Online.

We’ve updated all our course information, insights from our alumni, and more on our teaching methods too.

We welcome queries from potential students – drop my colleague Hamish Macleod a line if you want to find out more (contact details are on the web site).

Read More