Lorna M. Campbell (SCMALT, FSNR)

I have over twenty-five years experience working in education technology and interoperability standards, with a specific focus on open education.  I currently work as a Service Manager – Learning Technology within Education Design and Engagement at the University of Edinburgh, where I support the OER Service and Academic Blogging Service. I am a Senior Certified Member of ALT (SCMALT) and from 2016 – 2022 I was a Trustee of both Wikipedia UK and the Association for Learning Technology.  I am an active member of the #femedtech network, and was instrumental in creating femedtech.net. For many years I worked as Assistant Director of the Centre for Education Technology, Interoperability and Standards (CETIS). 

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My main areas of expertise include digital infrastructure for open educational resources, open education policy, open licences, technologies for supporting the management and distribution of educational content and multimedia, professional blogging, metadata, vocabularies, and digital repositories. I’m an experienced project manager and in the past I have been responsible for coordinating and delivering technical support for a wide range of national programmes  including the UKOER programme.

My current areas of interest and activity include strategies for embedding and supporting open education and OER within the institution, open education policy for Scotland, and issues relating to digital labour. I am also a passionate advocate for knowledge equity.  I lead the Open Scotland initiative, and I am a member of the Advisory Group of the Open Knowledge Open Education Working Group. Together with Melissa Highton I co-chaired the OER16 Open Culture Conference at the University of Edinburgh.

I am an experienced and engaging speaker and I am regularly invited to keynote at academic conferences and to facilitate public events.  I maintain a number of blogs and social media channels, including Open World, which I use to reflect on my practice, connect with the community, and disseminate education technology news and innovation. I also write and publish through more traditional channels including policy documents, briefing papers, synthesis reports, peer reviewed journal papers and book chapters.

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In the past I’ve  represented  UK F/HE on a number of standards bodies including the British Standards Institute, IMS Global, and CEN / ISSS Learning Technologies Workshop.  I have worked with Creative Commons, the Association of Education Publishers and the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative on the Learning Resource Metadata Initiative (LRMI), and in 2016 I was part of the team that developed the new Higher Education Coding of Subjects (HECoS) vocabulary as part of the Higher Education Data and Information Improvement Project (HEDIIP).

I have an academic background in Archaeology, a domain I worked in for a number of years. I have also undertaken a naval history research project which resulted in a book on the lives and careers of the 1797 crew of HMS Indefatigable, published by Boydell & Brewer.  I am a Fellow of the Society for Nautical Research, and I chaired the Society’s Publications Committee for a number of years.