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It's time to get creative

We're looking forward to the range of innovative events being held across the University as part of The Festival of Creative Learning.

The festival runs from 19-23 February and we are running, and collaborating, on a variety of events - do come along and join us!

You can view the full calendar of events on the Festival of Creative Learning website:


An award winning, open, and self-paced course for digital and online skills. Explore Augmented, Virtual Reality, and Geolocations tools in this fun hands-on afternoon, and take home your very own Google Cardboard headset.

An introduction to User experience (UX) research and design techniques as well as practical, hands-on experience of some easy to replicate techniques that will be of relevance in a wide range of disciplines.

Step back in time and try your hand at medieval techniques for dyeing wool and painting on vellum.

Embed sound effects, gifs, images, and video shorts, using the Twine tool to create your very own Adventure Story Game.

Following the success of the event last year, we'll continue work on the Laing collection to rehouse section IV, aiming to rehouse 96 boxes, completing the boxing of the Laing manuscript material.

Find out how how you can make your own gifs from openly licensed and public domain, museum, library, and archival materials.

Learn how to use Histropedia and create visually dynamic timelines using structured data from Wikidata, articles from Wikipedia and images from Wikimedia Commons.

The university provides all staff and students with access to, an online subscription library that teaches the latest technology, digital, creative, and business skills through high-quality instructional videos. Find out how you can use it effectively for your own learning and teaching.

Working with staff from the Digital Imaging Unit and uCreate Studio, help us match archive photographs of old Leith against present day images, then link the old photos and new images on current and contemporary maps.

  • Media Hopper Replay - Pop-Up Booth (19 February - 09:00-17:00 - 50 George Square, G.03), (22 February - 10:00-13:00 - 50 George Square, G.06)

Find out about Media Hopper Replay, both as a student and as an academic, and tell us about your experience of using it so far in our pop-up video booth.  You don't need to book for this event, drop in and let us know how it’s going for you.

Discover the basics of electronic circuits using card, scissors and copper tape. No previous experience of building circuits or electronics required.

Draw on archive materials from the Library and University Collections (photos, 3D models, original plans and historical video) and work with cutting edge digital technology (virtual reality, 3D scanning, 360 video and 3D printing) to help us rebuild the library in a digital format.

This event will launch a collaborative and interdisciplinary programme; a site-specific augmented reality app. With this, participants will be able to download the app on iOS or Android and use their smartphone cameras to recognize William Darrell’s, 'Untitled (Rhino Head)' and in turn an interactive rendition of Jim Hayes’ iconic Paperback Bookstore, which once stood in place of the current public art installation, will appear on their respective screens.

Using Wikidata, information on Wikipedia can be queried and visualised as never before. This alone has generated enormous excitement but the sheer versatility of how this linked open data can be used is only just beginning to be understood and explored. Learn how to add data to Wikidata and how the machine-readable data in Wikidata can be consumed, queried and visualised.

Learn about data security by fortifying your Kingdom, identifying its resources, building its defences and providing special protection to its noble Lords and Ladies. A collaborative workshop looking to break down the stigma around Information Security by making the topic more approachable through History and Fantasy Wargaming with playful engagement.  

In celebration of one hundred years since the Representation of the People Act (1918) came into force, we're holding a #Vote100 and Women in Medicine Wikipedia editing event. Join us to celebrate the role notable women have played in the History of Medicine and the campaign for Votes for Women through researching, writing and illustrating Wikipedia articles and timelines.

(Ed. this article was originally published on 19 Feb, 2018)