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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 […]

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 …

MOOCs: alive and kicking it

Three University of Edinburgh MOOC courses  were launched in the first half of 2020 (Data Ethics, AI and Responsible Innovation; COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application; Making Blended Education Work), two are in their final stages of development (Christian-Muslim Relations: History, Scripture, Theology, Politics; Chronic Respiratory Diseases in Primary Care Settings) and will launch in early 2021. …

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 […]

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 …

Struggling with vision loss

Reading Time: 5 minutes Within the last month the vision in my right eye has significantly diminished. This personal blog post details what the impact has been on my daily life and how recent web accessibility work has helped me cope a little better. …

What can academic libraries do to improve OER support?

For the month of May 2020, Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Sir Alex Ferguson Library are curating the Open Scotland blog. The topics GCU are presenting provide an insight into the work they do in supporting open practice, open education, and open educational resources. In our fourth and final post, Senior Library Administrator Seth Thompson returns […]

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 …

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. […]

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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, …

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 […]

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? …