Podcast: Media Hopper Create: the benefits of OERs (25 minutes)

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In this episode, Charlie Farley, the Open Educational Resources advisor at the University’s Information Services, and Ewan McAndrew, the University of Edinburgh’s Wikipedian in Residence, discuss the benefits of Media Hopper Create, particularly in regard to the service’s ability to create Open Educational Resources (OERs). This is the fourth and final episode of our Media Hopper Create series, which investigates the stories and usefulness of the University’s media asset management system.

Ewan and Charlie’s conversation begins with each of them detailing how they use Media Hopper Create in their work. Ewan mentions creating ‘how-to’ videos on using Wikipedia and curating Wikipedia-related content, while Charlie discusses sharing and promoting educational resources. Their conversation then shifts to the benefits of OERs and how Media Hopper Create can be used to produce them. Charlie points out how Media Hopper Create allows the user to put whatever license they choose on their content.

This is one of the things that I like about Media Hopper, as opposed to putting some video content up somewhere like YouTube, is if you’re sharing it on Media Hopper, you can actually apply whatever license. So we’ve got access to all of the Creative Commons licenses, or you can keep it completely reserved. But you have the option of open licensing your videos when you’re putting them up on Media Hopper. And also I love the fact that it allows you to actually allow downloads as well. And this is something I really try to encourage people to remember.

Charlie Farley

Ewan goes on to discuss how he turned to Media Hopper Create during the pandemic and used it to curate Wikipedia-related resources and activity, along with making ‘how-to’ videos on using Wikipedia more accessible.

We had a sense that we would need to up our game in supporting open education work at the University. At the start of the pandemic, I was looking at how well documented the resources we had for doing Wikipedia work in the curriculum, and I was thinking, “well, this could be better.” Media Hopper was the way to go about that, really. I was thinking about time-pressed academics scrambling around, trying to reorganize their course programs to support hybrid learning. And I thought Wikipedia should be an essential part of that, because if you’ve got people home schooling, remote working, trying to do hybrid teaching, people are using Wikipedia as their go to place for orientating themselves on the subject, whether it’s on Black Lives Matter or Covid or anything else. To have that neutral, fact based platform that anyone, anywhere can access knowledge and read it in an accessible format and digest it.

Ewan McAndrew

Charlie and Ewan round out their conversation by giving their pitches for those interested in using Media Hopper Create. They also touch on some of the more fun ways OERs can be used, like the recently created Lego replica of the University of Edinburgh Main Library. This episode is a fascinating investigation into the utility of OERs, and an excellent way to conclude our series on the University’s media asset management system.

Listen Now:

1:05 – Charlie and Ewan introduce themselves and how they use Media Hopper Create in their work 
4:35 – The duo discusses the benefits of OERs more generally, and how Media Hopper Create is used to create them
16:10 – Ewan and Charlie conclude by discussing the importance of having a tool like Media Hopper Create during the pandemic, and give their pitches for those considering using the service


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photograph of the authorSTEPHANIE (CHARLIE) FARLEY

Stephanie (Charlie) Farley  is the Open Educational Resources (OER) Advisor with Information Services Group(ISG), providing OER, copyright and open licensing training across the University. Charlie is an advocate of playful engagement and learning, running the popular OER Game Jams and Gif It Up workshops, and the creator of the award winning 23 Things for Digital Knowledge programme. In 2018/19 as part of an Innovation Fund project she developed a Playful Engagement Strategy for ISG.


Ewan McAndrew has been the Wikimedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh since January 2016 supporting the university’s commitment to developing information literacy and digital skills as a free resource available to all staff and students. Prior to this, Ewan has worked as an English and Media teacher in the Far East (Japan, Singapore and South Korea) and in Scotland. Latterly, he has completed an Information Management degree, hosted the ‘Celtic Knot’ minority language Wikipedia conference, and launched the Map of Accused Witches of Scotland website.

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picture of editor/producerERIC BERGER

Eric is a Mathematics and Statistics student at The University of Edinburgh, and a podcasting intern for Teaching Matters. Eric is passionate about university student mental health, interviewing researchers for the Student Mental Health Research Network at King’s College London, leading the University of Edinburgh’s WellComm Kings Peer Support Scheme, and conducting research on stigma for People With Mental Illnesses (PWMI).  In his free time, he enjoys watching and playing sports, over-analysing hip-hop songs, podcasts, and any sort of wholesome shenanigans.

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