13-16 July 2017, University of Warwick, UK
Colleagues from the Centre are collaborating in an exciting new cross-disciplinary research project led by the School of Geosciences at Edinburgh, which will be researching new ways to respond to earthquake and aftershock in crisis regions.
In partnership with Concern Worldwide, the University of Ulster, University of Plymouth, Leeds Beckett University and the British Geological Survey, we will be looking at how we might design educational interventions to help people make decisions before, during and after earthquake.
Our colleague and doctoral student James Lamb has written about the recent Digital Education walking seminar (led by James with Jeremy Knox): ‘Wondering about the city: making meaning in Edinburgh’s Old Town’, which is accompanied below by Jen Ross’s excellent playlist, ‘Shuffling through the Old Town’. Do please read and listen alongside if you can:
Two events are taking place in early 2017.
Researchers looking at relationships between children and technology have received funding for two new projects:
Professor Lydia Plowman and a team at Moray House School of Education have been awarded funding by the ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council) to design, develop and evaluate an eight-week online course on digital play for parents and health workers. They will work in partnership with Playbase, NHS Lothian, and City of Edinburgh Council.
Twelve Edinburgh primary teachers recently attended the first day of a course on computational thinking at Moray House, led by Judy Robertson and Holly Linklater. As the curriculum for computing at primary schools in Scotland is changing (click here to see Education Scotland's computing curriculum), we wanted to work with teachers to help them understand what is required and gather examples of how they put the new guidelines into practice.
We are appointing three Undergraduate Research Associates to work with us on a project looking at anonymous social media over this academic year. The three RAs will spend a total of 20 days each on the project, spread across specific weeks in October, December, January and May. They will be responsible for conducting a participant observation within Yik Yak and possibly other anonymous social media platforms, collecting data directly from these applications, coding it using specialist software, and writing four brief accounts of their findings.
We have received funding from the University of Edinburgh's Challenge Investment Fund to research Internet of Things (IoT) networks amongst campus-based and distanced students.