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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Resource Lists & Open Textbooks (Information Session)

5th July 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Sketch of an open book with the words 'Open Text Books' and arrow spreading out to figures of people reading and using tech

This session will provide an introduction and overview of the Resource List service and how it can be used to provide streamlined student access to learning and library materials. And an introduction and overview of Open Textbooks, what they are, how they can be used, and where to find them.


Resource Lists

The Resource Lists service uses Leganto to create and manage online reading/resource lists. Lists can include library materials, journals, weblinks, links to Lynda.com tutorials, Box of Broadcasts playlists, Media Hopper videos, and more.

The key benefits of the Resource Lists service are:

Students: to provide and facilitate access to key course materials and, as a result, improve the student experience. Benefits to students include:

  • Key resources become more accessible to students: students spend more time reading items on their lists than searching for them.
  • Students can quickly see which items are ‘Essential’ reading: Resource Lists help students to prioritise their reading.
  • Improved discovery of resources: students are introduced to key resources and signposted to further reading.

Academics: to simplify and streamline access to Library services, saving time and better supporting learning and teaching.


Open Textbooks

What are open textbooks? Open Textbooks are books that have been made accessible online free of cost and are often also openly licensed as Open Educational Resources to allow free modification, use, and sharing.

Due to concern over rising costs of textbooks the movement towards Open Textbooks has been growing in the US, Canada, and now the UK. This means there are now a number of providers and projects across the globe developing quality libraries and collections of open textbooks for Higher Education.

In this session we’ll provide an overview of Open Textbooks, what they are, how they can be used, and where to find them.


Bookings via MyEd: https://edin.ac/2MZQgU6


Header Image: Open Textbooks, by Giulia Forsythe (Flickr), Public Domain


5th July 2018
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Stephanie (Charlie) Farley


Hudson Beare Building (classroom 6), Kings Buildings