Manifesto redux: re-working the Manifesto for Teaching Online for 2015

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in news

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We have just finalised the text for an updated version of our Manifesto: we found that the field had moved on a lot since the first version in 2011, and while the manifesto text has been remixed a fair bit by others since it first came out, we felt that as a teaching team we needed to revisit it. Over about 6 months the team teaching the MSc in Digital Education discussed and agreed the updated text, which is here:

Among other things, it takes account of the rise of ‘algorithmic culture’ and the computational turn, of movements in massiveness and openness, and of new ways of thinking about distance in education. Please give us feedback on the new version – we really welcome it.

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Our new MOOC with National Museums Scotland has launched

Posted on Oct 17, 2015 in news


We have been working in partnership with colleagues at the National Museum of Scotland to develop a new MOOC on Victorian Photography. This 5-week course accompanies the major summer exhibition at NMS on Photography: A Victorian Sensation, and is the first MOOC the NMS have offered. It’s been great working with our colleagues Alison Morrison-Low and Christine McLean on getting the course running: it’s offered on the Coursera platform as part of the University of Edinburgh suite of courses - you can see it and sign up here.

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Our new special issue: Critical approaches to open education

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 in news

LMAT cover Jeremy Knox, Jen Ross and I have been working on this special issue for a couple of years now, are thrilled to see it in press at last. We’re very happy with the final collection, which features some cracking articles from Richard Edwards, Bonnie Stewart, Richard Hall, Lesley Gourlay, Rolin Moe, Chris Jones, Martin Oliver and Joss Winn. Learning, Media and Technology is becoming a great outlet for work in digital education these days, thanks to the work of Rebecca Eynon and Neil Selwyn and its clear focus on critical approaches from the humanities and social sciences.

The Special Issue is available here.

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Teacherbot asks new questions about teacher automation

Posted on May 21, 2015 in news


The Digital Education group have developed a simple twitterbot which has been teaching alongside us on the ‘E-learning and digital cultures’ MOOC.

Featured in the Times Higher Education today , the ‘teacherbot’ was an experiment in thinking about how code, algorithm and automation could be used in order to ask critical questions about the future of teacher automation.

There is more about the thinking behind the teacherbot in an article I wrote for the journal Teaching in Higher Education - it’s open access and can be downloaded here.

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Latest run of Digital Education and Digital Cultures is finishing…

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 in news

Jeremy Knox and I have been co-teaching this course on our MSc in Digital Education this semester and it’s been a blast! Many thanks to all the students who’ve done such interesting work over the last few weeks. The course is a bit unusual in that it’s delivered ‘in the open’ rather than locked away in a VLE, so the work our students have done can be enjoyed by anyone who’s interested. Take a look here:




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Some more upcoming talks

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 in news


These are all in my diary for 2015 now and I’m very much looking forward to them:

Keynote for E-MOOCs in Mons, Belgium in May

Keynote for CELT annual conference in Galway, June

Keynote for EuroCALL 2015 at Universita di Padova, Italy, August


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