MSc in Digital Education

Programme team

Professor Siân Bayne

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Sian Bayne is a Professor in the Institute for Education, Community and Society, and Associate Dean (digital scholarship) in the College of Humanities and Social Science. She is course leader and co-tutor on ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’ and ‘Education and digital culture’. Her research interests revolve around the changes undergoing learning and teaching as it shifts online – current particular interests are around posthumanism and online education, the geographies of distance education, uncanny digital literacies and the role of social media in higher education. 


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Marshall Dozier

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Marshall Dozier is the Senior Liaison Librarian for the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, and Liaison Director for the College, Marshall has particular expertise in information skills tutoring, and leads ‘Information literacies for online learning’. She’s also interested in web-based information skills tutoring, online learning and aspects of medical education like problem-based learning and evidence-based medicine.

Peter Evans

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Peter Evans is a lecturer in the institute of Education, Community and Society, and former director of the MSc in Management of Training and Development. He is course organiser for ‘Digital Education: strategy and policy’, and teaches on ‘Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning’ and ‘Course design for digital environments’. He previously worked in the community media and cultural sectors, especially in formal and non-formal learning initiatives. His research interests are in social media and workplace learning.

Dr Rory Ewins

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Rory Ewins is based in the Institute for Education, Community and Society. Rory leads on the course ‘Digital education in global context’ and leads and co-tutors on ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’. His interests include online identity and its implications for academics, the effect of university and government IT policies on academic practice, e-learning and intellectual property, and e-learning in developing countries. He writes about these and too many other subjects on his personal site.

Tim Fawns

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Within the School of Education, Tim is a part-time PhD student and a tutor on ‘Assessment, Learning an Digital Education’. Additionally, he is a Programme Coordinator for the MSc in Clinical Education in the University’s Centre for Medical Education. His research interests include the influence of technology on episodic memory, as well as in the dynamics of online collaboration.

Fiona Hale

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Fiona Hale is a Senior e-Learning Advisor, specialising in Online Distance Learning, Virtual Worlds and Collaborative Online Media, in the University’s Information Services. She is also the Second Life Support Officer for the MSc in Digital Education programme and guest tutor on Introduction to digital environments for learning and Introduction to digital game based learning. Her research interests include virtual worlds in education, videogame-based learning and student learning. She also coordinates the Virtual Graduation for the MSc programme.

Professor Jeff Haywood

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Jeff Haywood is Professor of Education and Technology in the School of Education, and Vice Principal of Knowledge Management, Chief Information Officer and Librarian to the University. As such, he heads the University’s Information Services division. He tutors on the ‘Digital Education: strategy and policy’ course. His research interests are in the evaluation of large national, international or institutional e-learning initiatives, and on learners’ attitudes towards, and experiences of, ICT in education, particularly in universities.

Professor Dai Hounsell

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Dai Hounsell is Professor of Higher Education and teaches on the ‘Assessment, Learning an Digital Education’ course. His research interests include how and what students learn in higher education, and implications for teaching-learning and assessment strategies.

Dr Jeremy Knox

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Jeremy Knox is a lecturer in Digital Education. He teaches on ‘Education and Digital Culture’, ‘Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning’, and is course leader for ‘Digital Futures for Learning’. He also teaches on the programme’s Massive Open Online Course, EDCMOOC. His background is in teaching, Special Educational Needs and software design. Research interests include critical posthumanism and the implications of such thinking for education and educational research.

Dr Hamish Macleod

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Hamish Macleod is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Education, Community and Society, and programme selector for the MSc. He is course leader on ‘Understanding learning in the online environment’, and ‘Introduction to digital game-based learning’. He also co-tutors ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’, ‘Digital futures for learning’ and ‘Research Methods’. His background is in biology and psychology, and particular interests are in the uses of computer-mediated communications and game-informed approaches in teaching and learning. 

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Dr Velda McCune

Velda McCune is a Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director in the Institute for Academic Development. She leads ‘The digital student experience’ course. Her work focuses on understanding how students develop as learners and how to enhance university teaching-learning environments to support high-quality learning. She is an active researcher with a particular interest in how students learn, how they understand learning and their learner identities. 

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Clara O’Shea

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Clara O’Shea is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Education. She is course leader for ‘Assessment, Learning an Digital Education’, and co-tutors on ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’ and ‘Introduction to digital game-based learning’. Her research interests coalesce around ideas of digital culture and education, with specific interests around how we learn within online spaces (touching on place, identity, presence, enculturation, assessment and feedback). 


Dr Jen Ross

Jen Ross is a Lecturer, and Deputy Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Education. She teaches on ‘Digital futures for learning’, ‘Research Methods’, and ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’. She was Programme Director of the MSc between 2012-15. Her research interests include online learning, place and space, digital identity, reflective practices and cultural and educational institutions online. 

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Dr Philippa Sheail

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Phil Sheail is a Lecturer in the School of Education.  She teaches on ‘An Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning’ (IDEL), ‘Course Design for Digital Environments’, and ‘Research Methods’. Her research interests include the ‘digital university’, internationalisation and the digital, and social theories of time.  She has a particular interest in narrative, ethnographic and visual research methods.

Dr Christine Sinclair

Christine Sinclair is Programme Director of the MSc in Digital Education, and a Lecturer in Digital Education in the School of Education. She tutors on ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’ and leads ‘Course design for digital environments’. She is interested in how students respond to higher education. She became a student on the MSc in E-Learning at Edinburgh University in 2006 to research the student experience of digital environments. Her background is in Philosophy and Education, but an earlier piece of research into the student experience also gave her an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. Her research particularly focuses on the effects of language in changing environments.