For the last few years the University of Edinburgh have run an “Innovative Learning Week” in which no traditional lectures or tutorials take place, instead students (and staff) are encouraged to experiment, to engage in new ways, to participate in events and teaching activities beyond their usual discipline or subject areas. It is a really lovely concept and I am always amazed at the range of events and collaborations that take place in that very busy week.
This year Innovative Learning Week runs from Monday 15th to Friday 19th February and I am involved in a few events that I thought I would share here for those based at Edinburgh (do sign up!) and for the interest of others who may be curious about what an ILW event looks like…
History of Medicine Wikipedia Editathon
This event, a follow up last year’s very successful editathon, is something I have been involved in the planning of (and will be baking for) although I’ll only be able to be there on the Thursday. However, a fantastic group of information services, academic and Wikipedian in Residence folks are making this event happen and it should be both fun andÂ really interesting. Great for those wanting to brush up their Wikipedia skills too.Â
Join theÂ Innovative Learning Week History of Medicine Wikipedia EditathonÂ (open to students, staff, and all others who are interested), where you will have an opportunity to edit Wikipedia and meet our new Wikimedian in Residence, Ewan McAndrew.Â Join us in re-writing the Wikipedia pages of Edinburghâ€™s infamous medicalÂ figures including body-snatcher William Burke, the intriguing Dr. James Miranda Barry, or choose to enhance and create content for notable University of Edinburgh alumni (see the list under the How do I prepare section http://bit.ly/ILWEditathonEventPage).
Wikipedia training provides staffÂ valuable digital skills to support CPD as well as hands on experience using an open accessÂ educational repository.Â No experience necessary as each session will offer Wikipedia editing and publishing training and the opportunity to observe online collaboration, public engagement, knowledge exchange, and scholarly communication in action.
Join inÂ for one session, a full day, or for all three (sessions run in David Hume Tower, Teaching Studio LG.07):
- TUESDAY 16Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Session1: 2pm-5pm
- WEDNESDAYÂ 17Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â S2:Â 10am-1pm; S3: 2-5pm
- THURSDAY 18Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â S4: 10am-1pm; S5: 2-5pm
Sign up:Â http://bit.ly/ILWEditathon2016Â and/or follow usÂ and share on Twitter:Â #ILWEditathon @LTW_UOE. If you are attending please bring your own personal laptop or tablet if you are able.
Creating an Effective Presence (Engineering)
I will be leading a section in this workshop on managing your digital footprint, developing and effective online presence, managing social media settings and options, as part of a wider session that looks at what it means to present yourself as a professional engineer and to evidence your skills and experience.Â
This workshop on Tuesday 16th February (2-5pm), jointly hosted by the School of Engineering, the Careers Service and EDINA, will focus on Digital Footprint Awareness and creating an effective online presence to support summer internship and placement applications.
The session will include:
- advice on using LinkedIn effectively;
- an introduction to PebblePad for online portfolios;
- guidance on managing your digital footprint.
Before attending, make sure youâ€™ve registered for an account on LinkedIn.Â This is a BYOD session (bring your own device e.g. laptop or tablet).
Sign up (students in the School of Engineering only): http://www.innovativelearning.ed.ac.uk/creating-effective-online-presence-engineering
Communicating science to non-academic audiences ? who, what, why and how.
I have been involved in the planning of this session which I am contributing some social media, copyright/licensing and science communication expertise and resources to.
This science communication workshop explores how critical it is to identify your target audience and tailor your Open Educational Resource accordingly. The group will identify audiences and explore what their specific needs are before creating an interactive, web based, Open Educational Resource.
- Monday 15th February (9.00-11.30am):Â http://www.innovativelearning.ed.ac.uk/communicating-science-non-academic-audiences-who-what-why-and-how-0
- Wednesday 17th February (9.00-11.30am): http://www.innovativelearning.ed.ac.uk/communicating-science-non-academic-audiences-who-what-why-and-how
Other eventsÂ worth noting include…Â
- Smart Data Hack:Â http://smartdatahack.org/
- Learn to Code:Â http://www.innovativelearning.ed.ac.uk/learn-code
- WoW: Learning from and in World of Warcraft:Â http://www.innovativelearning.ed.ac.uk/wow-learning-and-world-warcraft
- Low Carbon Pizza:Â http://www.innovativelearning.ed.ac.uk/lets-make-low-carbon-pizza
The ILW newspaper (below) includes some highlights or you can search the programme in full here:Â http://www.innovativelearning.ed.ac.uk/ilw-calendar
And I’ll be sharing some of the resources from the sessions I’m involved with here on my blog (likely on the Publications and Presentations page).