Inspiring Interns and Open Content

Over the summer, the Learning, Teaching and Web Directorate here at the University of Edinburgh has been hosting nine student interns across five different departments and last week I went along to an event that showcased their work.  All the students were really inspiring and spoke candidly and positively about their experience of working on their different projects. You can find out more about all nine internships here: The Power of 9: LTW Student Summer Interns, and also read some of the student’s own blog posts.

Martin Tasker developing OER for TES Connect, CC BY 2.0, Lorna M. Campbell

Martin Tasker developing OER for TES Connect, CC BY 2.0, Lorna M. Campbell

It seems unfair to pick out just one or two of the interns, as they all produced immensely valuable outputs, but I really want to highlight the work of Martin Tasker, who has been based here with the OER Team as our Open Content Curation Intern. Martin’s role has been to work with students and staff to repurpose collections of educational resources that engage with the wider community.  These resources have been made available through TES Connect and the University’s own Open.Ed one-stop-shop for OER.  The resources include:

Martin has writing a lovely blog post about his experience of working with OER here: A Student’s Perspective on Open Education.

Martin wasn’t the only intern that created open educational resources as part of their internship. Connie Crowe developed a script to create a playlist of all Creative Commons licensed content in the University’s media management platform  Media Hopper, which can be accessed here:  Media Hopper Open Educational Resources; and Annie Caldwell shared some beautiful pictures of the University’s learning spaces, taken while compiling an inventory of audio visual technology kits across 300 teaching rooms. Annie created a tumblr to record her internship here EdinburghUniExplorer and she as has also shared some of her gorgeous photographs under CC license on flickr here LST Photographs

CC BY 2.0 Annie Caldwell

Lecture Theatre Seats, CC BY 2.0, Annie Caldwell