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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 …

Open Education Week and USS Strike

This week is Open Education Week and it’s normally one of the busiest weeks of the year for me with lots of events, webinars, blog posts and tweets lined up. This year however my calendar is empty and I’m watching fabulous open education events all over the world going by on my twitter feed without […]

Changing Perspectives on OER

In case you missed it, this blog post outlining my OER18 keynote appeared on the conference website last week. Being invited to keynote is always a privilege, but I was particularly honoured to be asked to present at this year’s OER18 Conference in Bristol, not least because I’ll be following in the footsteps of the […]

Black woman sitting in beautiful office space in front of a laptop

Internship – Come and work with us!

We’re looking for an Open Content Curator Intern to join us over the summer months. Work with the brilliant Open.Ed team, improve your digital skills, and contribute educational resources to the global commons! The position is available to ‘2nd year up-to penultimate year’ undergraduate students from the University of Edinburgh.

Detail of miniature from scroll relating the Mahabharata. Shows Krishna, armed with a bow and arrow, riding a chariot, aiming at another chariot which is following it.

January OER of the Month –  Approaching Religion Through Story

I wanted to start with Approaching Religion Through Story, a series of delightful stories from Buddhist traditions, Hindu traditions, and Christian Parables. I’m personally fond of this set of OER, not least because the tale of the Monkey King was a childhood favourite of mine, and I was incredibly pleased to see the addition of Hindu stories since my last visit to the website, and that stories from Islamic traditions are also in development!

From Scotland to Morocco

One of the great things about openness is that when you release something under open licence, you never quite know who’s going to pick it up and what’s going to happen to it. I know this is one of the things that can make some colleagues apprehensive about using open licences but to my mind […]

CMALT Reflection and Thanks

Earlier this year, after years of procrastinating, I was very proud to finally become a certified member of ALT. This is my short reflection on my experience of CMALT accreditation and my way of thanking all those that supported me along the way. Since 2015 I’ve been fortunate to work in Information Services at the […]

take an EqualBITE

EqualBITE: Gender equality in higher education is an open access book to which I contributed a chapter.  My chapter is about the positive power of wikipedia editathons, but the book contains a full range of ideas and responses to tackling the real lived experience of inequality in higher education. The piece I wrote I wrote …

Innovating with Open Knowledge

Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with Morna Simpson, of Girl Geek Scotland, on Innovating with Open Knowledge, an IS Innovation Fund project at the University of Edinburgh, that aims to provide creative individuals, independent scholars, entrepreneurs, and SMEs with the  information literacy skills to find and access free and open research […]

Open for all

Reading Time: 3 minutesAnother visit to my beloved Mansfield Traquair Centre this evening. 17 years on and it still takes my breath away. To have the responsibility and the stewardship of a place like this a privilege. This evening was the Friends AGM. Formal business was blessedly succinct. … Continue reading Open for all

Open Tumshies for Hallowe’en

My colleague Anne-Marie Scott has written a lovely blog post about an obscure 17th century map of Iceland that was released under open licence by the University of Edinburgh’s Centre for Research Collections and found fame on the Commons thanks to Wikipedia, the Euro 2016 Football Championships and Creative Common’s State of the Commons Report. […]

OER 18 Keynote

I’m absolutely delighted to have been invited by co-chairs Viv Rolfe and David Kernohan and the Association for Learning Technology to present one of the keynotes at the OER18 Conference in Bristol next year. The theme of the conference is Open for All and I’ll be talking about how we can engage students in open […]

UNESCO OER World Congress

Last month I had the opportunity to travel to Slovenia to represent the University of Edinburgh and Open Scotland at the UNESCO OER World Congress in Ljubljana.  The theme of the Congress was “OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action” and there was a strong focus on how OER can help […]

Wanted: Equality image intern

University of Edinburgh Library and Collections has a huge number of image collections with a wide range of art, science, portraits, people, cartoons and photographs. We would like to open up some of these images to make them more discoverable and usable as images of role models, women in science, women in medicine, diverse groups …

A new lease of life for your holiday snaps

I’ve been spending most of my evenings this week looking through photographs on old laptops, not because I’ve been overtaken by a fit of nostalgia, the reason I’m trawling through old holiday snaps is that I’m looking out pictures to submit to this year’s Wiki Loves Monuments competition.  And as a former archaeologist, monuments feature […]

A new lease of life for your holiday snaps

I’ve been spending most of my evenings this week looking through photographs on old laptops, not because I’ve been overtaken by a fit of nostalgia, the reason I’m trawling through old holiday snaps is that I’m looking out pictures to submit to this year’s Wiki Loves Monuments competition.  And as a former archaeologist, monuments feature […]

Response to World OER Congress Action Plan

The following comments were drafted by Joe Wilson and Lorna M. Campbell and submitted in response to the World OER Congress Action Plan on behalf of Open Scotland and the University of Edinburgh.   The draft Action Plan, Outcome and Recommendations is available in English and French here http://www.oercongress.org/woerc-actionplan/ 1. Capacity of users to access, re-use […]

Event 3 – Themes and Recommendations

The third Open Knowledge Network event in early July 2017, focused on discussing topics put forward by participants and exploring ways forward for the Network.  The following topics were discussed – open data sets, data literacy, building a network of open practitioners. Open Data Sets This discussion focused on raising the profile of open data, identifying university data sets that could potentially be opened,  encouraging data owners to share their data,  collecting usecases around how open data sets might be used in order…

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Key Performance Indicators for OER

One of the things I’ll be looking into as part of my new role is key performance indicators for open educational resources.  At the University of Edinburgh we have a Vision and Policy for OER that encourages staff and students to use, create and publish OERs to enhance the quality of the student experience, enrich […]

New Role

Now that I’ve cleared the inevitable post-holiday e-mail backlog I’m ready to start a new role as Senior Service Manager – Learning Technology within Education Design and Engagement (EDE) at the University of Edinburgh. I’ve actually been transitioning into this role for several months now and have been working closely with colleagues in EDE, where the […]

Event 3: Discussions and Next Steps

Registration is now open for the third UoE Open Knowledge Network event which will take place on  Tuesday 4th July from 13.45 – 16.30 in Argyle House, University of Edinburgh.   Please register via MyEd: http://edin.ac/2slQTjv    In response to feedback from participants, this event will be focused on discussion and ideas.  Participants will have an opportunity to suggest ideas and choose topics they’d like to explore.  All topics related to open data, open access, open education, open research, open collections and archives, and open…

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Mary Susan McIntosh and the Women in Red

I was chuffed to discover today that English Wikipedia’s main page features a link to sociologist, feminist, and campaigner for lesbian and gay rights Mary Susan McIntosh.  It’s always great to see women featured on Wikipedia’s main page, which is viewed by around 4 million people, but I confess to being doubly pleased because I created the […]

Event 2 – Presentations

On Friday 28th April 35 colleagues from across the University came together for the second UoE Open Knowledge Network meet up.  The event featured a morning of speakers followed by workshops in the afternoon.  Guillaume Evrard has created a Storify of tweets from the event here University of Edinburgh Open Knowledge Network PhD Thesis Digitisation Project by Gavin Willshaw, University Library & Collections PhD Thesis Digitisation Project from Lorna Campbell Wikipedia in the Classroom –  World Christianity by Alex Chow, School…

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International Open Science Conference report

A brief report on the International Open Science Conference held in Berlin in March, presented at the University of Edinburgh Open Knowledge Network event on 28th April 2017. Open Science Conference report from Lorna Campbell The Open Science Conference held in Berlin in April was the 4th international conference sponsored by the Leibniz Research Alliance and […]

CMALT – Advice from the community

Last week I wrote a reflective blog post about starting out on the CMALT journey, What do you do?, and was delighted to get lots of really helpful practical input from the ALT community on twitter.  I’ve captured the advice and discussions in a Storify here Starting CMALT – Advice from the community so I can look back on them and in […]

Event 2 – Programme

The event will take place in room 6 & 7, Floor E, Argyle House. 09.30 – 10.00 Coffee and networking 10.00 – 10.05 Welcome – Ewan Klein & Lorna M. Campbell Presentations  10.05 – 10.20 Gavin Wilshaw – Thesis digitisation project 10.20 – 10.35 Alex Chow – World Christianity & Wikipedia 10.35 – 10.50 Jeremy Knox – Algorithms and MOOCs 10.50 – 11.05 Jo Spiller – MOOC production 11.05 – 11.15  Lorna M. Campbell – International Open Science Conference report…

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