Author Archives: Clara O'Shea

About Clara O'Shea

I'm an Associate Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. I teach on the MSc in Digital Education. I'm also doing a PhD on learning and becoming in collaborative digital environments.

The Manifesto for Teaching Online 2015

A new version of the 2011 Manifesto for Teaching Online is up at As Jen says on the blog: “the manifesto has been an important touchstone for the work of the Digital Education team at the University of Edinburgh, and an excellent source … Continue reading

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Things I’ve been up to

1.  Not blogging : ) 2. A few conference presentations, some of which you can view here: ‘Reflections on collaborative assessment: materiality, dialogue and group connoisseurship’ on 22 April 2015 with Tim Fawns. For the Talks on E-assessment and Learning … Continue reading

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Notes from a writing workshop

The other day I went to a workshop, “Writing your thesis”, run by Dai Hounsell (a guru in assessment, my much respected colleague on our Online Assessment course, and, it turns out, a bit of a guru on writing too).  … Continue reading

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Ian Hacking and the human kind

For my previous phd topic, Ian Hacking’s work was providing a useful frame.  I still think this applies for exploring learning in collaborative, digital environments, so I’m going to make a start here by outlining a bit of what Hacking … Continue reading

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Changing my PhD topic: out with depression, in with WoW!

I’m interested in how people learn to take on particular identities in collaborative, digital environments.  Originally, my research was focused on depression and drew on the work of Ian Hacking to position depression as a social kind.  I am still … Continue reading

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Getting people thinking about peer assessment

It feels a teeny tiny bit wrong posting this as if it’s anything much to do with me – this was far and away Hamish’s show, and I was merely a back up dancer 🙂 – but anyway… Hamish Macleod … Continue reading

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Manifesto event: Infolit iSchool presentation in Second Life, Tuesday 13 November

Sheila Webber has kindly invited me and the other co-authors of the Manifesto (Jen Ross, Sian Bayne and Hamish Macleod) to a  Sheffield iSchool Centre for Information Literacy Research event. When:  Tuesday 13 November at 8pm UK time (12 noon … Continue reading

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