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

SDEO Show and Tell

Thursday afternoon I attended the SDEO (Scottish Dental Education Online) show and tell session at Edinburgh Dental Institute. The SDEO is a group made up of the four Scottish dental schools, Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and funded by NES (NHS Education Scotland) and has been going since 2009.

Aberdeen
Aberdeen were first to present and Doug Bean began with introducing the SDEO website which was built and implemented by Aberdeen. The site uses Shibboleth login for authentication to access the learning resources. The resources can be accessed in 2 ways, through the ‘Learning Resources’ tab and the ‘Resources for Teachers’ tab.

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The Learning Resources has 9 subject areas including Anatomy & Physiology and Dental Materials. Within these drop-down subject areas there are various topics. These topics are the courses, each one compiled by experts in those areas from the 4 dental schools. the ‘Resources for Teachers’ holds all the media contained in each of the topics which lecturers can use in their own teaching.

Aberdeen went on to discuss which topics they had been and are currently working on. One of these is ‘Writing Referral Letters’ which feedback can be added, designed for peer review. They also showed a Tooth Preparation topic to which the student can upload their own photographs and critically analyse their own procedures, for example comparing one they did 2 weeks earlier with a current procedure. Another topic Aberdeen have been creating is on Smile analysis and the Golden Ratio.

Dundee
Dundee previously focused on biology but Andrew Mason now mentioned they were moving towards more clinical practice topics. They aim to make their learning resources as interactive as possible including staff and students in content development. They have created a 3D skull from CT scans and data which includes individual bones and teeth. They have topics such as Jaw Reflexes and Electromyography and their upcoming topics will include Facial Fractures. Dundee are currently working on the Temporomandibular Joint and use of an Articulator. They have also been trialling with iBooks and have created a rotatable 3D tooth and quizzes.

Edinburgh
Although Edinburgh are no longer funded by the project they are still included as part of the group. Their last resources were created around 2011 and are all based on restorative dentistry. Oonagh Lawrie showed us topics which include The Gingival Margin, Making a Good Alginate Impression, Matrices and Rubber Dam these are all supported by a large number of photographs and detailed video of the procedures. Edinburgh did a trial on their resources to see if the they improved their students making of casts. Half the students were shown Making a Good Alginate Impression before they made their casts and the other half were not. The group of students who had looked at the resource beforehand were significantly better than those who hadn’t.

Glasgow
Ziad Al-Ani from Glasgow talked about the resources they have created, including Tooth Morphology, Radiographic Techniques, Safe Use of Handpieces and Management of Sharp Injury to name but a few and mentioned where all their resources were being used in their teaching. Their resources are made up of lectures, photographs, video and voice-overs. They have also created a 2D version of Tooth Morphology designed for use on tablets and have received good feedback from students.

DDS
DDS (Digital Design Studio) Glasgow were also demonstrating their 3D Head and Neck also funded by NES. The head and neck are fully interactive with muscle veins and bone which can be removed and added, as well as rotated. They also had an expert assist with building the parts of the inner ear, and also have detailed eyes for potential uses in Ophthalmology.

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)

SULSA

Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA) is a research pooling partnership between the Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, St Andrews and Strathclyde that is supported by the Scottish Funding Council.

In a fruitful collaboration between SULSA (Matthew Ross & Denise Barrault), School of Biological Sciences, LTS Graphics Lab team (Julie Robinson & Joanne Gordon) and the e-learning unit (Stewart Cromar) a brand new SULSA website was developed and launched in February this year. This bespoke Drupal 7 solution included advanced metadata taxonomies to support all SULSA events, persons, research facilities (6) and geographic locations (16+).

The Euan MacDonald Centre

The Euan MacDonald Centre (EMC) at the University of Edinburgh is a “centre without walls” of 30 researchers across Scotland that seeks to improve the lives of patients living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) through fundamental discovery research as well as a growing portfolio of patient-centred research projects.

EMC approached LTS 2013 Q3 to redesign their public facing website, a static HTML build. Graphics Lab (Stuart Brett) worked closely with Rebecca Devon, Denise Cranley and Euan MacDonald to produce new visuals. The e-learning team then rapidly developed (5 developers over 2 days) a bespoke WordPress theme featuring a responsive web design (RWD). This very quickly gave the EMC team an easy-to-use content management system (CMS) with improved control over their publishing.

The new WordPress site had its public launch on the 29th of October 2013.