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.

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Birds of Midlothian: Open Textbook Interview

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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

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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

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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

Illustration of a rat and text: RatR(D)SVS

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

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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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Reflections on Burns Night Editathon and My First Experience of Giving Training

This post is written by new Assistant Wikimedian in Residence, Ellie Whitehead. On Burns Night, 25th January, I ran my first Wikipedia Editathon event. The event looked to add more Scottish traditions, information about Robert Burns, and Scottish women in literature onto Wikipedia. Together we made 557 total edits, added 15.5k words, created 7 new […]

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