Upcoming keynote talks

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 in news

I have a few keynotes lined up between now and the summer:

The 10th International Conference on Networked Learning is in May, and I am looking forward to presenting some new work on the theme of ‘Campus codespaces for networked learners’ in my keynote, as well as presenting a paper on the Manifesto for Teaching Online with Jen Ross. I think this is still the best conference around in our field at the moment.

In mid-March I’m looking forward to speaking to The Association for Learning Development in Higher Education, at which I will be talking about the Manifesto for Teaching Online.

And then in June I’m going back to Devon, my home-county, to address DARTS5: Discover Academic Research, Training and Support on the use of multimodal approaches to assessment as a way of embedding digital research practices in online teaching.


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Launch of the new Digital Education research centre

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in news

Digital Education logo

Next month we are launching our new Centre, which will pull the research that we’re doing here in the Digital Education group into something more formal and identifiable. The web site is still in development, but we have our logo and a date for the launch party so are really pretty much good to go! The new centre is structured according to four main strands of work: Digital Cultures, Learning Analytics, Policy, and Children and Technology. Drop me a line if you want to know more, and I’ll post the web site once it’s up.

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

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 in news

manifesto point 1
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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