Open.Ed Open Science
Open.Ed Open Science By Lorna M. Campbell and Charlie Farley, OER Service, Learning Teaching and Web. This poster will introduce the University of Edinburgh’s OER Service and highlight a number of ways that the service supports openness in science education. Open Knowledge, encompassing open access, open science, open data and open educational resources (OER), is central to the University’s institutional mission to provide the highest quality learning and teaching environment for the greater wellbeing of our students, and to make a significant, sustainable and socially responsible contribution to Scotland, the UK and the world. In support of this mission, the University has a vision for OER that builds on the history of the Edinburgh Settlement, excellent education and research collections, traditions of the Scottish Enlightenment and the University’s civic mission. This vision is backed up by an OER Policy and an OER Service which provides staff and students with advice and guidance on creating and using open educational resources. Based in Information Services, the OER Service supports engagement with openness in science education through a variety of initiatives. These include: • Providing advice and guidance to colleagues in the College of Science and Engineering on creating, finding and using open educational resources. • Showcasing open Science, Medicine, and Engineering resources on Open.Ed, the University’s one stop shop providing access to open educational resources produced by staff and students across the university. • Hosting Open Content Curation interns who work with the School of Geosciences to create open educational resources based on material produced by students as part of the Geosciences Outreach and Engagement Course. These new openly licensed resources are shared online through Open.Ed, TES, and other science and teaching repositories where they can be found and reused by teachers and learners. • Innovating with Open Knowledge - resources and case studies to help entrepreneurs and creative individuals develop the knowledge and skills to find and access the wide range of open research and content that universities produce. The series includes a number of open science cases studies covering Citizen Science, Bioinformatics and Drug Discovery. • Working with the University’s Wikimedian in Residence to support a range of initiatives, including Ada Lovelace Day and Women in Science Editathons, which aim to improve the coverage and esteem of Wikipedia articles about women in science, and redress the gender imbalance of contributors by encouraging more women to become editors • Supporting the creation of open science MOOCs covering a wide range of topics including climate change, research data management, astrobiology, artificial intelligence, and particle physics.
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