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  • Active Evolution: Enabling Cultural Change at Edinburgh University
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    Active Evolution: Enabling Cultural Change at Edinburgh University

    Stuart Nicol (@nicolvision) is a Learning Technology team manager at University of Edinburgh. He is part of a section that focuses on “…user facing support for learning services across the university” and he has been involved in some of the complimentary initiatives that have been developed by Edinburgh and which help its staff and students use, find, create and share their open practices and resources with others. These include the open.ed OER platform (“a one-stop shop Hub”), an OER policy and a support service for educators and students as well as support for Open Scotland and a Wikimedian in Residence. 

  • All about the Practice: Openness at University of Glasgow (Kerr Gardiner)
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    All about the Practice: Openness at University of Glasgow (Kerr Gardiner)

    Kerr Gardiner is Head of Learning Technology and Media Production at The University of Glasgow, Learning and Teaching Centre. His team focuses on learning and teaching and Kerr is responsible for e-learning tools, leading a university project to develop post-graduate teaching and campus based online courses.

  • Building an OER in partnership - Understanding Parkinson's
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    Building an OER in partnership - Understanding Parkinson's

    This case study describes how the OEPS project worked with Parkinson's UK to build an open online course,

  • Building Confidence: Impact of the open course Caring Counts
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    Building Confidence: Impact of the open course Caring Counts

    Lesley Bryce was one of the first carers to participate in the Open University’s open course Caring Counts: A self-reflection and planning course for carers which first launched in June 2014. 

  • Collaborating to build “a city of information literacy, a city of Wikipedia”: Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence
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    Collaborating to build “a city of information literacy, a city of Wikipedia”: Ewan McAndrew, Wikimedian in Residence

    Ewan McAndrew works as the Wikimedian in Residence at The University of Edinburgh. Contributing to the University’s aim to enable “open culture” his role aims to be the “first residency catering for the whole university” by engaging with staff across the academy and beyond to help advocate open knowledge and explain why this is important.  Wikipedia is one of the most well known open educational resources (OER) and has seen considerable rise in usage and acceptance since its inception in 2001 with over 290 languages represented on the platform.

  • College essay writing tips
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    College essay writing tips

    If you are just about to start university or college, you will require some college essay writing pointers to help you stay out of trouble when you have to hand in your initial assignment. Also, you can check this write my paper service that can get you perfect essays and paper.   Know what is Expected and just how should estimate references?  The manner in which you're expected to set out your written work will be different according to the subject you are studying. In addition to this, each college, and in many cases individual professors or coaches, will have their favorite style.  Before you set pen to paper or fingers to keyboard, you need to understand what is expected of you. Ask your mentor, consult with some study notes that you have been given and if you can, take a look at several examples. You can do so by talking to pupils who are a year before you and took the path last year. However, this brings us nicely to the next tip.   Don't Plagiarize  Copying work that someone else has written and passing it off as your own is called plagiarism and is a significant crime in academic circles. This does not just apply to work written by other students, but also to the information you find online. Many students believe that they can just copy chunks of information they found online and use them to construct their own essays.  This has become such an issue that colleges now use sophisticated software to determine plagiarized work. So beware, you might wind up in a lot of trouble and even be thrown from your course for copying.   Reference Correctly  You're likely wondering how in the world you can compose a knowledgeable article without referring to something somebody else wrote. Don't worry; this is permitted, so long as you reference it correctly.  And there's more than one way to reference your sources in an essay! So you have to make sure to know which one the faculty wants and learn how to use it properly. Use the style your college directs you to use, even if you disagree.    Writing is compelling, mainly when you should write essays about something you're knowledgeable about. This in the long term adds up to the attempt you release when remaining long before your computer and kind nothing. Just how are you going to fix this issue?  When you compose essays, you get it done for a reason. It might be due to an assignment, or you are just another author that would love to write about whatever you encounter. Essay writing is simple once you concentrate on the name as supplied by your professor or the specific occurrence that led one to catch this paper and pencil. You have to begin with answering the topics and concerns why you're writing and place it as your debut. Research is a superb way to boost essay-writing rate. If you're making academic documents, it's ideal to consult with the library and the Internet search engine, correctly cite them in your article and give out your own opinion. You'll be amazed by how much research you'll be able to write in your newspaper; it will serve as the entire body of your article. Do not be afraid to express your own opinion.  For the end, you are able to enhance essay writing rate for this part, simply by giving out everything you'd you like your visitors to keep in mind about your own essay. When you're contemplating two items, and you agree with a few of those alternatives, you must finalize your essay from especially showing wherever your point comes out. Be concrete and prevent plagiarism.

  • Creating a Culture of Open: University of Edinburgh
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    Creating a Culture of Open: University of Edinburgh

    …I would always suggest a vision should be supported by a policy, and a policy should be supported by a service and a service should be supported by recurrent funding…

  • Creative Open Everyday Practice: Thinking Differently at UHI
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    Creative Open Everyday Practice: Thinking Differently at UHI

    Keith Smyth (@smythkrs) is Professor of Pedagogy and Head of the Learning and Teaching Academy at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). The Learning and Teaching Academy supports the development of learning and teaching practices, and engagement in educational scholarship and research, across the network of thirteen Academic Partners (including colleges and specialist research institutes) that comprise UHI. Covering a geographic area roughly the size of Belgium, UHI uses a blend of digitally enabled and face-to-face approaches to engage with learners, staff, local groups and communities across the Highlands and Islands region, and with wider communities beyond the region.   

  • edShare@GCU: Advocacy for sharing in the open
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    edShare@GCU: Advocacy for sharing in the open

    edShare@GCU is Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) repository of educational resources. Its origins can be traced back to the Spoken Word Project, which ran from 2003 to 2008, led by GCU in collaboration with BBC Information and Archives, and a number of universities in the US. “The idea was to take television and radio broadcasts from the BBC and make them available so that they could be used for classroom teaching” says Marion Kelt (@mugpunter7), Research and Open Access Librarian at GCU. 

  • Glasgow Caledonian ‘Games On’ open online event
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    Glasgow Caledonian ‘Games On’ open online event

    The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow during 2014 provided the catalyst for the Blended Learning Team at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) to develop an open event called ‘GCU Games On’.

  • Going open to support students: Open Access and Flipped Learning at Glasgow University
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    Going open to support students: Open Access and Flipped Learning at Glasgow University

    Bernd Porr (@BerndPorr) is a pioneer in the creation of open access videos and use of the flipped learning approach at the University of Glasgow. A member of the School of Engineering, a long time open access advocate and creator of “the fastest walking robot in the world” Bernd has created a suite of open access videos for students to watch as part of his Digital Signal Process (DSP) course (view the course material)

  • Growing open educational practice in Scotland: Open Scotland and the Scottish Open Education Declaration
    Education 

    Growing open educational practice in Scotland: Open Scotland and the Scottish Open Education Declaration

    Lorna Campbell has been involved in open educational technology since 1997.

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