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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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Open Pedagogy – A view from a distance

I’ve been thinking on and off for the last few days about the fascinating discussions going on around Open Pedagogy. Maha Bali has curated a diverse and thought provoking series of posts on the topic here and has organized a hangout to discuss What is Open Pedagogy? later today. Other than commenting on a few […]

OER17 – The Distance Travelled

Reflections on open education policy in the UK since the Cape Town Declaration Paper presented at the OER17 Politics of Open conference. 2017 has officially been designated the “Year of Open”. The Year of Open is a global focus on open processes, systems, and tools, created through collaborative approaches, that enhance our education, businesses, governments, and […]

Event 2 – Registration and draft agenda

Registration is now open for the second UoE Open Knowledge Network event which will take place on Friday 28th April in Argyle House, University of Edinburgh. The event will feature a morning of talks and discussions with colleagues across the institution followed by hands on workshops and demonstrations in the afternoon. Programme 09.30 – 10.00 Coffee and networking 10.00 – 12.30 Presentations and discussions 12.30 – 13.30 Lunch 13.30 – 14.45 DataShare Workshop 15.00 – 16.30 Histropedia and Wiki Data workshop…

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OER17 – Come and find me!

The OER17 Politics of Open Conference is taking place in London this week, and I can hardly believe it’s been a year since Melissa and I chaired last year’s conference in Edinburgh!  As always, I’m looking forward to catching up with friends from all over the world and meeting some long standing online colleagues irl for […]

Event 2 – Save the Date!

The second UoE Open Knowledge Network event will take place on Friday 28th April in Argyle House.  The event will feature lightning talks and discussions in the morning and workshops and demos in the afternoon.  Further information and registration details will be available shortly. Watch this space!

If the clothes fit…

This post is a slightly facetious response to Maha Bali’s post Fixing the shirt but spoiling the trousers #OER17 Open Call for Your Stories! and Sheila MacNeil’s Not so much the a case of the wrong trousers, more like a wardrobe malfunction my story for #oer17 Maha cited the rather fabulous Egyptian expression: “when you tried to fix […]

Open Educational Resources (OER) Breakout at OKN

A write up of the Open Educational Resources (OER) Breakout at our first OKN event in January. A quick round table of our breakout group revealed that there was a desire for clear guidance on sourcing and using images, a framework to make it easier/encourage people to use and publish OER, and a clear explanation of the differences between closed teaching environments and where these become open environments and Open courses. Most of the group were unaware of the Open.ed.ac.uk…

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