MSc in Digital Education

Programme team

Dr Siân Bayne

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I’m a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, and Director of Studies on the MSc in Digital Education. My 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. I’m currently Associate Dean (digital scholarship) in the College of Humanities and Social Science at Edinburgh. 

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Marshall Dozier

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I am currently the Senior Liaison Librarian for the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, within Information Services at the University of Edinburgh. I’m an EdD student in the School of Education, researching in the area of information behaviour. I’m 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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I am a Lecturer and Ph.D. student in the School of Education and Programme Director of its MSc in the Management of Training and Development. I previously worked in the community media and cultural sectors, especially in formal and non-formal learning initiatives. My research interests are in social media and workplace learning.

Dr Rory Ewins

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I’m a Lecturer in E-learning at the School of Education, and also the school’s Academic Co-ordinator in E-learning. Previously, I was Research Fellow in ICT Policy and Strategy at SCROLLA, Advisor on IT Policy to the Australian Vice Chancellor’s Committee, and support officer for the Australian government’s Higher Education IT Consultative Forum. My 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. I write about these and too many other subjects on my personal site

Tim Fawns

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Within the School of Education, I am a part-time PhD student and a tutor on Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning. Additionally, I am the e-learning coordinator for Clinical Psychology in the School of Health in Social Science. My research interests include the influence of technology on episodic memory, as well as in the dynamics of online collaboration.

Professor Jeff Haywood

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I am Professor of Education and Technology in the School of Education, and Vice Principal of Knowledge Management and Chief Information Officer for the University. My 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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I am Professor of Higher Education in the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Assessment (TLA) at the School of Education, and Vice Principal for Academic Enhancement for the University. I’m course leader for Online Assessment, and also enjoy contributing in various ways to the Postgraduate Certificate in University Teaching and supervising doctoral students. My research interests lie in investigating student and staff experiences of learning and teaching in higher education, and in the contribution of assessment to enhancing the quality of learning

Jeremy Knox

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I am a PhD student with the School of Education and tutor on ‘Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning’ and ‘E-learning and Digital Cultures’. My 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. I am also interested in the ways in which established epistemologies and methodologies in educational research relate to digitally mediated learning programmes, and more generally with emerging cultures online.

Fiona Littleton

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I am an e-Learning Advisor, specialising in Online Distance Learning, Virtual Worlds and Collaborative Online Media, in Information Services in the University of Edinburgh. I am also the Second Life Support Officer for the MSc in Digital Education programme, course tutor on Introduction to Digital Game Based Learning and a guest tutor on Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning. My research interests include virtual worlds in education, videogame-based learning and student learning. I also coordinate the Virtual Graduation for the MSc programme.

Dr Hamish Macleod

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I am a Senior Lecturer within the Institute for Education, Community and Society (ECS), and Programme Selector for the MSc. My 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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Clara O’Shea

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I’m an Associate Lecturer in the School of Education. I am coordinator for the Online Assessment course and teach on the Course Design and Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning courses.  My  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

I am a Lecturer in the School of Education, and the Programme and Technical Director of the MSc in Digital Education. I also lead Digital Futures for Learning and Research Methods, and teach on the E-learning and Digital Cultures and Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning courses. My research interests include online learning, place and space, digital identity, reflective practices and cultural and educational institutions online. 

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Philippa Sheail

Philippa Sheail

I am a PhD student in the School of Education, undertaking research on institution and identity in online distance education, interested in all aspects of the ‘digital university’.  I also have an interest in the role of the ‘digital library’ in higher education, having previously worked for the Scottish Digital Library Consortium.  I am a graduate of the MSc in E-learning (2010) and I currently co-tutor on the Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning (IDEL).

Dr Christine Sinclair

I am a Lecturer in E-Learning. For several years, I’ve been interested in how students respond to higher education. I became a student on the MSc in E-Learning at Edinburgh University in 2006 to research the student experience of digital environments. By the time I graduated in 2010, I was hooked and when the post of Lecturer in E-Learning in the School of Education came up, I was quick to apply. My background is in Philosophy and Education, but an earlier piece of research into the student experience also gave me an HNC in Mechanical Engineering. My research particularly focuses on the effects of language in changing environments.