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International Open Science Conference

This week I’m looking forward to presenting an invited talk on OER at the International Open Science Conference in Berlin. My talk, Crossing the Field Boundaries will explore the interface between open education, open data and open science. The talk will highlight the Open Knowledge Open Education Group‘s influential study of Open Data as OER by Javiera Atenas […]

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host a wikimedian: you can’t afford not to

This week I spoke at a Wikimedia Edu conference. I spoke about the value of wikimedians in residence (WiR) for higher education (HE).  Some people have told me they can’t afford to host a wikimedian. I would argue you can’t afford not to. There are 3 main reasons why you can’t afford not to. They …

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the time is now

The Festival of Creative Learning includes a variety of events being run by staff and students across the University. The festival runs from 20-24 February and we are running, and collaborating, on a variety of events – do come along and join us! You can view the full calendar of events on the Festival of Creative Learning …

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Incentivising Open Research

In addition to a keynote and lightning talks, the recent UoE Open Knowledge Network event hosted a series of parallel discussion sessions focused on open educational resources, the interface between unrestricted and open data and incentivising the sharing of research data.  This latter session, led by Pauline Ward of the Data Library, identified a number of key points to address and potential actions to take forward. Key Points Greater sharing of research data can happen through: Financial incentives. Culture shift to…

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Sharing Practice – Free For All

The first University of Edinburgh Open Knowledge Network event took place at the Informatics Forum on Tuesday 31st January.  The aim of the event was to enable colleagues to share practice and to highlight some of the diverse range open knowledge activities going on around the University.  Open Knowledge is about creating an inclusive, international community and sharing knowledge both within and outwith the bounds of the institution. A storify of tweets and pictures from the event is available here:…

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Event 1 – Sharing Practice

Date: 31 January 2017, 09.30- 15.00 Venue: Informatics Forum Hashtag: #UoEOKN The first UoE Open Knowledge Network event will feature an opening talk by Gill Hamilton Digital Access Manager, National Library of Scotland, followed by a series of lightning talks highlighting open knowledge activities and initiatives around the university, followed by break out sessions to discuss relevant issues and future activities.   Agenda 09.15 – 09.30 Coffee 09.30 – 09.45 Introduction – Ewan Klein and Lorna M. Campbell 09.45 –…

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grab some scottish pussy

If you feel the urge, as Donald Trump sometimes does, to grab some pussy, this 3D model of the skull of a Scottish Wildcat (Felis Silvestris) made by Dr. Tobias Schwarz, of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies has been shared as OER on Sketchfab where it can be viewed, grabbed, re-used and re-shared.  It’s a …

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Welcome to UoE Open Knowledge Network

Welcome to the University of Edinburgh Open Knowledge Network!  UoE OKN is an informal network to draw together the University’s strategic policies and activities in the area of Open Data, Open Access, Open Education, Open Research, Open Collections and Archives. Over the course of the next six months the Network will run a series of free event and activities to support cross-fertilisation of ideas and promote the institution’s open knowledge activities. The Open Knowledge Network is run by Lorna Campbell,…

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on tour again

In February I’ll be speaking at this event: The Wikimedia UK Education Summit, in partnership with Middlesex University, aims to bring together educators and Wikimedians to share ideas and best practice in using the Wikimedia projects to support learners of all ages. Our keynote speakers, Melissa Highton (that’s me!) and Stefan Lutschinger (Associate Lecturer in …

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23 Things: Thing 13 Video

So here’s a thing…. (thing…get it?) …. although I consume as much online video as the next person I don’t actually produce a great deal, though there are plenty of embarrassing videos of me on YouTube from various conferences and events. Recently however I did have to produce a couple of videos.  The first was […]

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people make things open

Thing 12 of our 23 things is OER. I talk a lot about OER. Last week I was talking about it in Barcelona,  this week I’m talking about it in Paris, in two weeks I’ll be in Berlin. I also write a bit about OER. On this blog and occasionally for case studies and articles.  …

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people make things open

Thing 12 of our 23 things is OER. I talk a lot about OER. Last week I was talking about it in Barcelona,  this week I’m talking about it in Paris, in two weeks I’ll be in Berlin. I also write a bit about OER. On this blog and occasionally for case studies and articles.  …

Open Education and Co-Creation

Last month I was invited to present a guest lecture on Open Education and Co-Creation as part of the Institute for Academic Development’s Introduction to Online Distance Learning staff development course.The lecture covers an introduction and overview of open learning, OER and open licences and includes a co-creation case study about the fabulous work of […]

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23 Things: Thing 11 & 12 Copyright and OER

First of all a confession – I can get quite emotional about copyright and licensing :’} So emotional in fact that Jane Secker’s ALT Conference keynote Copyright and e-learning: understanding our privileges and freedoms  actually brought a wee tear to my eye.  You might think I’m making this up but it’s true, and the reason why is that […]

FutuOER: Dream A Little

Although I’m not attending the Open Education Conference in Virginia this week I’ve made a small contribution to a panel session with the intriguing title FutuOER: Designing the Next Generation of Open Education.  The panel, which is being run by Brandon Muramatsu of MIT and Norman Bier of Carnegie Mellon, will explore “possible visions of open education in 2036, […]

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23 Things: Thing 10 Wikimedia

Still woefully behind…I should be on Thing 18 by now and I’ve only reached Thing 10 :}  Never mind though because Thing 10 is a wonderful Thing.  Thing 10 is Wikimedia!  It’s a bit of an understatement to say that I am a huge fan of all the Wikimedia projects, whether it’s Wikipedia, Wikimedia Commons, […]

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Two new projects for Open Access Week

Open Access Week seems like a good time to write my first blog post about two new projects I’m going to be working on over the coming months.  One is to facilitate a University of Edinburgh Open Knowledge Network and the other is to create a MOOC for small to medium enterprises on how to access open […]

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The Place of Gaelic in Modern Scotland

Last week in Stornoway, as part of the Royal National Mòd, Mr John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, presented the Angus Macleod Lecture on The Place of Gaelic in Modern Scotland.  Mr Swinney assumed ministerial responsibility for the Gaelic language after the last election. In a thought provoking speech Mr Swinney […]

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The Place of Gaelic in Modern Scotland

Last week in Stornoway, as part of the Royal National Mòd, Mr John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, presented the Angus Macleod Lecture on The Place of Gaelic in Modern Scotland.  Mr Swinney assumed ministerial responsibility for the Gaelic language after the last election. In a thought provoking speech Mr Swinney […]

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Commonwealth of Learning / UNESCO OER Regional Consultations

In order to mark the 5th anniversary of the World OER Congress, which resulted in the Paris OER Declaration, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), in partnership with UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia are undertaking a survey of world governments and key stakeholders focused on OER for Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education: From Commitment to Action. This survey […]

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Gaelic Wikimedian Opportunity – Tha sin direach sgoinneal!

The National Library of Scotland and Wikimedia UK yesterday announce that they are recruiting a Gaelic Wikimedian to promote the Scottish Gaelic Wikipedia, Uicipeid.  The Gaelic Wikimedian will work throughout Scotland to promote the Gaelic language by training people to improve or create resources on Uicipeid.  This will include deliver training and events in the Western Isles, Highlands […]

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access to things

I am participating in the University of Edinburgh digital skills course ‘23 things for digital knowledge‘. Thing 6 is  about accessibility.  I was listening on Radio 4 to ‘tweet of the day’ this morning while scroling through Twitter and I mused on the possibility of having tweets actually tweeted, as in spoken outloud. A quick …

Open Education Presentations at #ALTC

The recent ALTC Connect, Collaborate, Create Conference at the University of Warwick featured a number of presentations focussed on open education in Scotland. Into the Open – a critical overview of open education policy and practice in Scotland Lorna M. Campbell, University of Edinburgh This presentation provides a broad overview of current open education initiatives in […]

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University of Edinburgh acknowledged in ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards

Two teams from the University of Edinburgh were acknowledged in the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards at the annual ALT Conference at the University of Warwick last week.  The Open Education Team was placed third in the Team awards, with the team from Educational Design and Engagement being highly commended.   The ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Awards celebrate and reward excellent practice and outstanding achievement in […]

thinking about things

I am participating in the University of Edinburgh digital skills course ‘23 things for digital knowledge‘. The first thing to do is to think about blogging.  I have been blogging for about 10 years now. I have always had a university hosted blog rather than a personal one.  I enjoy the opportunity for reflective writing …

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these are a few of my favourite things

A few years ago I was very pleased to participate in the #23things  social media training programme at University of Oxford.  The course is designed to get you trying out 23 social media things and reflecting on how you might use them and what you think. While I worked through the course I kept a …

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Open Education at ALTC Connect, Collaborate, Create

The annual ALT Conference ALTC: Connect, Collaborate, Create takes place at the University of Warwick next week and there are a number of papers under the Collaborate theme that focus on open education initiatives in Scotland and open education more generally. If you’re unable to attend the conference in person you can participate remotely by following […]

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Inspiring Interns and Open Content

Over the summer, the Learning, Teaching and Web Directorate here at the University of Edinburgh has been hosting nine student interns across five different departments and last week I went along to an event that showcased their work.  All the students were really inspiring and spoke candidly and positively about their experience of working on their different projects. You […]

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Open Scotland nominated for ALT Community Choice Award

Open Scotland has been nominated for the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Community Choice Award as part of the Open Education Team at the University of Edinburgh.  Voting is open to all until noon on the 7th September. You can vote for Open Scotland and the Open Education Team by sending an email to LTAwards-vote@alt.ac.uk with the subject line […]