The School of Education's key news items published in 2009.
The University of Edinburgh's Moray House School of Education broke new ground on 26 November by holding part of its Winter Graduation programme in the virtual world Second Life.
Students on the School of Education's MSc in E Learning programme were able to graduate virtually at a ceremony broadcast in the University's McEwan Hall, while the Principal led a round of applause from those graduating in person to the Second Life graduates.
Fiona Littleton, a Research Associate at the School of Education, commented that, "This is the first time this has been attempted at the University," and added that, "Students download edrobes and University of Edinburgh hoods for their avatars to wear during the graduation event, and everyone attended a celebratory reception."
Student Youenn Leborgne, who will be awarded his degree at the virtual graduation, said: "Holding the ceremony in Second Life is a great idea, especially on a distance learning course. This kind of innovation is what I've loved about studying at Edinburgh."
Four students graduated in Second Life, from as far afield as Paris, Tokyo, Devon and Fife.
Edublog Award for Best Educational Use of a Virtual World:
A large suite of over 25 equality and inclusion CPD courses (for teachers and education professionals) has been launched at the Moray House School of Education.
Congratulations and welcome to Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson who has received a prestigious Nuffield Early Career Development Fellowship.
Dr Sue Fletcher-Watson is an early career researcher with a background in cognitive psychology who will be joining Moray House School of Education from Newcastle University. Her proposed research project will develop a computer-mediated intervention targeting social attention and awareness in children with autism spectrum disorders and assess its impact on adaptive and cognitive abilities.
The project is a partnership with Professor Helen McConachie, a clinical and research psychologist at Newcastle University with extensive experience in intervention research. The partners will collaborate with a team of information technology experts, led by Dr Helen Pain at the University of Edinburgh and with Professor Anne O'Hare, a consultant paediatrician at the University of Edinburgh, who will support recruitment for the project.
It is hoped that the project will make a significant contribution to translational research, furthering both understanding of the development of social attention in autism as well as contributing to clinical practice and education.
An exhibition of computing hardware and software, together with recollections from staff, was held in the Exhibition Room, Reception/Nursery School. It ran from Tuesday 5th May to Thursday 7th May 2009. Materials from the time of the setting up of the Moray House Computer Centre in 1970 to the College's facilities at the time of the merger with the University in 1998 were on display.
This fascinating collection, compiled by Hugh Perfect and Alan Dowell, brought back some happy memories of computing back in the in the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Congratulations to a number of Moray House BEd Primary Education students who have successfully raised £1600 towards the British Heart Foundation Scotland's Edinburgh and Lothians Heart Nurse Appeal.
Motivated by the tragic death of their friend and fellow Moray House BEd student, Ashleigh Hughes who died in 2008 aged 20, the group decided to plan a fundraising event for the BHF Scotland.
One of the Moray House fundraisers, Louise Davis, commented that "heart disease is something that we have all heard of but recent personal experience has shown us that it is a real issue that really does touch all of us, and it can affect anyone."
The group organised a disco at the Pleasance Student Union Cabaret Bar on Saturday 21 February aiming to raise £500. The fact that this target more than tripled reflects the effort of all students and supporters who helped make this event a success.
Louise added that "we're really pleased that this money can go towards the Edinburgh and Lothian's appeal to provide a Heart Failure Nurse Educator," and "as we're going into teaching ourselves it feels right that this money should go towards educating people'"
Dr Jim O'Brien, Head of Moray House School of Education, commented that "this tremendous achievement by the students will help many others suffering from heart disease in Scotland and acts as a great tribute to Ashleigh."
The Moray House fundraising students were: Emma Barrie, Karyn Blake, Lorna Campbell, Louise Davies, Laura Houston, Lindsey Hughes, Erin Hunter, Mark Lambert, Joanna Mitchell and Claire Pringle.
For further information about the work of the British Heart Foundation Scotland, please visit the British Heart Foundation Scotland website.
This article was published on Jan 7, 2013