Open Education Week 2023

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Open Education Week (OE Week) is an annual celebration hosted by Open Education Global that provides an opportunity for actively sharing and learning about the latest achievements in Open Education worldwide.

This year for Open Education Week the OER Service will be running two events together with colleagues from the Online Course Production Service, see below for registration and details.  In addition to these two events, we will also be sharing some of the award-winning open educational resources (OER) co-created by staff and students around the University as part of the OE Week 2023 Resource Collection.

Open for Good: 10 years of open course development at Edinburgh University

7 March 2023, 15:00 – 16:00 GMT

Featured in Open Education Week badgeThis public webinar will tell the story of how the University of Edinburgh has developed an open course creation workflow that has enabled us to shared 100 free short open course and over 1000 OERs over the last 10 years.

In 2013 the University of Edinburgh launched our first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in partnership with Coursera, as part of our strategy to become a world leader in digital education. Ten years later, we’ve built a diverse portfolio of 100 free short online courses, covering everything from Astrobiology to Andy Warhol. We’ve developed partnerships with international education providers, universities and cultural organisations, and our courses have benefitted 4 million learners worldwide.

To ensure our courses are open, sustainable, and accessible to all, openness is embedded in every step of the course creation workflow, supported by a dedicated Online Course Production Service, working closely with our OER Service. Underpinned by the core values of open education, accessibility and quality, the Online Course Production Service works in collaboration with academic partners to ensure all our open courses align with University strategy and the UN Sustainable Development Agenda. Over 1,200 Creative Commons licensed media resources from these courses have been shared through our Open Media Bank where they can be accessed by learners in perpetuity, and downloaded for remixing and repurposing by educators around the world. We also share our workflows and open practice through blog posts, open pedagogy and learning design resources, open policies, and have created two open courses to share our expertise – How to Create an Online Course, and How to Create Video for Online Courses.

Join our team of senior leaders, learning technologists, media producers, instructional designers and open educators to hear the story of how we developed this unique open course development workflow and to discover what we learned along the way.

Speakers will include Stuart Nicol, Head of Educational Design and Engagement; Fiona Buckland, Online Course Production Service; Geoff Fortescue, Media Production; Lorna M. Campbell, OER Service; Lauren Johnston-Smith, Online Learning Marketing.

This webinar is open to all and will be held in Zoom. Register here via Eventbrite.

Open Education in the Curriculum

8 March 2023, 12:00 – 13:00 GMT

Using, creating, and sharing open educational resources (OER) is an effective way to transform the curriculum, and engage staff and students in the co-creation of learning experiences, encouraging interdisciplinarity and open scholarship, while developing a wide range of transferable digital skills.

This digital skills session will introduce you to  ways in which open educational practices and OER are being used across the university and the benefits this provides, including:

• transforming and diversifying the curriculum,
• improving digital skills for both staff and students,
• engaging students in the co-creation of learning experiences,
• creating legacy, impact, and resources that can be reused by other communities and organisations,
• providing concrete examples of skills and knowledge that students can use towards their professional careers.
This event is open to University of Edinburgh staff. Register via People and Money