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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Teaching with Wikipedia: a practical ‘how to’ workshop

November 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Ewan McAndrew stands next to table with women and men on laptops and using books to edit wikipedia

This event will demo best practice from working with over ten course programmes at the University of Edinburgh over the last 4 years along with exemplars from other UK universities: https://open.ed.ac.uk/wikimedia-in-education/

You will need to create a Wikipedia account in advance in order to take part.

This workshop will consist of 3 practical exercises:

  1. Setting up a dashboard page to manage a Wikipedia assignment.
  2. Editing practical (citations, images, editing in sandbox & live space).
  3. Creating a worklist of articles to create & edit.

Demystifying the process behind such assignments, attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about how assignments can be conducted in their own field. Too often Wikipedia is framed as something to be avoided, to be “consumed at your peril”. At the University of Edinburgh we flip this on its head, and see Wikipedia as learning technology, reimagining it away from something passively consumed to something our staff and students can positively contribute to, to improve global understanding on the most public of digital platforms as active engaged digital citizens, and gain a lot from as a teaching & learning experience as a result.

In a recent survey 97% of instructors have said they would teach with Wikipedia again while Wiki Education assignments have also been shown to improve student writing and the learning & teaching within the curriculum.  Importantly, students are motivated to communicate their scholarship in a real-world application of teaching & learning for an audience of not just one, their tutor, but a worldwide audience of millions. Sharing knowledge, building understanding. For the common good.


Bookings via MyEd: https://edin.ac/3tjMEC2


November 1
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


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Ewan McAndrew