Edinburgh University OER website launch

Last week we helped launch Open.Ed, a new website devoted to showcasing Open Educational Resources (OERs) at the University of Edinburgh.

Our Interactive Content service not only designed and built the site, but several of our OER-related projects are featured in the collection:

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Related links

FutureMS research website

FutureMS is a Scotland-wide research study for people recently diagnosed with MS. Using clinical exams, brain imaging & genetics to try to predict severity.

Read more about our recent website launch:

http://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/help-consultancy/consultancy-services/interactive-content-service/our-recent-work/futurems-research-website

ALD15 – Review

Summary

Tuesday the 13th of October was the inaugural Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) at the University of Edinburgh. The Interactive Content (IC) team were responsible for the design, development and facilitation of 5 key workshop activities. Not only did registered University students and staff enjoy the day, but so did a significant number of guests from the Edinburgh community.

OERs

All the team’s deliverables and handbooks were Creative Commons licensed (CC-BY-SA) for easy distribution and maximum reuse. N.B. This is Free Culture Licence.

Merchandise

In addition to the digital OERs published, the IC team designed a broad-range of ALD themed promotional materials including:

  • pull-up banners
  • tote bags
  • t-shirts
  • posters
  • cardboard cut-out

Social media statistics for the w/c 12OCT2015

  • 1K+ page views on the Ada Lovelace Day WordPress site
  • 1K+ votes and 13k+ page views for the LEGO ‘Lovelace & Babbage‘ project
  • 71 favourites and 48 retweets from the IC @Tweelearning Twitter account alone
    • Impressions: 9,447 (times people saw these Tweets on Twitter)
    • Total engagements: 665 (times people interacted with these Tweets)
  • ~400 unique Tweets using the official event hashtag #ALD15EdUni (via Topsy)

Guest Speaker

Katya Krasnopeeva from Pilizota Lab, within the School of Biological Sciences, very kindly gave an inspirational overview of her current research post. She even had a short video demonstrating how LEGO was used to help them out with a rather repetitive laboratory procedure.

Activity A – ‘Garden of Ada’

  • ‘Garden of Ada’ adult colouring-in illustration (.PDF + Flickr + Wikimedia Commons)
  • In addition to the standard A4 version given away, an A0 version was printed for a collaborative drawing exercise
    • Hand drawn by Interactive Content team member Jackie Aim

Activity B – Sonic Pi music compositions

  • Sonic Pi workshop handbook (.PDF)
    • ‘An introduction to Sonic Pi’ written by Interactive Content team member Stuart Brett

Official tweet

 

Activity C – LEGO® Raspberry Pi enclosure

  • LEGO Raspberry Pi enclosure workshop handbook (.PDF)
    • Written by Jackie Aim
  • LEGO Raspberry Pi enclosure photographs (Twitter + Flickr)

Activity D – Cardboard Raspberry Pi enclosure

  • Ada Lovelace Raspberry Pi cardboard enclosures (Purple .PDF + Blue .PDF)
    • Designed by Stuart Brett

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Official tweet

 

Activity E – Ada selfies

  • Ada Lovelace cardboard cutout
    • Designed by Stuart Brett

Update 10NOV2015 – Wikipedia Contributions

    • With help from the very generous Sara Thomas (Museums Galleries Scotland – Wikimedia in Residence), one University of Edinburgh student made substantial additions to the Ada Lovelace Wikipedia page (Persian)

 

 


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Ada Lovelace Day 2015

The University of Edinburgh will be hosting its very first Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 13th October 2015 – an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

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The Interactive Content Team is playing a leading role in several creative workshops and is responsible for creating all the graphic design for the event; banners, merchandise and visual aids.

Our provisional schedule includes:

  • composing music with algorithms
  • building Raspberry Pi enclosures with LEGO
  • metadata games (University of Edinburgh’s Library and University Collections division)
  • Wikipedia training session and edit-a-thon
  • guest speakers

Please note that booking details will be announced shortly on the following website and Twitter account:

HIV/AIDS online resources for teachers

Last Friday Lothian Health Services Archive (LHSA) launched a brand new website filled with educational resources, images and audio-visual material based on their UNESCO-awarded HIV/AIDS collections.

Over a 4 month development window, in close collaboration with LHSA Project Conservator Emily Hick, the Interactive Content team developed a showcase website that would house their collection in an attractive, functional and engaging design.

Each member of the team played an important role in different aspects of this multifaceted and exciting project. In a little under 20 total development days the following deliverables were achieved:

  • website design and development
    • WordPress bespoke theme (responsive)
    • parallax scrolling animation (CSS/jQuery)
  • design for print
    • Word/PDF templates
    • postcards (A6)
    • posters (A3)
  • audio/video editing and publishing
    • YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud
  • Jorum metadata creation and publishing
    • ~40 OER records shared

WhatsApp Dick‽

BBC embrace WhatsApp as a legitimate news service

Launched on February 28th, the BBC have fully engaged with WhatsApp to deliver interactive content around the reburial of Richard III. Stewart Lamb Cromar reviews the quality, diversity and innovation of their instant messaging publications.

1) Fri 13 Mar

After 13 days of radio silence, the BBC published their first piece of interactive content. This BBC News article from September 2012 wasn’t the best of starts in terms of engagement or breaking new ground.

2) Sun 15 Mar

Another archival post from May 2014, this time accompanied with a photograph of Usain Bolt.

3) Mon 16 Mar

This interactive video map represents the first new 100% piece of Richard III content we’ve seen. Whilst the BBC claim this page is best viewed on their desktop site, I found the 8-part video perfectly usable on a mobile device. What I did find disconcerting was the lack of audio, it’s more a slideshow than video to be honest and it would have benefited from someone narrating the on-screen text.

4) Tue 17 Mar

Our third previously published news story (April 2014), this time about Sherlock actor Martin Freeman playing Shakespeare’s doomed king Richard III in the West End.

5) Wed 18 Mar

A second WhatsApp photograph asks us to reconsider our thinking on Richard III’s hair and eye colour.

6) Thu 19 Mar

Did you know Richard III has some deadly connections with both solar and lunar eclipses? #topical

7) Fri 20 Mar

Things start to lighten up, a fun little CBBC video and an emoji opinion poll:

Was the king: SMILING FACE WITH HALO or IMP?

8) Sat 21 Mar

Before King Richard III’s remains are reinterred during a ceremony next Thursday, we’re treated to 6 facts for the remaining 6 days. And finally, the emoji poll results are revealed:

For most of you KRIII was: SMILING FACE WITH HALOCROWNGB FLAG

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Conclusion

With the reburial still left it may be a little premature to make any firm conclusions, but based on what we’ve been sent so far I’m pretty impressed. Despite a shaky start, I genuinely find it quite exciting to get a WhatsApp alert direct from the BBC. Their now daily Richard III messages are a perfect appetiser before engaging with extended Richard III BBC News website content.

With the sole exception of the emoji poll, communication for me was strictly one-way. This may be down to my lack of experience with WhatsApp, had I asked a question or commented on one their posts they may well have been answered.

As with Facebook and Twitter before it, it’s only a matter of time before other major content providers adopt WhatsApp as a serious educational delivery platform. I would love to hear about the success of their Richard III WhatsApp alert service when it concludes, in particular how many subscribers they garnered and what level of resourcing was required internally.

Did you also subscribe to this alert service? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below or via Twitter.

Related Links

Future Reserves Research Programme

Interactive Content (IC) recently completed a new WordPress site for the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) based within the University.

The Future Reserves Research Programme (FRRP) is helping to identify and understand issues affecting reservists and regulars around integration.

Completed in under 2 days total development IC were able to deliver a broad range of services:

  • migrate previous FRRP wordpress.com blog to UoE servers
  • design responsive child theme based on client’s mock-up
  • identify and configure key plugins
  • arrange group mailing list (custom email alias)
  • establish and integrate Twitter profile
  • provide web hosting (within Information Services)

Office Downtime

The Interactive Content team go for a wee jaunt round the relaxation Labyrinth outside our office. Google Glass helps us capture Jackie’s reflective downtime.

Edinburgh Labyrinth

The Edinburgh Labyrinth is in a corner of George Square Gardens, and adds to the peaceful nature of this area, giving a chance to relax or reflect while walking this ancient path.

Walking the path offers a unique space to slow down, still the mind and find time in a fast paced world for reflection.
The Edinburgh Labyrinth is a path of welcome for anyone – staff member, student or visitor. Why not walk it at lunchtime or at the beginning or end of your day?

It takes around 30 minutes at a steady pace.

YouTube Subtitling Tutorial

Do you need help creating video subtitles?

Please download our CCBY3.0 licenced YouTube subtitle tutorial. There is a 12-page handbook with easy-to-follow instructions and a 20-slide PowerPoint for the workshop facilitator.

During a 2-hour workshop held on 23OCT2014, LTW staff members contributed over 10 video subtitle files (.srt) to Wikimedia Commons.