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Why Open Policy matters for you -Alysha’s Blog

Policy might be a word that inspires confusion, or fear, but it seems probably important? Well policy is important, but most of the time it isn’t very noticeable as it runs in the background of our lives. However, policy is an area where real change can happen in best practice and working standards.

Sleeping Well and Meditation: Looking after your mind and body

A while ago I wrote about daily exercise and why it could be good for your body and mind, particularly if done as part of your working routine. However, there are plenty of other things you can do to look after your wellbeing – both mental and physical. I decided to try these things over the last couple of weeks to see the impact they might have on my work and on my sense of self.

attack of the 50th Women in Red editathons

A huge fifty, 50! Women in Red editathons have now been held at University of Edinburgh. Every month we gather together online to hack away at the skewed content. Hannah’s video on how to make Wikipedia articles has had a towering 18K views since Sept 2020 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GBCxb9oaz5s). Join us at our Women in Red monthlies …

M&M Podcast on Knowledge Equity

Earlier this week I had the very great pleasure of joining my colleagues Myles Blaney and Michael Gallagher for their fabulous M&M Podcast to talk about knowledge equity.  I’m a big fan of the M&M Podcast and knowledge equity is a topic that is very close to my heart so I really enjoyed the experience. […]

Open Education on a Post-Pandemic Planet

I gave a keynote presentation at Open Apereo conference. Here’s the recording https://youtu.be/D7hL9i-NdyM Here’s the blurb: Open Education on a Post-Pandemic Planet As we try to predict what the future may hold there are a few things  from the Before Times that we still know to be true: Open educational resources, open source software and …

OERXDomains21 Conference Reflection ~ Ana Reina

By Ana Reina.  Two weeks ago, our team had the chance to participate in the OERxDomains Conference organized by the Association of Learning Technology. Lorna, Kari, Ifeanyichukwu and I delivered a short presentation about our project and the conclusions we had achieved so far working with OER resources transforming pre-existent content into a textbook. Besides […]

OERXDomains21 Conference Reflection ~ Ifeanyichukwu Ezinmadu

By Ifeanyichukwu Ezinmadu Attending the two days OERxDomains 2021 conference was a very insightful experience through which my co-interns and I were able to present about the ongoing music theory e-textbook project alongside Lorna Campbell.  Attending other seminars by speakers from around the world further opened up my mind towards understanding OER in a broader perspective and this blog will focus on discussing about three presentations that I find fascinating and relatable to the ongoing project […]

OERxDomains21 – All Change

The OER Conference is always one of the highlights of the year for me. I’ve been privileged to attend every single one since conference launched in 2010 and it’s been interesting to see how the event has changed as open education has evolved over the last 11 years. My keynote at the 2018 conference focused […]

Open Book Platforms Research: UoE Open Press Service

After doing our research on the publishers that worked with open books, we got an idea of what we were aiming to have in our textbook and how we wanted it to be. To become more accessible and achieve wider public, we agreed that the textbook should be published in at least three main formats: HTML, EPUB […]

Open Book Platforms Research: GitHub

GitHub is a provider of Internet hosting for software development and version control using Git. GitHub pages is a subsidiary of GitHub which presents its content in form of a website.  Although it is designed to be used by users with some experience of coding, this has been simplified using Jekyll.  Jekyll is an additional extension which transforms plain text into codes in form of a static […]

I Made a Book! and New Drawings

Reading Time: 3 minutes Welcome back. I hope you are (reasonably) well and that spring and the return of the sun is making your lives a little bit brighter. Regardless, thank you for tuning in on another blog post about the We Have Great Stuff – Volume 3 colouring book. Teaching for this semester is over, and I cannot […]

Scotland, Slavery and Black History… and Wikipedia

Wikipedia is one of the most widely used means by which people get information, but it has lots of gaps and problems. Last semester, the residency collaborated with Professor Diana Paton and Lucy Parfitt at the University of Edinburgh History Society to begin a project to make it better. Participants were invited to improve public …

Happy Birthday Wikipedia

Guest post by Hannah Rothmann, Classics undergraduate at the University of Edinburgh. This is a transcript of what she said at Wikipedia’s 20th birthday event on Friday 15th January 2021. Hi everyone, my name is Hannah. I am currently in my fourth and final year studying Classics at the University of Edinburgh. Last summer, I …

Open Education Policies: Guidelines for Co-Creation

Today saw the publication of an important and very timely resource for open educators and policy makers: Open Education Policies: Guidelines for Co-Creation by Javiera Atenas, Leo Havemann, Jan Neumann and Cristina Stefanelli.  The aim of the guidelines is to:  “support institutions and governments in the development of open education policies promoting the adoption of […]

Open Practice in Practice

Last week I had the pleasure of running a workshop on open practice with Catherine Cronin as part of City University of London’s online MSc in Digital Literacies and Open Practice, run by the fabulous Jane Secker.  Both Catherine and I have run guest webinars for this course for the last two years, so this […]

Ada Lovelace Day: Dr Isabel Gal

This year for Ada Lovelace day, I wrote a new Wikipedia page about Dr Isabel Gal, a Hungarian paediatrician and Holocaust Survivor who, in 1967,  was responsible for establishing a link between use of the hormonal pregnancy test Primodos and severe congenital birth defects.  I came across Gal quite by chance via the @OnThisDayShe twitter […]

Open Policy for Learning and Teaching

This post also appears on the Open.Ed blog.  Earlier in September, my colleague Neil McCormick, Education Technology Policy Officer at LTW, and I took part in Jane Secker and Chris Morrison’s regular ALT webinar Copyright, Fair Dealing and Online Teaching at a Time of Crisis on the topic of lecture recording and virtual classroom policies.  […]

Scotland Loves Monuments 2020

Get involved in Wiki Loves Monuments! Wiki Loves Monuments is an international photo competition which takes part throughout the month of September every year, and is supported by the nonprofit Wikimedia Foundation. You can see historic locations near you that are missing an image using our handy interactive map (red pins are locations without an …

Policy, Practice and Permission

I’ve been thinking quite a lot about open policy this year, and I want to take a moment to try and put some of these thoughts into writing. Despite, or perhaps because of, the global pandemic, there have been some significant policy developments in the broad domain of open knowledge this year. In April, in […]

Final reflections on my Wikimedia Training Internship

Before starting my internship as the Wikimedia Training Intern at the University of Edinburgh, I did not know much about Wikipedia and its sister projects. I had obviously used Wikipedia; to settle arguments, as a springboard for research and as a helping hand in some particularly difficult pub quizzes. However, I had not given much …

Internship Blog #3: #WCCWiki Colloquium 2020 by Hannah Rothmann

Today I had the chance to attend the #WCCWiki Colloquium 2020. This was an event organised by the Women’s Classical Committee UK. #WCCWiki describes itself as ‘a crowd-sourced initiative that aims to increase the representation of women classicists (very broadly conceived) on Wikipedia.’ [1] Since they started in 2016, they have edited and/or created more …

Internship Blog #1: My First Week by Hannah Rothmann

Hi, my name is Hannah and I will be going into the final year of my Classics degree in September. I have just finished week 1 of my Wikimedia Training Internship; the start date was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty that came with it. Adjusting to working remotely from home, meeting …

winning wikimedia once again

  At the recent WikimediaUK AGM the work of the Wikimedian in Residence team at University of Edinburgh once again received awards from their community. Ewan continues to work across the University to embed wikimedia skills in the curriculum, with some considerable success.  His work in producing a new publication including case studies of how …

learning, technology and our anti-racist reading list

In University of Edinburgh Information Services Group we have convened a reading group so that we can discuss books, articles and news stories which influence our work.  We are approaching this with a technology slant, because we want to think and learn about the bigger issues which shape the context in which we create new …