The programme teaching team are experienced and committed online teachers, active researchers and renowned practitioners in the field.

Team Grid

Sian Bayne is Professor of Digital Education and Assistant Principal for Digital Education at the University of Edinburgh. She directs the Centre for Research in Digital Education, supervises dissertation students on the MSc in Digital Education, and is course leader and co-tutor on ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’. Her research interests revolve around the changes undergoing learning and teaching as it shifts online – current particular interests are critical approaches to teacher automation, open and distance education, and the application of theory from the humanities and social sciences to digital education.

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

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 for 'Wider Themes in Digital Education' and he teaches on ‘Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning’. 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. 

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. 

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

Dragan Gasevic is Professor in Learning Analytics and Informatics in a joint appointment between the School of Education and the School of Informatics. He is interested in computational methods that can shape next-generation learning and software technologies and advance our understanding of information seeking, sense-making, and self-regulated and social learning. He is course leader for ‘Learning analytics: process and theory’.

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.

Jeremy Knox is a lecturer in Digital Education. He is course leader for ‘Education and Digital Culture’ and ‘Research Methods’, and also teaches on ‘Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning’. Jeremy has also taught on the programme’s Massive Open Online Course, EDCMOOC. His research interests include critical posthumanism, new materialism, critical data and algorithm studies, and the implications of such thinking for education and educational research. Jeremy is the author of 'Posthumanism and the Massive Open Online Course' with Routledge.

James Lamb

James is an ESRC-funded PhD student in the Centre for Research in Digital Education. He contributes to the Assessment and Learning in Digital Environments course on the subject of multimodality within assessment, which is the focus of his Doctoral Research. He has previously contributed as a tutor on the Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning course and, working with other members of the Digital Education team, has undertaken research into the learning spaces of online students.


Hamish Macleod is a Senior Lecturer in the Institute for Education, Community and Society. 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.

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 supporting academics' development as teachers in higher education. She is an active researcher with a particular interest in students' and academics' experiences and identities in higher education. Velda does most of her teaching online and much prefers that to face-to-face. 

Clara O’Shea is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Education. She is course leader for ‘Assessment, learning and digital education’, and co-tutors on ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’ and 'Understanding learning in the online environment'. 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).

Nicola Osborne is the Digital Education Manager for EDINA, a JISC-funded Data Centre based at the University of Edinburgh. She tutors on the ‘Introduction to digital environments for learning’ course.

Jen Ross is Senior Lecturer in Digital Education, co-director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education, 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.

Phil Sheail is Programme Co-Director of the MSc in Digital Education, and a Lecturer in Digital Education 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, social theories of time, and libraries.  She has a particular interest in narrative, ethnographic and visual research methods.

Christine Sinclair is Programme Co-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.