Blog Posts

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? …

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!

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…

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 …

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 …

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 …

views and news

Jisc have published a case study of our Wikimedian in Residence . We are not sure why they won’t capitalise ‘Residence’ in the job title, or spell Allison Littlejohn’s name correctly. We did ask, but no joy. I’ll be making reference to Allison’s work this week when I speak about the future for learning and …

How to Procure Open Source

As part of my work as a Board member of the Apereo Foundation, we’ve been working on new content to more clearly make the case for adopting open source, particularly in education. Alongside that we’ve been working on developing open source health measu…

JISC case study – Wikimedia in the curriculum

Addressing the challenges of digital and information literacy, digital scholarship and open knowledge at the University of Edinburgh Summary The University of Edinburgh is the first university in the UK to appoint a university-wide Wikimedian in Residence as part of its institutional strategy to develop information and digital literacy skills for staff and students, and …

International Women’s Day 2019

We are taking the opportunity of International Women’s Day to rename our Boardroom in Argyle House after Brenda Moon, the first woman to head up a research university library when she was Librarian here at the University of Edinburgh in the 1980s and 90s. Brenda played a major role in bringing the University into the …

witchfinder

Advice from HR was not to call this job ‘Witchfinder General’. So we didn’t. But we wanted to. University of Edinburgh has a database of Scottish Witches. It has been published as open data and we are looking for a Data and Visualisation Intern to work with our Wikimedian in Residence to help us develop …

You can’t be what you can’t see.

Creating new role models on Wikipedia to encourage the next generation of #ImmodestWomen By Siobhan O’Connor, Alice White, Sara Thomas and Ewan McAndrew. Wikipedia, the free, online, multilingual encyclopaedia is building the largest open knowledge resource in human history. Now aged eighteen years old, its English language version receives over 500 million views per month, …

Happy Birthday Wikipedia!

Wikipedia turns 18 today!  Hurray!  I hope it doesn’t go out and get completely hammered and wake up in the morning with no memory of how it got home.   To celebrate this momentous occasion, Wikimedia UK has asked us all to tell them why we value Wikipedia. What does Wikipedia mean to you? The power […]

Looking Behind the Curtain

Before Christmas by lovely former colleague R. John Robertson invited me to answer some questions about digital literacy for a course on Digital Literacy and Life that he’s teaching with Cindy Strong at Seattle Pacific University.  I’m late with these responses as usual, but it was a really interesting and thought provoking exercise because I’ve never […]