Open Educational Resources and Copyright (SFHEA)

I've been working in Higher Education for six years now. Originally starting at The University of St Andrews as a Library Assistant an interest in copyright and learning technology has seen my career move from library learning services (University of Edinburgh Library), to my current role as an Open Educational Resources (OER) Advisor for the … Continue reading Open Educational Resources and Copyright (SFHEA)

23 Things for Digital Knowledge (SFHEA)

In 2016 I was tasked with creating an online course for staff and students at the University to increase knowledge and confidence with digital tools, security, and literacy. The brief included promoting digital wisdom and literacy skills, aligning with the University’s current strategy towards Digital Transformation and meet the rising need for "21st-century digital skills...needed … Continue reading 23 Things for Digital Knowledge (SFHEA)

Accessibility, Lecture Recording, and media use (SFHEA)

In 2017/18 the Information Services Group (ISG) rolled out a new lecture recording system across The University of Edinburgh. Due to rising concerns from staff around use of third-party materials, the Open Education Services team were brought in to assist with preparatory training in the areas of accessibility, copyright, licensing, and media use. While I … Continue reading Accessibility, Lecture Recording, and media use (SFHEA)

Interns – Management and Mentorship (SFHEA)

Open Content Curator Interns Over the past three years the Open Education Service has taken on an Open Content Curator intern to work with us over the summer months. Taking on the role of supervisor, line manager, and mentor, guiding our interns through their internship, I found that my line management and supervising style is … Continue reading Interns – Management and Mentorship (SFHEA)

Using playful engagement in teaching and learning (SFHEA)

I blame it all on my mother. She was my preschool / kindergarten teacher you see, and this meant that I was provided with all the fun things at home as well as in school. Learning was always approached from a perspective of playfulness and I've brought this with me all throughout my own education … Continue reading Using playful engagement in teaching and learning (SFHEA)

PTAS research on the effectiveness of playfulness (SFHEA)

While the feedback from participants at the OER Board Game Jam workshops confirmed that participants were definitely enjoying the sessions, I wanted to try to measure whether or not the playful approach was meeting my own goal of educating and improving the copyright and open licence literacy of my learners. In early 2017 I contacted … Continue reading PTAS research on the effectiveness of playfulness (SFHEA)

Developing a playful strategy for ISG (SFHEA)

Due to my activities around using games and playful engagements in workshops, training, and courses at the University, in 2017 I was approached by Melissa Highton, our Director of Learning, Teaching and Web Services and the Assistant Principal of Online Learning, and tasked with developing a Playful Engagement Strategy for our Information Services Group (ISG).  … Continue reading Developing a playful strategy for ISG (SFHEA)

Geosciences Outreach and Open Educational Resources

One of my first projects with the Open Education service is also one that continues to grow in scope and impact. In 2016 I began working with the 4th year undergraduate Geoscience Outreach course which provides students with the opportunity to develop science communication and engagement projects in partnership with a local education, public, or … Continue reading Geosciences Outreach and Open Educational Resources