Engage: focus on impact

oxengageThe role of digital technologies in generating research impact has always been a grey area when in comes to the REF. A number of events in this term’s #OxEngage programme aim to explore the ways in which technology can be used by the research community to deliver wider benefits and ensure that research findings travel further. Places are limited, so book now to join us for these thought-provoking talks, workshops and lively debate.

Lunchtime talks

Starting The Conversation – sharing Oxford expertise with the world
Mon 08 Feb | 12:30-13:30
The Conversation is a website containing topical comment pieces written by academics and researchers. This talk will cover the purpose of the website and the process and benefits of contributing. There are already many contributors from Oxford and their articles have been read by hundreds of thousands of people.

REF, impact and Open Educational Resources
Mon 15 Feb | 12:30-13:30
Using the Bodleian First Folio and the Great Writers Inspire project as central examples, Emma Smith identifies some of the ways curating your own digital academic profile can help with impact, public engagement, and career development.

Panel sessions

Crowdsourcing for impact  a forum
Fri 04 Mar | 14:00-16:00
How can crowdsourcing be used for outreach and public engagement? In this panel session you will be introduced to a number of crowdsourcing initiatives. You will hear how they have engaged with their audiences and what impact that has brought to their projects. There will be time for discussion and opportunity to share thoughts and experiences.

Blogging and digital scholarship  a forum
Fri 11 Mar | 14:15-16:15
Blogging is now a recognised scholarly activity for sharing work in progress with one’s peers and/or engaging with the wider public. In this 2-hour forum seasoned bloggers from the University will explore the relationship between blogging and their formal academic work. How do the two complement each other? What tensions are generated? Should a blog concentrate on academic matters, or can it also reflect and comment on the outside world? Join in the discussion.


Understanding Impact via Social Media
Wed 16 Mar | 10:00-16:00
Academics are increasingly using social media to reach a wide variety of audiences. Social media can be used for dissemination of research outputs to academic communities, for public outreach and engagement, and for intervening in society. How can we show evidence of the impact of these activities? In a one-day workshop offering tricks and tips for measuring and analyzing impact via social media, participants will be taught some practical skills, as well as having the opportunity for discussion and debate.

Discover the full #OxEngage Programme.

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