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            COLLEGE OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCE

                Planning and Resources Committee, 17 March 2008



                       E-learning sources and resources



Please note that this report is not exhaustive. It summarises the information I have been
able to find to date.

I hope to make some of the information available on the University wiki to enable CHSS
staff to update/alter/amend as appropriate.




Charlotte Waelde
March 2008.




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E-learning sources and resources

   1.   Information Services

E-learning and IS Skills Development. Section within Library User Services
Division
Team of seven
Give support and advice on the adoption, application and support of e-assessment tools,
VLEs/MLEs and e-portfolios. The team does not directly carry out project or
development work for individual academics.

Nora Mogey                            e-learning Manager

Wilma Alexander                       e-learning services manager

Robert Chmielewski                    e-portfolio project officer

Mark Findlay                          E-learning advisor
                                      On-line testing of e-assessment tools –
                                      Questionmark, Respondus etc.

Wesley Kerr                           E-assessment manager – Questionmark;
                                      Respondus etc.

Jo Kinsley                            E-learning advisor
                                      Support for Web CT

Susan Beasley                         E-learning advisor
                                      Lesson Builder Software.
                                      Staff training.
                                      Developing e-learning

IS applications division
Stephen Vickers                       Carrying out a review of WebCT and
                                      other VLEs.

IS support
Denny Colledge                        Information Skills Librarian for the College of
                                      Humanities and Social Sciences; experience in
                                      library management, information technologies and
                                      information skills training, with particular interest
                                      in the support of distance learners, widening
                                      access and delivery to non-traditional user groups.

Points
    How does CHSS feed into strategic decision making in the area of e-learning
       within IS?
    Does the IS team deliver what is wanted by Schools in CHSS? What do Schools
       in CHSS want?
    Is the balance right between IS piloting and developing potential new
       technologies (such as the use of SMS messaging for students) and that of


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       ensuring that basic e-learning skills are developed and can be used by academics
       for the benefit of students? How is the strategy formulated?
      How are innovative tools/developments/ideas developed locally transferred to
       being a central resources if the innovation is seen as a useful resource?
      What about expertise buy-out for developments?
      Technical/academic interface isn‟t always clear – often people have idea of
       pedagogically what they want to achieve but no idea how to achieve it
      To what extent should pedagogic support be available centrally.


HSS support. Section in IT User Services
Abdul Majothi              Academic Liaison Director
                           Liaison with senior management – strategic role (50%)
                           Operational (50%)

Chris Kant                    Computing support officer with one third time role to
                              assist with e-learning

E-learning queries from academics and postgraduate students may first be directed to
School Computing officers or to Abdul‟s team. This team will liaise if necessary with
the e-learning and IS skills development section.

Questions most often asked of HSS support team
   1. What is e-learning?
   2. What resources are there for developing my project?
   3. Technical questions – something is not working properly

Points
    How does the CHSS team interface with expertise at School level?
    What is the correct balance between support at IS, CHSS and School level?
    How are technologists and academic staff and students supported in terms of
       training and advice.


Student Support Team. Section within Library User Services.

Noel Miller
http://www.students.ucs.ed.ac.uk/helpdesk/student/system/show.cfm

Student Support Web Helpdesk pages.
By clicking on the links below you can find quick answers to your questions or take more
time to learn about computers and software by working through the online tutorials.
Topics
1. Libraries and Open-Access Computer Labs
2. Online University of Edinburgh Resources
3. Basic Computer Use
4. Software in the Open-Access Computer Labs
5. Your Own Computer
6. eSkills Seminar Programme




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Note also that there is a student help desk in the Main Library.

Points
    Is there liaison between the student support desk and those developing „e‟
       projects with the intention of ensuring that students are equipped with the
       necessary skills to make full use of the innovations?
    If an undergraduate student wishes to utilise innovative forms of „e‟ technology
       in their work, where would they go for help?
    To what extent is there overlap or not with local innovations?

2. CHSS Schools
Computing Officers and e-learning specialists (including those with a wider role
in ‘e’ activities – e.g. marketing)

ARTS, CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT
Architecture, history of art, music

Alice Crossland                    Website
Geoff Lee                          Assistant Computing Officer
Ian Gunn                           Computing Officer

DIVINITY
Jessie Paterson                    Computing Officer
                                   Proactive in e-learning initiatives mainly on-campus but
                                   moving towards eCPD and distance learning

EDUCATION
(Taken from page showing team involved in MSc in e-learning
http://www.education.ed.ac.uk/e-learning/team.htm)

Jen Ross                           Technical co-ordinator for the MSc in E-learning
                                   programme, and also a guest tutor on the Introduction to
                                   Digital Environments for Learning course

Fiona Littleton                    Active in SecondLife development for Education, and
                                   others.

HEALTH IN SOCIAL SCIENCE
Centre for International Public Health Policy, Clinical Psychology, and Counselling Studies and
Nursing Studies,

Tim Fawns                          eLearning developer (MSc and Doctorate in Clinical
                                   Psychology and MSc in Child Adolescent Psychology
Sarah Millar                       eLearning Research Associate (MSc in Child and
                                   Adolescent Psychology)

HISTORY, CLASSICS AND ARCHAEOLOGY
History, Economic and Social History, Scottish History, Classics and Archaeology

Karen Howie                        Computing Officer/e-learning specialist



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                                   Moved from Science and Engineering and is
                                   knowledgeable about e-initiatives including the „clicker‟

Stuart Nicol                       e-learning support
                                   Just been appointed to the PELF project to develop
                                   distance learning (MSC in History and Landscape) for
                                   Richard Roger and Bob Morris

LAW
Nick Dyson                         Computing officer
                                   Takes pro-active role in e.g. giving tutorials on
                                   powerpoint; use of technology in moot court room etc.

Erin Jackson                       Distance Learning Manager
                                   Oversight of the e and distance learning activities taking
                                   place within the school – currently mainly in the ARHC
                                   Research Centre with Distance Learning Postgraduate
                                   Programmes; eCPD; the use of eSCRIPT (VLE) by on-
                                   campus students

Vacancy                            e-learning Administrative Assistant
                                   Undertakes administration for Distance learning and
                                   eCPD programmes

Liza Bagley                        Marketing Officer
                                   For distance learning and eCPD as well as on-campus
                                   postgraduate courses

LITERATURES, LANGUAGES AND CULTURES
Celtic and Scottish Studies, English Literature, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies and Asian Studies
(Chinese, Japanese and Sanskrit) and European Languages and Cultures (French, German, Hispanic
Studies, Italian, Russian and Scandinavian Studies)

No computing officers

Mourad Diouri                              E-learning technologist. PELF employed. On-
                                           line support for intensive Arabic language
                                           acquisition (2007/08)

MANAGEMENT SCHOOL AND ECONOMICS
(to be renamed SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS)

Cameron Dishington                         Computing Officer
Darren Crawford                            E-learning technologist

PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY AND LANGUAGE SCIENCES
Philosophy; Psychology; Linguistics and English Language;

Linguistics
Cedric MacMartin                           Computing Officers
Morag Brown


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Mike Bennett
Eddie Dubourg

Psychology
Mike Allerhand
Alan Marshall

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL STUDIES
Politics and International Relations; Social Anthropology, Social Policy, Social Work and Sociology.
Science Studies Unit; Research Centre for Social Sciences; Institute of Governance; ESRC Centre for
Social and Economic Research on Innovation in Genomics (INNOGEN); Centres of African Studies,
Canadian Studies and South Asian Studies.

Keith Brown                                E-learning PELF funded
Ian McNeill                                Computing Officer

Social Work
Francis Emmerson                           e-learning development officer

Other computing officers in CHSS (via IS team).
Paul Caban                       Management
Alan Wilson                      Management
Robert Gormley                   Student Support
Alan Hill                        SSPS
Alastair Dodds                   Education
Fiona Vine                       Education


Points
    Are there any computing officers/e-learning specialists who should be included

3. Academics interested in/involved with e-learning plus some information on ‘e’
activities within Schools taken, where available, from School reports to
Computing Strategy Committee (17 December 2007).

ARTS, CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT
Robert Dow              Computing Committee Convenor

Richard Coyne                              INFRAR.ED project (interconnected Freeware
                                           Artefacts Edinburgh) The Infrar.Ed multimedia
                                           database project (spawned from an E-Learning
                                           grant in 2005) continues to be a great success,
                                           showcasing work from the varied Graduate
                                           School MSc courses.

Richard Coyne
John Lee                                   The Graduate School has a significant presence
                                           on the VUE island in Second Life, with MSc and
                                           research projects investigating the bridging of
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Fiona McLachlan                        Use of perception for assessment.

Remo Pedreschi                         Enhancement and Development of 1st and 2nd
                                       year courses in Technology and Environment
                                       (2006/07) (with Heriot Watt)
                                       Architecture, Construction and Industrialisation
                                       (P00351) (with Heriot Watt)

John Brennan                           MSc in Architectural Project Management (with
                                       Heriot Watt University)
                                       Dissertation [M.Sc in Architectural
                                       Project Management] (P00332)
                                       Architecture and Sustainability (P00333)
                                       Design, Value and Architecture (P00349)

DIVINITY

David Reimer                           Computing Committee Convenor

„Work has continued on the use of blogs and a series of flash animated maps has been
produced. The pilot look at podcasts has shown that this is at least for the present does
not merit further work. The planned looked at online essay-type assessment has been
delayed (funding is being sought to investigate this area further). The School is involved
in a major JISC-funded cross-College project looking at learner experiences across the
first year. The outcomes of this will be of major interest for future planning‟. „The School
will also continue to investigate methods for online assessment and in particular stream-
line online essay-submissions. The School has implemented a solely online IT Skills
module that will become compulsory for all first entry UG students from 2008/09‟.


Jane Dawson
Kirsty Murray                          also a committee member ELPP
                                       People, Prelates and Purgatory: Religious
                                       Perspectives in Late Medieval Scotland (2003/04)

Sara Parvis                            Using animated maps and blogging to enhance
                                       understanding in history (2006/07)

Hannah Holtschneider                   podcasts (joint work with Physics), use of web 2.0

EDUCATION
Jen Ross                                 e-portfolio Research and Development in
                                         Education (ERDE) 2005/06

Lindsay Paterson                         Preparation of Interactive Website for EdD
                                         Programme (2005/06)

Sian Bayne                               MSc in E-learning by Distance Learning
Hamish McLeod
Rory Ewins
Brian Martin


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Velda McCune
Clara O‟Shea
Ruby Rennie
Jen Ross
Fiona Littleton
Jeff Haywood
Dai Hounsell

Rowena Arshad                         On-line Module in Equality, Diversity and Anti-
                                      discrimination(2007/08)

Ruby Rennie                           Med. Teaching English to speakers of other
                                      languages. It is offered as 100% contact mode
                                      over twelve months or mixed mode (2 summer
                                      sessions) and by distance learning, on-line e-
                                      learning in the intervening year.

Gavin Reid                            Literacy and Dyslexia - Planning and Designing
                                      Interventions (ED1156) (with OU)

Jeff Haywood                          E-learning strategy and policy (P01539)

                                      ICT and teacher education.
Brian Cosford
Mike Quickfall
Tom Conlon

Jim Crowther
John Bamber (Community Education) active in online approaches to education

Jo Inchley                            Deputy Director, CAHRU

HEALTH IN SOCIAL SCIENCE
Matthias Schwannauer     Computing Committee Convenor

„Below is a review of the e-Learning activity over the past year.
Clinical Psychology:
Established e-Learning components for two postgraduate programmes:
- MSc in Applied Psychology for Children and Young People
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology
The MSc programme also provides reflective logs and activity blogs for CPD and
development is underway on e-Portfolios. An increased amount of material is now
prepared for e-Learning delivery and advances have been made in relation to the
facilitation of social learning through discussion boards. The pace of such developments
is limited by the availability of e-Learning support resources and time pressures on
academic staff.
WebCT provides a barrier for the effective use of existing e-Learning provision as a lot
of Clinical Psychology students are dependent to access WebCT from NHS bases where
they are on placement; WebCt is not accessible from most of these bases due to a lack of
an effective interface. We are therefore forced to consider alternative platforms to host
the e-learning component of programmes within Clinical Psychology.


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Nursing Studies
Establishment of e-Learning provision for both undergraduate and masters; currently we
are running a masters and undergraduate course online with developments for several
more throughout the year; we aim to establish a complete online masters programme.
Ongoing work includes:
- We introduced ePortfolios to undergraduates with plans to do same for masters and to
incorporate PDP and assessment.
- We have started an integrated IT programme for the undergraduates incorporating
wikis, online discussion, multimedia presentation skills.
- Barriers are staff training time, and staff development time.
Counselling Studies
Have started work on a phased introduction of WebCT to support the face to face work
that goes on in the subject area.
Centre for International Public Health Policy
CIPHP plans to make available its MSc programmes in global health & public policy,
health inequalities & public policy, and health systems & public policy via e-learning.
These will be rolled out from September 2008, with at least 60 credits available in
2008-09. Once material is available online, it is planned to use it to develop CPD and
knowledge transfer, as well as to support on-site provision. It is envisaged that there will
be a post with specific e-learning responsibilities to ensure that all material is suitably
prepared and presented for e-learning.
It is not envisaged that this will necessitate much extra IT for CIPHP. Some software
may be required, in discussion with IS or MALTS. There may be the requirement for an
extra PC for an e-learning post, and perhaps for a scanner or other small hardware.
Technical support will be requested as necessary from MALTS, IS, or the Online
Distance Learning Unit. It may be that more staff will use VPN if they have to access
files remotely.

eLearning objectives
- A need for school and departmental eLearning strategies and objectives has been
identified. These will be developed in conjunction with overall teaching and learning
strategies.
- Appraisal of options for assignments being submitted online so that students can
submit remotely, teaching staff can pick up remotely, reduction in paper use.
- Greater use of discussion boards by lecturers and students. Staff can save some time by
directing FAQs here and reinvest that time to monitor other discussion threads.
- ePortfolios development.
- Look into closer integration with face-to-face teaching.
- Putting MSc onto secure web space to remove NHS access obstacle. This may also be
implemented on the doctorate in clinical psychology eLearning modules.
Staff training
- There is a need to provide general eLiteracy training for academic staff to enable them
to create effective independent and collaborative learning environments online.
- We are looking at the possibility of sharing development with the School of History,
Classics and Archaeology of the following:
o Good practice guidelines for developing online assessment items, lecture slides,
structuring course content, using discussion boards.
o Online tutorials featuring introductory theory, examples of good practice, a discussion
board for staff to raise concerns and questions. Induction sessions introducing staff to
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o Events featuring speakers from our school and other schools, showing examples of
what can be done in similar subject areas.
There is also a need for coordination of eLearning development across our school
and possibilities for a school wide e-Learning support post have been discussed.

Anne Robertson                          Actively pursuing the development of eportfolios
                                        and elearning for Nursing studies

Tim Fawns                               eLearning developer (MSc and Doctorate in
                                        Clinical Psychology and MSc in Child Adolescent
                                        Psychology
Sarah Millar                            eLearning Research Associate (MSc in Child and
                                        Adolescent Psychology)

Graeme Smith                            At the earliest stage of possible development
Elaine Haycock-Stewart                  of a 'foundation' award for Nursing (up to 120
                                        credits at level 9/10 probably), to prepare
                                        Neonatal Nurses for PG studies.

Caroline Watt                   Developing on-line eCPD


HISTORY, CLASSICS AND ARCHAEOLOGY
Lloyd Llewellyn Jones     Computing Committee Convenor

„In the 2007-2008 academic year, we have 111 courses with either a course website or
a WebCT area to support the course. Fifteen of these spaces are currently empty with
little activity. The 96 other areas are being used – with use ranging from an assistance
with administration to a very comprehensive course site, providing interactivity (such as
discussion forums, submission of online work, signing up for tutorial groups, etc).
Postgraduates can now submit course work via WebCT rather than in printed copy‟.

„Within the School, we plan to develop an advice service to help support staff in using
the eLearning tools available around the University, whether helping them to get started
or to develop highly interactive content. We plan to create two exemplary eLearning
courses – one campus-based (Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones‟ course on Ancient Persia) and a
distance learning course (Richard Rodger‟s MSc). Through these developments we will:
     develop good practice guidelines to help staff
     encourage consistency in our offerings to keep our eLearning offerings simple to
        find and use (for both students and staff)
     make more use of centrally available tools such as WebCT, eAssessment tools
        such as QuestionMark Perception, Confluence, Turnitin, etc.
We expect the demand to use these tools and to put material online will expand over the
next few years.

eLearning has specific advantages for bigger classes. The eLearning Officer intends to
start looking at larger first-year courses and initially providing support to staff on these
courses. This will be specifically looking at the types of tasks in which eLearning might
provide some administrative time saving or an effective improvement on the student‟s
learning experience, to compensate for some of the face-to-face support it is not always
possible to provide.


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The School has two new, large honours courses – History in Practice and History in
Theory – which will have an online presence. These courses are currently being planned.
The School hopes to be able to bid for funding to investigate the feasibility and
usefulness of the creation of support material for fieldwork and labs. This might
incorporate:
     Digitising especially interesting pieces from the Childe Collection (a collection of
       important archaeological artefacts used in teaching) or the Classics Cast
       collection
     „Virtual Arthur‟s Seat‟ – preparing the students for field work, supporting them
       on site and giving them access to revision material. This type of idea might then
       be expanded and used in other subject areas.

Many staff do not have access to software which will allow them to take advantage of
using eLearning tools. As a School we hope to get involved with central discussions
about how tools should be used most effectively and purchase software required by staff
to allow them to be involved with eLearning but with fewer problems. This may be as
simple as purchasing a PPT compressor or Adobe Acrobat Pro to allow lecture notes to
be put online to as complex as Flash to allow interactive maps to be developed. In
addition, we plan to Contribute to the central IS project on the „Next-Generation VLE‟,
to ensure the School‟s requirements are represented‟.

Richard Roger
Bob Morris                               Landscape and History: Design, Development
                                         and Delivery of Distance Learning Courses
                                         (2007/08)

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones                    Ancient Persia



LAW
Richard Jones                          Computing Committee Convenor
                                       Pro-active in leading web developments (e.g.
                                       Google analytics)

Charlotte Waelde                       CHSS e-learning Special Advisor
                                       Programme Director Postgraduate
                                       Degrees in Law by Distance Learning
Graeme Laurie                          Academics involved in delivery of distance
Abbe Brown                             learning degree and eCPD
Burkhard Schafer
Andres Guadamuz
Gerard Porter


LITERATURES, LANGUAGES AND CULTURES
Andrew Newman           Computing Committee Convenor

„There has been an increase in student demand for and use of WebCT-based materials
among UG students, especially the first-year cohort. PG familiarity and ease with


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WebCT-type facilities continues to be uneven. Staff ease with and awareness of
developments in WebCT and, especially, its full capabilities, is also uneven.‟

Jon Usher                             Learning and Support System for Year Abroad
                                      Foreign Languages Students (2005/06)

Peter Dayan                           Comprehensive on-line grammar teaching strategy
                                      for Modern European Languages at Edinburgh
                                      (2006/07)

Robert Hillenbrand                    Online support for intensive Arabic language
                                      acquisition (2007/08)


Natascha Gentz                        The First Emperor: Development of On-line
                                      education (2007/08)


MANAGEMENT SCHOOL AND ECONOMICS
(to be renamed SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS)
Paul Caban,                             School IS Manager Computing Committee
                                        Convenor
„Within the eLearning area, the School continues to innovate and use emerging
technologies, including ePortfolios, Second Life, and Streaming Media. And following on
from the University‟s performance in the National Student Survey, we have identified a
need for better management of feedback statistics, particularly in allowing comparison of
information across programmes and courses‟.

Ian Graham                            E-learning support for Foundational Business
                                      Studies (2005/06)

Stuart Sayer                          Enhancing WebCT based learning and assessment
                                      in Economics (2006/07)

Eddie Cochrane
Mary Scotney                          Exploring use of e-portfolios

PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY AND LANGUAGE SCIENCES
Morag Brown             PPLS Computing Coordinator
Alice Turk              Computing Committee Convenor,

Martin Corley                         Courseware for experimental design (2003/04)

Matthias Schwannauer                  Academic Project leader
Sarah Miller RA                       responsibility for online components
                                      MSc applied Psychology (within clinical
                                      psychology). On-line course using WebCT (not
                                      distance learning)

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL STUDIES
Ian McNeill              Computing Officer


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Jonathan Spencer                   Developing a set of modular web-based units to
                                   replace and enhance the existing course provision
                                   in research methods (2004/05)

Viv Cree                           (need to check – no information on website) MSc
                                   and CPD programmes in social work

Susan Wallace                      MSc Advanced Social Work Studies in Criminal
                                   Justice
                                   Skills in Practice and Management. Management
                                   and Practice Options (P00514)
                                   Research Methods and Evaluation (P00513)
                                   Social Work Services and Models (P00512)
                                   Understanding and Responding to Criminal
                                   Behaviour (P00510)
                                   Criminal Justice in Law and Social
                                   Policy (P00508)

4. Distance Learning Initiatives

On-line Distance Learning Unit (ODLU)
Led by David Dewhurst (MVM) with Jake Broadhurst (MVM). Have employed a
marketing manager – Rachel Ballantyne
Intend to offer services to develop business plans and market distance learning
programmes. Funding: 20% fee top-slice on new programmes (which would otherwise
go to the University). Business strategy currently being developed.

Distance Learning Initiatives in CHSS
Fully distance learning degrees; eCPD; courses offered to students at a distance

ARTS, CULTURE AND ENVIRONMENT
John Brennan            MSc in Architectural Project Management (with
                        Heriot Watt University)
                        Dissertation [M.Sc in Architectural
                        Project Management] (P00332)
                        Architecture and Sustainability (P00333)
                        Design, Value and Architecture (P00349)

Dr Remo Pedreschi                  Architecture, Construction and Industrialisation
                                   (P00351)

DIVINITY
Jessie Paterson                    Proposals to develop Masters programme –
                                   starting with eCPD

EDUCATION
Sian Bayne                         MSC e-learning

Ruby Rennie                        Med. Teaching English to speakers of other
                                   languages


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HEALTH IN SOCIAL SCIENCE
Jeff Collin              Centre for International Public Health Policy.
                         Proposals to develop eCPD leading to a full
                         Masters degree. From September 2008: MSc
                         global Health and Public Policy; MSc Health
                         Systems and Public Policy. From 2009 MSc
                         Health Inequalities and Public Policy.

Graeme Smith
Elaine Haycock-Stewart              Embryonic proposals to develop Masters
                                    programme in Nursing Studies

HISTORY, CLASSICS AND ARCHAEOLOGY
Richard Roger, Bob Morris Landscape and History: Design, Development
                          and Delivery of Distance Learning Courses
                          (2007/08)

LAW
Charlotte Waelde                    Distance Learning Postgraduate Degree
                                    Programmes x 4; eCPD (Medical Law and Ethics)

LITERATURES, LANGUAGES AND CULTURES
Natascha Gentz          First Emperor (Chinese Studies) PELF funded
                        project to develop on-line distance learning eCPD

Theodore (Dory) Scaltsas            Interested in developing Distance Learning
                                    Programme

MANAGEMENT SCHOOL AND ECONOMICS
(to be renamed SCHOOL OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS)

???

PHILOSOPHY, PSYCHOLOGY AND LANGUAGE SCIENCES

???

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL STUDIES
Susan Wallace            MSc
                         Skills in Practice and Management. Management
                         and Practice Options (P00514)
                         Research Methods and Evaluation (P00513)
                         Social Work Services and Models (P00512)
                         Understanding and Responding to Criminal
                         Behaviour (P00510)
                         Criminal Justice in Law and Social
                         Policy (P00508)

Points
    Are these all of the distance learning/on-line/eCPD courses we know about?


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       Are there any other proposals?

General Point

Some Schools seem well served with e-learning specialists. Law, Divinity and History,
Classics and Archaeology being prime examples. Other Schools, such as Education and
Social and Political Science(?) have a number of e-learning initiatives but within discrete
areas and where support is provided at local level only.

Philosophy, Psychology and Language science seems well served by computing officers –
but it is not clear the extent to which they may be involved in e initiatives. ACE, Health
in Social Science, Management School and Economics and Languages Literatures and
Cultures seem to have no general expertise in e-learning although all are involved in
some way in e-learning projects either through funded projects and/or distance learning
initiatives.



E-learning expertise within Schools is at present a mix of
     Information Services
     CHSS
     School provision
     Staff employed via funded projects

5. Committees of relevance to e and distance learning

E-learning steering group (Charlotte Waelde – one more meeting to go)

E-learning committee (now Learning Technology) (Stephen Tierney (Law), Hamish
Macleod (Education))

CHSS Computing Committee Convenor (Dr Lyn Collins (Executive Dean)) (Charlotte
Waelde)

Knowledge Strategy Committee (Janet Rennie and Lindsay Paterson (Education))

Research Computing Advisory Group (Abdul Majothi, Hector MacQueen (Law) and
David Reimer (Divinity))

Computing Regulation Committee

Estates Advisory Group (EPAG) Dr Lyn Collins, HSS Executive Dean

IS Committee
Learning and Teaching Spaces Advisory Group (Stephen Tierney, Tom Ward, Hamish
Macleod)

CHSS Undergraduate Studies Committee

CHSS Postgraduate Studies Committee



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New group
IS Communications Group. Convenor Sheila Cannell. Membership to include academic
liaison directors (Adbul Majothi) Nick Stroud with „cross representation from the IS web
group‟.

6. Miscellaneous

Discussion Fora and committees

E-learning Professionals and Practitioners Forum (ELPP)
Convener: Michael Begg - http://elearningforum.ed.ac.uk/
Aims
    Personal and Professional development of eLearning professionals and
       practitioners
    Networking opportunities for employees recognising themselves as either
       eLearning
    professionals or practitioners
    To provide support for “eLearning adopters” teaching staff with interest but little
       experience in using eLearning
    To identify, where possible, opportunities for research that would increase the
       empirical base of eLearning

Karen Howie, Kirsty Murray, Jessie Paterson, Sian Bayne and Erin Jackson

IT Professionals Forum (ITPF)
Convener; James Jarvis - http://www.ucs.ed.ac.uk/ucsinfo/cttees/itforum/
Aims
    The Forum exists to promote the interests, achievements and attainments of the
       University's IT staff.

IT futures group (previously Stargazing group)
Convener: Jean Ritchie (IS) - http://www.itfutures.ed.ac.uk/

Office of Lifelong Learning and Institute for Applied Language Studies

Offers on-line courses. Two available at present.

Louise Hayward, Vin Odey              Animal Issues Online: Companion Animal
                                      Welfare (In association with the SSPCA)

Cuna Ekmekcioglu                      Web Design and Accessibility (run under the
                                      auspices of the Disability Office).

Information Services websites

E-learning news and events

http://www.elearn.malts.ed.ac.uk/events/index.phtml




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This section carries information about events associated with eLearning, and links to
eLearning news and updates.

eLearning News

Distance and on-line learning information

http://www.elearn.malts.ed.ac.uk/distance/index.phtml

This section aims to provide information and support for staff wishing to explore ways
of providing distance and online learning.

Learning Resource Centre
Manager David Findlay - http://www.lrc.ed.ac.uk/

The Learning and Resource Centre (LRC) provides specialist IT resources in a relatively
quiet and spacious environment. We aim to facilitate access to IT based knowledge, and
foster the learning of user skills. Our resources are provided on a self-service basis with
support staff available at core times; we also provide support through our website and by
email.

TLA Centre at the University of Edinburgh
http://www.tla.ed.ac.uk/
TLA is increasingly involved with teaching and learning projects which involve an
element of e-learning.




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