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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 […]

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 …

Championing Open Source

Nominations open for OpenUK Awards Help to celebrate the University’s commitment to Open Source and showcase your projects by entering into the OpenUK Open Source Awards. Nominations are open until midnight 15 June 2020 Championing Open Source – a student perspective Before we start to discuss and understand why the University hired a 3rd-year student […]

Animal Crossing x University Collections

Fancy curating your own University of Edinburgh (UoE) virtual exhibition in Nintendo’s Animal Crossing game? Good news, Getty have kindly shared an art generator tool that integrates with over 40,000 images published by the University’s Centre for Research Collections (CRC) under a Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC BY). What is Animal Crossing? In case you’re […]

Openness and COVID-19

Back in October 2019 when I signed up to contribute a post to the Open Scotland blog, I chose April 2020 as ‘my month’ rather arbitrarily. Back then, I certainly did not foresee the current state of global affairs or the impact a global pandemic would be having on education and society beyond. In just […]

Critical responses

What should an ancient research university with a famous medical school and a track record of distance learning do in a time of pandemic crisis? I hear you ask. Publish a massive open online course full of openly licensed resources, of course. And so we did. COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application Frontline staff can …

OER20: Care, hope and activism

The OER Conference is always one of the highlights of the year for me.   It’s the only open education conference I attend regularly and I’m privileged to have been present at every single one since the conference launched at the University of Cambridge back in 2010.  So needless to say, I was gutted that the […]

Wikimedia in Education, a collection of case studies

Wikimedia UK and the University of Edinburgh are pleased to launch the new publication Wikimedia in Education, a collection of case studies from practitioners across the UK who have successfully integrated Wikimedia into their courses. Wikimedia is a valuable tool for education, enriching the student experience as much as it does the open web. Learning …

Free, adaptable, digital teaching resources from UoE

While we’re all working to move classes online, we want to remind you that our website Open.Ed, has a range of resources, guides, advice, tips, and tools for locating, adapting, and re-using openly licensed learning and teaching resources.

The OER Service pages provide support, guidance and resources on:

Finding and using OERs: https://open.ed.ac.uk/finding-and-using-oer/
Copyright, licensing and OER: https://open.ed.ac.uk/copyright-and-open-licensing/, and
Open licensing for lecture recording: https://open.ed.ac.uk/copyright-and-open-licensing-for-lecture-recording/.

remote teaching online at University of Edinburgh

Preparing for Teaching Continuity – Coronavirus (COVID-19) update We have produced some advice and guidance on how to continue teaching remotely. Given the current COVID-19 pandemic we would advise that all teaching staff consider this advice.  Using our Learning Technology Training and Help Resources. Please also regularly check the University’s Coronavirus information and advice to keep up-to-date with …

Our commitment to open source

Working in the open has been a long-standing part of our culture. We have supported and participated in events, used and contributed in open source technologies and resources, and recruited roles focussed in support and adoption of open platforms and practices. It is with great pleasure to see these efforts not only been sustained over […]

Open for Access

It’s approaching the end of the month and my curation of the Open Scotland account. There’s so much I planned to write but find myself running out of time. Before I go, let’s return to the Scottish Open Education Declaration. The declaration recognised the potential of open education to “expand access to education, widen participation, create new opportunities for […]

Open for Scots

It’s not often that OER make the news but in December the Open University in Scotland’s new Scots language and culture course made a bit of a splash. I spoke to the OU’s Sylvia Warnecke, who led production of the OER, about interview requests, open archives, and creating a new pedagogy for a non-standard language. […]

Seven years of open

Happy New Year! This is traditionally a time for reflection so as I take the reins of the Open Scotland blog for January I will take the opportunity to look back on seven years of the Scottish Open Education Declaration (2013). Full disclosure – I am a relative newbie to the open education community. In […]

Wiki Loves Monuments Winners

The winners of the Wikimedia UK 2019 Wiki Loves Monuments competition were announced a couple of weeks ago and I was delighted to see four entries from Scotland among the winners. The overall winner for the UK is this gorgeous shot by MHoser of Kilchurn Castle, the stronghold of the Campbells of Glen Orchy. Of […]

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What gets lost in the fray

The blog post I wrote last week on the context, centrality and diversity of the Open Ed conference community sparked a lot more discussion than I expected, most of it on twitter, but also during a VConnecting session at the end of the conference. As might be expected, the decision to end the Open Ed […]

Open Ed: Reflecting on context, centrality and diversity

This week, like many colleagues in the open education community I’ve been following the Open Education Conference. I’m not actually at the conference, in fact in all my years working in open education I’ve never been to Open Ed, but I’ve been following it on twitter, and as always, it’s been a thought provoking experience. […]

Adobe After Effects training

After Effects, is an industry-standard tool for video compositing, motion graphics design, and animation. Adobe.com Before the training Before I attended the After Effects (AE) training I had only used the software a little. I’d watched some of the Lynda training videos, though I found it tricky to decide which videos to watch when you […]

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open to movement

Next week I’ll be back in Madrid at the OOFHEC 2019 conference of open universities. The OOFHEC2019 conference will focus on trends and high impact factors in the global and European higher education. In a combination of plenary keynotes by key players in higher education at institutional and policy level and parallel presentations and workshops, …

OpenUK Events Launch in the House of Parliament

On the 3rd of September, while most of the country was eagerly waiting to hear about the results from the parliamentary vote, OpenUK was having its events launch in the Thames Pavillion only a few yards away from all the action. Pete Wishart, MP, chair of the Parliamentary All Parties Intellectual Property Group was personally […]

Open Edinburgh: Putting open source in your hands

Open Edinburgh – a celebration of open source – was an event organised by Ritwik Sarkar, a 3rd year Computer Science with Management student, as part of his summer internship as the Open Source Web Development Community Champion with our team. Event purpose The goals of the event were to: show students and staff who […]

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Google Doodles, Women in Red and the missing Marian Fischman

Earlier this week Google commemorated psychiatrist and substance abuse researcher Dr Herbert Kleber with a Google Doodle by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, and provided a rather sobering example of how technology reinforces systemic bias and structural inequality, and also how we can address it.  Kleber is certainly worth celebrating, a quick glance at his Wikipedia page shows that […]

ALTC Personal Highlights

I’ve already written an overview and some thoughts on the ALTC keynotes, this post is an additional reflection on some of my personal highlights of the conference.  I was involved in three sessions this year; Wikipedia belongs in education with Wikimedia UK CEO Lucy Crompton-Reid and UoE Wikimedian in Residence Ewan McAndrew, Influential voices – […]

ALTC Keynotes: Data, Dialogue and Doing

Last week the ALT Conference took place in the magnificent McEwan Hall at the University of Edinburgh.  Chaired by Melissa Highton, Keith Smyth and Louise Jones, the conference was a huge success, thanks in no small part to the ALT Team, and a large number of volunteers from across the ALT community.   As Martin Weller […]

Scotland Loves Monuments 2019

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 Wikimedia Foundation. The aim is to crowdsource as many high quality, openly licensed photos as possible of scheduled monuments and listed buildings throughout the world. Why? …

Wikimania 2019

Digital Support Librarian Lauren Smith reports on her first-time attendance at Wikimania 2019 in Stockholm, Sweden. My conference experience Once I’d got my head round the different buildings, room numbering systems and Wikimania room naming conventions, I was able to find my way around the beautiful campus and lovely spaces fairly easily. I found the …

Aligning OER with the CfE learning outcomes and SCQF levels

In addition to being creative copyright and licensing clearing powerhouses, our two Open Content interns Ana McKellar and Andrew Ferguson have been working with our Geoscience teaching expert Kay Douglas to align our primary and secondary level open educational resources with the Scottish Qualifications Framework (SCQF) and make the resources easier for teachers to pick up and run in their classes.

ESLTIS19 – My 2nd Keynote: Make and Release – Opening up through play

I was honored to be asked to provide a keynote presentation on the second day of this year’s Enhancing Student Learning Through Innovative Scholarship Conference (ESLTIS) conference. Again, the talk wasn’t recorded and slides really only provide a hint towards content, so here’s a blog post covering the key content of my keynote. ——  I … Continue reading ESLTIS19 – My 2nd Keynote: Make and Release – Opening up through play

Expectations vs Reality

It has been about six months since I applied for the position of “Open Content Curator Intern”. In typical last-minute style, I submitted my application on the evening of the day that applications closed. At the time I wasn’t really sure what the job entailed, or if I would enjoy it. I knew it involved working with openly-licensed materials, but that was pretty much it.

The End of an Internship

Looking back, I could not be happier with my time spent as Open Content Curator intern (a job title I have managed to stutter and mess up in every way possible). I have learnt a huge amount – from the obvious things that I needed to learn to properly do my job of adapting educational resources for releasing as OERs to things about myself and how I work best to how to make Wikipedia articles!

Inclusive Playful Engagement Strategy development – Workshop at Playful Learning Conference 2019

I’ve been so lucky to attend the Playful Learning conference for four years now. It is absolutely one of the highlights of the academic year for me and I was incredibly chuffed to present there again this year. I’ve been doing a lot of research and work in playful engagement around strategy and workplace engagement … Continue reading Inclusive Playful Engagement Strategy development – Workshop at Playful Learning Conference 2019