Blog Posts

23 Things for Digital Knowledge: An Intern’s Experience

Paula Gomez Valiente, MSc Language and Intercultural Communication student and 23 Things for Digital Knowledge intern, shares her experience working on the relaunch of the 23 Things for Digital Knowledge course. The new 23 Things course is aimed at students—undergraduate and postgraduate students alike—who would benefit from learning all about the myriad of free resources, software, and apps at their disposal.

OER24: Gathering Courage

Last week the OER24 Conference took place at the Munster Technological University in Cork and I was privileged to go along with our OER Service intern Mayu Ishimoto.  The themes of this year’s conference were:  Open Education Landscape and Transformation Equity and Inclusion in OER Open Source and Scholarly Engagement Ethical Dimensions of Generative AI […]

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Birds of Midlothian: Open Textbook Interview

In our fifth and final Open Education Week 2024 open textbook interview, Charlie Farley talks to Mayu Ishimoto, an Architectural History and Heritage student who worked as an Open Content Curator intern with the OER Service over the summer of 2023. Mayu now works one day a week as an intern with the OER Service, and published the open textbook Birds of Midlothian as one of her summer projects.

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Introduction to Bioimage Analysis: Open Textbook Interview

In the fourth of our Open Education Week 2024 open textbook interviews, Charlie Farley talks to Dr Peter Bankhead, Reader in the Institute of Genetics and Cancer at The University of Edinburgh. Creator of digital imaging open-source software, QuPath, which has been downloaded close to half a million times, cited in about 3,000 academic articles, and is used all over the world, both in academia and industry. Dr Bankhead has published his open textbook Introduction to Bioimage Analysis using GitHub and Jupyter Books.

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Fundamentals of Music Theory: Open E-Textbook Interview

In the third of our Open Education Week 2024 open textbook interviews, Charlie Farley  talks to Dr Nikki Moran, Senior Lecturer in Music at the ECA. Niki is lead author and presenter of the University of Edinburgh’s Coursera MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), Fundamentals of Music Theory, engaging 300000 active learners and recruiting around 500 new students per week. Fundamentals of Music Theory was the first open e-textbook published on Edinburgh Diamond as part of a pilot project in collaboration with the OER Service.

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R@R(D)SVS: Open Textbook Interview

In the second of our Open Education Week 2024 open textbook interviews, Charlie Farley  talks to Dr Jill Mackay, Senior Lecturer (Veterinary Medical Education) at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies. Dr Mackay is a proponent of open science, and particularly exploring how education research can adopt open science practices. She has created and published multiple OER, including the open textbook R@R(D)SVS designed to help staff and students get to grips with with R programming.

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Open Textbook Interview Series for OE Week 2024

March 4th-8th marks Open Education Week 2024, an annual celebration and opportunity for those working in Open Education to actively share their achievements and learn about what others are achieving worldwide.  This year we’re celebrating Open Education Week by publishing a series of interviews with staff and students across the University who have created and published open textbooks. Open textbooks are books that have been made accessible online free of cost and are also openly licensed to allow free modifications, use, and sharing.

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Re-use, OER, & 23 Things

The University of Edinburgh’s 23 Things for Digital Knowledge is a self-directed course aimed towards students new to The University of Edinburgh to introduce and refresh the range of digital tools, services, software, support, and knowledge available. What you may not know is that for both iterations of the course, content has been created by re-using open licensed content from the University of Edinburgh and itself is open licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (CC BY). In fact we actively encourage you to take our Digital Knowledge course and adapt it for your own purposes.

Upload Stage & WW2 Educational Resource

The upload stage of Edinburgh’s Their Finest Hour project has begun! After collecting over fifty testimonies, and thousands of photographs of WW2-related objects at the collection day, we are now working through the stories and photos, and uploading them to Oxford’s online archive that will launch in June. While we do this, we’re keeping a […]

Happy 23rd Birthday Wikipedia!

This post is written by new Assistant Wikimedian in Residence, Ellie Whitehead. 23 years ago, on 15th January 2001, Wikipedia was launched as an independent, online open-source encyclopaedia. In its first year it amassed 20, 000 articles appearing in 18 different languages. Since then, Wikipedia has grown to be an internationally known and respected symbol […]

Edinburgh Collection Day

  On Saturday 25th November, Edinburgh University student and staff volunteers ran a successful digital archive event on Saturday as part of the University of Oxford’s Their Finest Hour project.  Over 100 members of the public came to the event, and volunteers recorded over 50 interviews and took thousands of photographs of items including a […]

Press Release

Public event aims to preserve Second World War memories  The University of Edinburgh is inviting people to bring stories and objects relating to the Second World War to a Digital Collection Day at Rainy Hall, New College on 25th November 2023, from 10am to 4pm.      The University of Edinburgh is excited to partner with […]

SIGN-UP: Edinburgh Digital Collection Day

Do you have any Second World War related stories and objects passed down to you from your parents, grandparents and other family members? Would you like to digitally preserve these stories and objects before they are lost to history? Bring your diaries, letters, photos, memories, objects* or stories about your family’s wartime experience to our Digital […]

Starting the “Their Finest Hour” Internship

In July 2022, the University of Oxford launched a digital preservation project; to collate as many World War Two stories and objects as possible across the UK. The scheme, called Their Finest Hour, trains individuals to organise ‘Digital Collection Days’ in their local communities, where members of the public can bring war-related memories, photographs, diaries and any […]

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As previously teased, I am a  delighted to say we are launching a 3-year pilot of BadgEd, a new Open Digital Badge service, so that students and staff can earn their stripes and show off their achievements in black and white! It’s taken me a while to get this in place. I am indebted to …

Open Scotland @10 Plenary Panel synthesis & outputs

This summary of the Open Scotland @10 plenary panel at OER23 by Lorna M. Campbell was originally published at OpenWorld blog. To mark 10 years of the Open Scotland initiative, Joe Wilson and I ran two events as part of the OER23 Conference at UHI in Inverness, which provided an opportunity for members of the education community to reflect […]

OER23 Conference: Imagining hopeful futures

I’m a bit late with this OER23 reflection, it’s taken me a couple of weeks to catch up with myself and to let some of the ideas generated by the conference percolate.   It was fabulous to see the OER Conference returning to Scotland for the fist time since we hosted it at the University of […]

“Digital Volunteering with Wikipedia” – the Edinburgh Award

We know that many students are involved in activities alongside their studies such as volunteering, part-time work, and getting involved in the University community. To help these activities to stand out from the crowd, our University has a new Award for “Digital Volunteering with Wikipedia” to sit beside other available Edinburgh Awards– the Edinburgh Award […]

Recovering Histories – Improving Equality and Diversity Online

Three students co-authored an application to take part in a Student Experience Grant project over a 14-week time period, learning how to edit Wikipedia and how to fill in diversity gaps on the website: Eleanor– PhD Student researching LGBTQ+ History. Sian – PhD student researching Black History. Kirsty  – Undergraduate student researching Gender History. Each […]

100 MOOCs more

University of Edinburgh has been publishing MOOCs as open educational resources for 10 years. Huge thanks go to all the academic teams who choose this route to share the knowledge they have created with learners all over the world.

Open Media Bank: Legacy MOOC Project

The Instructional Design Team have just completed a project with the OER (Open Educational Resources) Service which, as all good projects do, started with a mysterious old dusty spreadsheet. It was a record of legacy MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)…

OfS review of Blended Learning

In March 2002 the Office for Students announced their plan to review blended learning provision in English universities.  I was delighted to be invited to be part of the expert panel doing the review. The OfS currently hold no sway in Scotland, but they shape the ways in which some of the universities in England …

Ada Lovelace Day 2022

As every year, I gathered colleagues, friends and students to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day again.  There was story on the BBC that this year might be the end for ALD, but I am not convinced. There is still much work to be done. “According to data published by STEM Women – a company which organises networking …

ALTC 2022 – Reconnecting

Earlier this month the annual ALT Conference returned as an in-person event for the first time since the pandemic.  Around 400 participants joined the hybrid conference at the University of Manchester, for both an in-person and online programme.  For many delegates it was their first in-person conference since the Before Times and I think it’s […]