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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. […]

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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, …

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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? …

Putting your best foot forward with #altc

[This post was previously posted on the ALTC website.] What to expect from the ALT Conference’s social media channels and how to get involved.   The ALT Conference is almost upon as and we’re looking forward to welcoming delegates to the city and University of Edinburgh.  Edinburgh is a wonderful city to visit at any […]

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.

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

ICEPOPS 2019 – Highlights

It’s been a month of fantastic conferences and the gathering of excellent ideas and practices so I’m going to do my best to make note of some of the highlights from each. There was a lot to take in at ICEPOPS 2019, from music copyright, to literacy mod…

ICEPOPS 2019 – My first Keynote

I attended the first ICEPOPS conference in 2018 and was a huge fan, so when they got in touch to say that they wanted to hold the 2nd ever ICEPOPS conference in Edinburgh for 2019, AND that they’d like me to give a keynote presentation. Gosh. I was ove…

Wikipedia for Peace at Europride Vienna

Earlier this month I took some time out from my Edinburgh work to travel to Vienna to take part in the Wikipedia for Peace editathon organized by Wikimedia Austria to coincide with Europride 2019. The event brought together twelve editors from all over the world to create and edit LBGT+ articles in a range of […]

how to wear a radio mic with a dress

We all know that moment when you realise that the AV tech is going to want to fix the radio microphone pack to your dress.  We all know that the single most considerate thing we can do to make our content accessible is to use the mic supplied. As a woman who always wears dresses …

Balance for Better – Teaching Matters

Wikimedian in Residence @emcandre highlights how staff & students are engaging with Wikipedia to address the diversity of editors & content shared online. “The information that is on Wikipedia spreads across the internet. What is right or wrong or missing on Wikipedia affects the entire internet.” (Wadewitz, 2014) Wikipedia, the free, online, encyclopaedia is building …

Remembering Marion

Like many colleagues, I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Marion Kelt earlier this week. Marion was Research and Open Access Librarian at Glasgow Caledonian University Library, but more than that, she was a weel kent, well respected and well liked member of the open education community. Marion was nothing if not […]

supporting student employability

Offering students work experience in our organisation is a no-brainer for me. We get up to date ideas and creative thinking from them. They get real work experience and digital skills from us. In LTW we are happy to host 24 new student interns this summer (11 Employ.ed, 10 VLE support, 2 Napier Placements, 1 …

Wikipedia for Peace at Europride

Next week I’ll be taking a little time out from my work at Edinburgh to go to Wikipedia for Peace at Europride 2019 in Vienna. Europride promotes lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans (LGBT) and other queer issues on an international level through parades, festivals and other cultural activities.  During the event a group of international editors […]

developing data skills for all

You’ll be aware that we have been running ‘Developing Your Data Skills’ Programme for staff and students at University of Edinburgh this year. The programme has been very successful and we have now had more than 100 learners complete. Since our staff live and work in Edinburgh and the region, I think this can be …

Blogging about Blogging

I’ve been rather neglecting this blog recently, ironically because I’ve been busy blogging about blogging on other blogs :}  The University of Edinburgh launched a new Academic Blogging Service, including a centrally supported WordPress platform, blogs.ed.ac.uk, last year and the service has really taken off.   In addition to our workshop Blogging to Build your Professional […]

Opening Online Learning with OER

This is the transcript of a talk I gave last week at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine’s Post Graduate Tutors Away Day at the University of Edinburgh.  Slides are available here: Opening Online Learning with OER.  Before I go on to talk about open education and OER, I want you to think about […]

herald success

Delighted that we are finalists in the 2019 Herald Higher Education Awards. This nomination for innovative use of technology focuses of the development of digital literacy skills at University of Edinburgh through our partnership with Wikimedia UK. Project achievements have gone far beyond what might have been expected and has shown impact and reach which …

Balance for Better – recognising notable Edinburgh women 

Guest post by Lorraine Spalding, LTW Communications Manager at the University of Edinburgh. The theme of International Women’s Day 2019 was Balance for Better.  In keeping with the spirit of better balance, the Board Room at Argyle House and three training rooms were renamed after notable women with connections to Edinburgh.    The Brenda Moon Boardroom was officially opened …

Wikimedia at the LILAC Information Literacy Conference 2019

I attended the 2019 LILAC Information Literacy Conference (Twitter hashtag: #LILAC19) at the University of Nottingham on 24-26 April 2019 with my Academic Support Librarian colleague, Donna Watson. This was my first visit to this conference and I was unsure what to expect and to what extent information professionals attending the conference would welcome and …

OER19 – Stories of Hope

It always takes me a while to write my post OER Conference reflection because I invariably come back brimming with so many thoughts, ideas, emotions and new perspectives that it’s hard to know where to start. When Catherine Cronin introduced the themes of OER19 Recentering Open: Critical and Global Perspectives at the end of OER18 […]

Open Practice and Invisible Labour

This piece was originally posted on femedtech.net. Something has been niggling at me for ages now. Something about digital labour and open education. I’ve been struggling to figure out how to frame this and what I’m trying to say, but Martin Weller’s thoughtful blog post on gatherer calories and invisible artefacts and Frances Bell’s subsequent […]

Sharia Law MOOC

Never let it be said that we shy away from controversial topics in our MOOCs and OER. Our new MOOC about Sharia Law launches in early May. In this ground-breaking new course, learners will work with renowned academics from the University of Edinburgh and other leading universities across the world to explore scholarly perspectives on …