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Miss Nicola Osborne

Programme Development Manager - Creative Informatics

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Digital Education Manager and Service Manager at EDINA. I work on a range of EDINA's projects, including developing new projects and collaborations. I lead EDINA's work in Digital Education, which includes mobile projects and collaborative research with University of Edinburgh colleagues on university students' use of social media (see below).

I share my expertise in social media through training and consulting for audiences within and beyond higher education. In October 2015 I was named as one of Jisc's 50 most influential higher education (HE) professionals using social media. 

I am the Convener of the elearning@ed forum, a community of practice that spans staff of all levels working in elearning, blended learning and TEL.

I am currently part of the research team (led by Sian Bayne, Moray House School of Education) for the PTAS funded A "Live Pulse": Yik Yak for understanding teaching, learning and assessment at Edinburgh. This project came out from the PTAS-funded Managing Your Digital Footprint project, led by Louise Connelly (IAD), with Sian Bayne (Moray House School of Education), and Adam Bunni (EUSA) which investigated students' digital footprints and use of social media, and their implications for teaching and learning. 

I am a member of the Edinburgh Cityscope steering group, supporting this ambitious cross-University project, led by Prof. Jonathan Silvertown (Biological Sciences), which is creating the digital infrastructure to make Edinburgh a Global City of Learning. 

I have been a guest contributor and tutor for MSc in Digital Education's Introduction to Digital Environments for Learning module, based at the School of Education (College of Humanities and Social Sciences).

I wrote and and lead the Role of Social Media in Science Communication and Public Engagement module, part of the MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement, based at the School of Biomedical Sciences (College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine) from that programme's first year (2012/13) until my change of role (end of 2014/15).

I was formerly Social Media Officer at EDINA (2009 - 2015) advising colleagues, projects and services across EDINA and beyond on social media and related areas including crowd sourcing. Also active in associated event amplification, public engagement, etc.

I have previously worked on the teams for the AHRC funded Engaging Edinburgh projects, specifically Curious Edinburgh, the AHRC funded Palimpsest/LitLong project, the EU FP7 funded COBWEB: Citizen Observatory Web project, the Digging Into Data project Trading Consequences project, and the Jisc funded AddressingHistory project, alongside many other of EDINA's own services and projects. From Feb 2015-August 2016 I managed Jisc MediaHub, an online multimedia service for the UK Higher and Further education sector. 

Research outputs

  1. The social value of anonymity on campus: A study of the decline of Yik Yak

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  2. Novel dog welfare app launched

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  3. Digital Footprints and how to create an effective online presence

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Research activities & awards

  1. Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesPublic Engagement – Festival/Exhibition

  2. Know How: Making An Impact With Your Blog (training workshop)

    Activity: Consultancy typesConsultancy

  3. Connect More with Jisc in England (Leeds)

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

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