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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.

  • 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…

  • Creating an open and accepting elementary education environment
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    Creating an open and accepting elementary education environment

    Creating an engaging atmosphere where students feel confident in asking questions and expressing their thoughts and feelings is more conducive to learning, retaining information and academic success in the long run.

  • 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. 

  • Exam Preparation Tips
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    Exam Preparation Tips

    Are you feeling a little bit anxious about the upcoming exams? The longer you wait for an exam, the more stressful you become. This is exactly what makes exams so intimidating. If it’s your first time preparing for a test, you may have more difficulties due to the lack of experience and practical skills. To fully understand how to study for a test, read these tips and do it like a pro.

  • Finding Reason – How Open Education Will Spark a New Educational Revolution
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    Finding Reason – How Open Education Will Spark a New Educational Revolution

    There is continuous argument that online education cannot compete with the experience of learning in a class room.

  • 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’.

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