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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 …

Be a part of our POSSE

OpenUK created a Universities Committee in late 2019. During our last OpenUK conference call we were joined by STEM Volunteer Outreach Program Coordinator from Red Hat. OpenUK are now looking into organising an event in June for academics run by the Teaching Open Source and POSSE teams. And we need your help spreading the word […]

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 […]

New Year, New Skills

Happy New Year from the Educational Design and Engagement team! The New Year is traditionally a time for new starts and resolutions. This year why not make a resolution to learn more about the learning technology tools and services provided by the Univ…

2019: Inspiration and Hope

2019 was a difficult year by any standards, what with Brexit looming, the disastrous general election, the strike, and other issues rather closer to home. However I don’t want to dwell on the negatives, instead I want to focus on the people and events that inspired me and gave me hope over the course of […]

Bots at the Zoo

Following on from our ALT workshop in September, the “chatbot team” was asked if we would mind running a workshop at Edinburgh Zoo for the College eActivities Group (CeAG), in collaboration with SQA and College Development Network. It was an offer we c…

Hope and Resistance

I guess this is another one of those blog posts. You know the ones. The ranty sweary ones. The morning after the night before ones. Those ones. This morning my partner said “How many times do we have to wake up like this?  It’s like fucking groundhog day.”  I’m getting a bit (a lot) fed […]

Where to draw the line?

Today I am on strike to support the industrial action called by UCU over changes to the USS pension scheme and universities’ failure to make improvements on pay, equality, casualisation and workloads.  You can find out more about the UCU strikes here: Everyone Out.  Having worked on short term contracts for much of my academic […]

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 […]

Did someone order a MicroMasters?

It’s said that you can only be the first to do something once and I can definitely say that I have been part of a team that has done just that. UoE holds the record for being the first UK institution to launch a MicroMasters on edX. Yes, a year and hal…

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 […]

Control, ALT and Tweet

It’s September and it’s far colder than it should be for this time of year in Scotland, but on a brighter note ALT-C arrived at the University of Edinburgh for their annual conference. Even the colder weather could not stop me from enjoying my first AL…

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.

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

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 …