Team

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.

Dr 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.

Within the School of Education, Tim is a tutor on ‘Assessment, Learning and Digital Education’, and supervises MSc Digital Education dissertations and PhDs. He is an associate of the  Centre for Research in Digital Education. Additionally, he is an Academic Coordinator for the MSc in Clinical Education in Edinburgh Medical School. His research interests include the relationship between technology and memory; distributed cognition, sociomateriality and assessment; and the dynamics of online collaboration.

Dragan Gašević is Professor of Learning Analytics in the Faculty of Education and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. Before his current post (Feb 2015-Feb 2018), he was Professor and Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics at the University of Edinburgh. 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’.

Jeremy is a Lecturer in Digital Education and Co-Director of the Centre for Research in Digital Education (Data Society). He leads the ‘Education and Digital Cultures’ course, and the ‘Introduction to Social Research Methods’ MOOC on edX, while also teaching on Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning. Jeremy also taught on the programme’s EDCMOOC with Coursera. His research interests include critical posthumanism, open education, and data-intensive technologies in teaching and learning. Jeremy is the author of Posthumanism and the Massive Open Online Course: Contaminating the Subject of Global Education (https://www.routledge.com/products/9781138940826) 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 an Honorary Fellow with the School of Education. He has recently retired from his main teaching role, but continues to make contributions to teaching, research supervision and educational development.  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.

Clara O’Shea is an Associate Lecturer in the School of Education. She is course leader for ‘Assessment, learning and digital education’, ‘Introduction to digital game-based learning’ and 'Understanding learning in the online environment’, as well as tutoring on ‘An introduction to digital environments for learning’. Her research interests coalesce around identity development in digital environments, drawing on the psychology of learning, play and game-based learning, as well as assessment and feedback).

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 Director of the MSc in Digital 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, organisational theory, and libraries.  She has a particular interest in narrative, ethnographic and visual research methods.

Christine Sinclair is an Honorary Fellow 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.