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Jisc have published a case study of our Wikimedian in Residence . We are not sure why they won’t capitalise ‘Residence’ in the job title, or spell Allison Littlejohn’s name correctly. We did ask, but no joy. I’ll be making reference to Allison’s work this week when I speak about the future for learning and …

How to Procure Open Source

As part of my work as a Board member of the Apereo Foundation, we’ve been working on new content to more clearly make the case for adopting open source, particularly in education. Alongside that we’ve been working on developing open source health measu…

JISC case study – Wikimedia in the curriculum

Addressing the challenges of digital and information literacy, digital scholarship and open knowledge at the University of Edinburgh Summary The University of Edinburgh is the first university in the UK to appoint a university-wide Wikimedian in Residence as part of its institutional strategy to develop information and digital literacy skills for staff and students, and …

International Women’s Day 2019

We are taking the opportunity of International Women’s Day to rename our Boardroom in Argyle House after Brenda Moon, the first woman to head up a research university library when she was Librarian here at the University of Edinburgh in the 1980s and 90s. Brenda played a major role in bringing the University into the …

witchfinder

Advice from HR was not to call this job ‘Witchfinder General’. So we didn’t. But we wanted to. University of Edinburgh has a database of Scottish Witches. It has been published as open data and we are looking for a Data and Visualisation Intern to work with our Wikimedian in Residence to help us develop …

You can’t be what you can’t see.

Creating new role models on Wikipedia to encourage the next generation of #ImmodestWomen By Siobhan O’Connor, Alice White, Sara Thomas and Ewan McAndrew. Wikipedia, the free, online, multilingual encyclopaedia is building the largest open knowledge resource in human history. Now aged eighteen years old, its English language version receives over 500 million views per month, …

Happy Birthday Wikipedia!

Wikipedia turns 18 today!  Hurray!  I hope it doesn’t go out and get completely hammered and wake up in the morning with no memory of how it got home.   To celebrate this momentous occasion, Wikimedia UK has asked us all to tell them why we value Wikipedia. What does Wikipedia mean to you? The power […]

Looking Behind the Curtain

Before Christmas by lovely former colleague R. John Robertson invited me to answer some questions about digital literacy for a course on Digital Literacy and Life that he’s teaching with Cindy Strong at Seattle Pacific University.  I’m late with these responses as usual, but it was a really interesting and thought provoking exercise because I’ve never […]

Blogging to Build your Professional Profile

Last month the University of Edinburgh rolled out a new centrally supported Academic Blogging Service, which provides staff and students with a range of different blogs to support professional development and learning, teaching and research activities.  The service has already been hugely successful, with almost 200 new blogs created in the last four weeks.  My […]

time to update our timeline

Inspired by a conversation with Lauren today, and some recent announcements,  I am updating our timeline of learning technology developments at University of Edinburgh. Are there other things I should include? 2002? WebCT VLE on campus 20003 – ERA- Open access repository in the library September 2005, Edinburgh Law School launched its first online distance …

time to update our timeline

Inspired by a conversation with Lauren today, and some recent announcements,  I am updating our timeline of learning technology developments at University of Edinburgh. Are there other things I should include? 2002? WebCT VLE on campus 20003 – ERA- Open access repository in the library September 2005, Edinburgh Law School launched its first online distance …

Wiki Loves Monuments 2018 – Pipped at the post!

Wiki Loves Monuments, Wikimedia’s annual photography competition, came to a close at the end of September.  An astonishing 4,374 images of Scottish scheduled monuments and listed buildings were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons over the course of the month, over double last year’s total of 2,104 and almost a third of the 14,203 images uploaded in the UK. […]

Wiki Loves Monuments 2018 – Pipped at the post!

Wiki Loves Monuments, Wikimedia’s annual photography competition, came to a close at the end of September.  An astonishing 4,374 images of Scottish scheduled monuments and listed buildings were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons over the course of the month, over double last year’s total of 2,104 and almost a third of the 14,203 images uploaded in the UK. […]

Wiki Loves Monuments 2018

Tomorrow marks the start of Wiki Loves Monuments, Wikimedia’s annual photography competition, which runs throughout the month of September. The rules are simple, all you need to do is register a Wikimedia Commons account, take an original picture of a scheduled monument or listed building, and upload it to Wikimedia Commons using this interactive map. […]

Open.Ed at RepoFringe18

Way back at the beginning of July my lovely OER Service colleague Charlie and I had a 10X10 presentation accepted for the the Repository Fringe conference. We agreed that I would write the talk and Charlie would go along and present on the day.  Alas disaster struck and poor Charlie came down with a nasty […]

End of an Internship

Somehow, 11 weeks have passed and I have found myself at the end of my internship with Information Services. While most of the other Argyle House interns are spending another week here, I am leaving early to escape fringe madness and top up on vitamin D in Barcelona.

Cartoon of a Dendritic cell

August OER of the Month – Supercytes

Supercytes is an openly licensed card game and resource pack (with animated cartoons) about having fun with Biology and encouraging an early interest in science. Created by medical research scientists working in the MRC Centre for Inflammation Research at the University of Edinburgh, the resource is designed for use in schools (or school science clubs).

Equality and diversity in IT and libraries

As our regular readers across the University will know, each issue of the Information Services Group BITS magazine has a theme. In this issue we have looked across all of our projects and services to highlight the ways in which we contribute to supporting the University values around equality, equity, inclusion and access. https://edin.ac/bits-21 As …

Circular Records Hall on Atlas Obscura

I was quietly chuffed a couple of weeks ago when one of my photographs was featured in Atlas Obscura, and even more so, because the picture in question was one that I uploaded to Wikimedia Commons as part of the Wiki Loves Monuments competition last year.  See?  Good things happen when you contribute to the […]

Summer Open Content Curation

The movement by the University of Edinburgh to encourage the creation of OERs and the continuing opening up of resources therefore not only aligns with its mission statement, but with my own views on education. It is exciting to see the expanding opportunities to offer and promote new resources, and, while most of my initial focus has been on the GeoSciences’ programme, there are some interesting potential projects which would open up different types of content in alternate subject areas.

The Soul of Liberty: Openness, Equality and Co-creation

Transcript and slides from my keynote at the CELT 2018 Design for Learning Symposium, NUI Galway. The Soul of Liberty: Openness, equality and co-creation from Lorna Campbell The theme of today’s conference is designing teaching and learning spaces to facilitate active learning, collaboration and student engagement however my experience lies not so much in physical […]

CELT Keynote

I’m absolutely delighted to be invited to present one of the keynotes at this year’s CELT Symposium at NUI Galway.  I’ve never been to this event before but I always follow it online as it often has excellent keynotes and a really lively social media presence.  I’ve also never been to Galway before and to […]

Exploring the Open Knowledge Landscape

Transcript and slides from my keynote at the FLOSS UK Spring Conference in Edinburgh. Exploring the Open Knowledge Landscape from Lorna Campbell I’m not a programmer.  I’m not a developer.  And I don’t contribute directly to the creation of free and open source software.  I originally started out as an Archaeologist but I now work in the […]

Tasmanian Devil 3D skeleton

April OER of the Month – 3D Skeletons & Skulls

Our April OER of the month is the set of 3D CT scans of a variety of wild and domestic animal skeletons and skulls.

The scans were made by Dr. Tobias Schwarz, as part of his research at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, and have been formatted and uploaded to the Open.Ed Sketchfab account by Brian Mather, Senior E-Learning Developer at The Dick Vet.

The Long View: Changing Perspectives on OER

Transcript and slides from my keynote at the OER18 Open For All Conference in Bristol. Being invited to keynote is always a privilege, and I’m particularly honoured to have been invited to present the opening keynote at this year’s OER18 Conference here in Bristol. Not least because I’m following in the footsteps of the three […]

OER18: Listening to the voices

I always struggle a bit when it comes to writing OER Conference reflections.  I come back from the event buzzing with so many new ideas and connections and often with strong emotions too, and this year was no exception.  So before I go any further I just want to say a huge thank you to […]

Using WordPress to build an onlinne academic identity

This is my presentation for the amazing PressED Conference #PressEdConf18, run by the equally amazing Pat Lockley @pgogy, and Natalie Lafferty @nlafferty.   My “talk” is about surviving precarious employment and using WordPress to build an independent academic identity and support formal CPD through CMALT. Hello, I’m Lorna & I work at the OER Service @OpenEdEdinburgh […]

occupy your librarian

19th-23rd March is #ResourcesListWeek in the University of Edinburgh. I am often asked about the value of lecturing ( and lecture recording). In my day, I was always told that the purpose of a lecture was to send you to the Library. A good  lecture, given by an academic colleague who is passionate about their …

‘tech-out’, the technology version of a ‘teach-out’

Some of us are on strike. (I may have mentioned this before). Academic colleagues are holding ‘teach outs’. What kind of activity would be the learning technology version of a ‘teach out’?  I’m thinking  ‘making OER ‘and ‘wikimedia editathons’. I’ve asked a guru and been told that a ‘teach-out’ takes place outside the walls, has …