Open Scotland is a collaborative cross sector initiative led by…
Into the Open – a critical overview of open education policy and practice in Scotland
INTO THE OPEN
a critical overview of open education policy
and practice in Scotland
Lorna M. Campbell
OER Liaison – Open Scotland, University of Edinburgh
• Part of Information Services
• Supports digital student experience
and provides learning and teaching
technology services to the
• Including educational design &
engagement, e-learning, digital skills
training, the University website,
multimedia and classroom
technology teams, Wikimedian in
Residence, open education and
• Open Scotland.
Open Scotland is a cross sector
initiative that aims to raise
awareness of open education,
encourage the sharing of open
educational resources, and
explore the potential of open
policy and practice to benefit
all sectors of Scottish
• Perception that open
education is peripheral to
Scot Gov priorities.
• Lack of a statistical evidence
base supporting impact of
open education on learners.
• Scottish Open Education
Declaration brought to
attention of Cabinet
Secretaries for Education by
ALT Scotland SIG.
• Encouraging but non-
• Interest from Slovenian
• SFC Funded, 2014 – 2017.
• Aims to facilitate best practice in open education in Scotland.
• Activities include running workshops & events, providing expert guidance, collating
case studies, supporting open practice communities.
• Particularly successful in engaging with third sector.
• Learning Design and Thinking About Open workshops running throughout
• Open courses launched:
• Becoming an Open Educator .
• Understanding Parkinson’s with Parkinson’s UK.
• My Seaweed Looks Weird, with UHI & Scottish Association for Marine Science.
• OEPS Blog https://oepscotland.org/
• OEPS Project http://www.oeps.ac.uk/
Glasgow Caledonian University
• Approved interim OER Policy.
• Undertaking advocacy and OER awareness training.
• Have established EdShare repository
• 300 resources deposited in first 6 months.
• 40% are CC licensed.
University of Edinburgh
• OER Vision building on
• History of the Edinburgh Settlement.
• Excellent education and research collections.
• Traditions of the Enlightenment and civic mission.
• OER Policy
• Approved by Learning and Teaching Committee.
• Encourages staff and students to use, create and publish OERs to
enhance the quality of the student experience.
• Help colleagues make informed decisions about creating and using
OER in support of the University’s OER Vision.
Wikimedian in Residence
• Aims to facilitate a sustainable
relationship between university &
Wikimedia UK to benefit of both
• Training and workshops to further
quantity and quality of open knowledge
and the University’s commitment to
• Encourage more women editors to
engage with Wikimedia.
• Enhance coverage and prestige of
articles about women.
• WiR blog http://thinking.is.ed.ac.uk/wir/
• University of Edinburgh & OER16
awarded Wikimedia UK’s 2016
Partnership of the Year Award.
University of Dundee
• No OER policy as yet
but hoping to progress
• Sharing student
developed content on
Vimeo and Flickr
• Showcase of OER from
Masters in Medical Art
• School of Dentistry
sharing dental models
FE Sector • FE sector is bedding down after
upheaval of regionalisation.
• Merging institutional systems &
creating infrastructure to share is a
• Re:Source repository hosted by
Jorum moved to
• More interest in walled garden
approach to sharing, e.g. Blended
Learning Consortium ld by Heart of
Worcestershire College. cf COLEG
• Sector is accepting of open
educational practice and OER in
theory, but cautious in actual
• Announced retirement
of Jorum in 2015.
• Service will close on 30th
• Jorum customers can
export copies of their
• Some content will be
migrated to the new Jisc
Content and App Store.
ALT Scotland SIG
• Supports Open Scotland.
• Liaises with OEPS.
• Brings together policy makers.
• Raises awareness of open education at Scot Gov
• Hosts annual events to showcase use of education
technology and open education across sector.
National Library of Scotland
• Continue to review open licensing
policy with a view to making more
content openly available.
• CC-BY on images up to 1000px, core
metadata & OCR (unless library
doesn’t own copyright).
• CC-0 for metadata supplied to
• CC-BY-NC-SA on images > 1000px,
extended metadata (such as long
form descriptions) & manual
• Planning to load more images on to
With thanks to...
Slide 1 & 28 Lorna M. Campbell, CC BY.
Slide 2 Lawrence OP, CC BY NC ND 2.0
Sarah Cornelius, University of Aberdeen; Sam Coulter, University of West Scotland;
Linda Creanor, Glasgow Caledonian University; Kerr Gardiner, University of Glasgow;
Marion Kelt, Glasgow Caledonian University; Natalie Lafferty, University of Dundee;
Kenjij Lamb, College Development Network; Joe Wilson, joewilson.net
Lorna M. Campbell, firstname.lastname@example.org | email@example.com
Open Scotland http://openscot.net/ | Open World http://lornamcampbell.org/