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Educational Design and Engagement

Educational Design and Engagement

Enriching the student learning experience & supporting development of on campus and online courses.

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection tool and it is marketed as such to its customers (educators). As a detector of plagiarism, Turnitin’s accuracy is quite high and has proven to be a popular choice amongst educators. Especially in the field of online learning where Turnitin’s submission tools come in very handy. However, as with many […]

The fifth eAssessment Scotland conference was held this year on 23rd August at the University of Dundee. Billed as “the UK’s largest conference dedicated to exploring the best examples of eAssessment in the world today”, this year’s theme focused on the potential role of social and participatory technologies in teaching and assessment. Page contents: Keynote […]

Learning Analytics has rapidly become a “hot topic” in Higher Education. Our teaching and  learning activities online now generate “big data” and there is a need to manage and understand that data, to make best use of it at national, local, institutional and school level.  All sorts of work is being done on developing this […]

Susie Greig and I recently attended a workshop called Cheap & Cheerful: Approaches to Multimedia organised by the Institute for Academic Development (IAD). This workshop was full of great ideas to use free and easy multi-media applications to create learning and informational multi-media assets for your course and/or website. The first presentation ‘Podcasting for free […]

How can you fault an event that starts with hot bacon rolls and ends with wine and chocolate? As ever the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland know how to create an interesting, enjoyable and engaging event. Learning Services were well represented as David Findlay, Wilma Alexander and I all took the chance to attend this event […]

On 4th June the University hosted a meeting for the ceLTIc Project  to share experiences of, and work on, the Peer Assessment tool WebPA.  Speakers from Queen Margaret University, Hull, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Imperial College outlined projects using WebPA, some over a number of years, some still pilots. That experience included suggestions for others thinking […]

The relationship between the University of Edinburgh and The University of Copenhagen (TUCh) was already initiated through a visit by senior staff from Copenhagen to Edinburgh in January 2013. Hosted by Edinburgh’s Institute for Academic Development, the group identified a number of areas in which collaboration would be mutually advantageous. Sharing good practice both in […]

I’m currently working on plans for a new service within Learning Services which will offer Advice on Social Media use in Learning and Teaching. Because of this I jumped at the chance to attend an event hosted by the Edinburgh Entrepreneurship Club which offered a whole afternoon of presentations about Social Media in a broad […]

In May I had the pleasure of attending this excellent event with two of my colleagues from Learning Services , Fiona Littleton and Stuart Nicol.  Here I am sharing my highlights from a thought provoking day. Big Data – In her Keynote presentation Tara McPherson spoke about how Big Data sets could be harnessed for […]

Since being appointed as Head of the Learning Services team in June 2012, I’ve been working to develop strategic direction for IS learning technology provision to the University in collaboration with other IS colleagues working in this domain. Between summer and December 2012, I had been reading as much research and strategic literature as I […]

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