OER Service Digital Skills Events

The OER Service runs a wide range of workshops and events as part of the University's Digital Skills programme. Our up and coming events are listed below, and you can find a full list of workshops we offer here:  OER Service Digital Skills. If you would like us to come to your school or college to run a session tailored to your requirements, please contact us at open.ed@ed.ac.uk.

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Digital Skills Festival: OER in the curriculum – recent examples of teaching with Wikipedia

May 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

“Historically, knowledge has been concentrated in the hands of the few. Marginalized groups’ histories and perspectives have been excluded by structures of power and privilege. Wikipedia revolutionizes this model, as the world’s largest, free, collaboratively-sourced encyclopedia.” (Wikimedia 2020)

This presentation and end of year celebration event, discusses the efforts of the Wikimedia residency at the University of Edinburgh; highlighting its efforts working with Wikipedia both as an ally in its mission to disseminate verifiable open knowledge and an important tool in its information literacy and digital skills strategy.

During the pandemic, a time when many have felt disconnected and powerless, this presentation will showcase stories of student empowerment; providing exemplars of how staff and students have engaged with, and been motivated by, researching and publishing their scholarship online in a real-world application of their teaching and learning.

The event will comprise of 3 lightning talk presentations followed by a brief Q&A.

Welcome : presented by Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence at University of Edinburgh, and Lorna Campbell, OER Service at University of Edinburgh.

  • Case Study 1: Reproductive Biology BSc undergraduate course programme – Dr. Agnes Stefansdottir , University of Edinburgh, introduces the Wikipedia group project where Honours students learn important digital research skills and are motivated to communicate their scholarship to improve global understanding of reproductive health topics.
  • Case Study 2: History of Art undergraduate course programme – Dr. Glaire Anderson, University of Edinburgh, introduces the ‘Art in the Age of the Great Caliphs’ Wikipedia project where students evaluate and improve topic coverage of Islamic art and science on Wikipedia.
  • Case Study 3: Global Health Challenges Pg Online programme – Dr. Evelyn Balsells, University of Edinburgh, introduces the online group assignment where Masters students evaluate and improve topic coverage of natural and manmade disasters

This session will be held online via Zoom. The event link and passcode will be sent to those registered before the session start time.

Bookings via MyEd: OER in the curriculum – recent examples of teaching with Wikipedia.


May 30
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm




Ewan McAndrew