Book your FREE consultation with the University’s learning technologists

We can help you with ideas and approaches that are changing teaching and learning – online, face-to-face, or both. And, on Thursday lunchtimes you can visit our Digital Education drop-in sessions at the Mathematical Institute and in Corpus Christi College. Our experience and work are integral to spreading the word about the Digital Education Strategy, and the unofficial mantra “Pedagogy first!” informs all we do.

Talk to us, and book your FREE consultation with the University’s learning technologists, based in Academic IT Services’ Technology-Enhanced Learning group.

Roadshows

Students look at their devices, slogan reads Book your FREE consultation

Our learning technologists support the University’s Digital Education Strategy with free consultations

On Thursday lunchtimes you can hear how virtual reality (VR) is being used. Steve Taylor (Computational Biology Research Group) will be showing his collaborative exploration of the potential of VR to visualise and manipulate fluorescence microscopy data. You can also try out brand-new portable touchscreen TV technology to demonstrate interactive models, and chat to Steve and Xavier about other technologies for learning and teaching. Come along and talk to the Technology Enhanced Learning group (Academic IT Services) at:

  • 11am-2pm, Thursday 18th May in the mezzanine space of the Mathematical Institute, in the Andrew Wiles Building.
  • 11am-2pm, Thursday 1st June in the seminar room of Corpus Christi College.
Academic and student explore the touchscreen TV capability using a blood cell visualisation model

Using the touchscreen TV to explore a blood cell visualisation model

Please do pop in and see us and tell your friends and colleagues about this event. You do not need to be based in those buildings to join us on these dates.

“Why demo touchscreen technology? …It’s straightforward to use, and has great applications for teaching and research.”
Steve and Xavier, the learning technologists

More information is available on the Digital Education Strategy website including a poster to print and display, where you can also find lots of ideas for digital tools and techniques to add to your learning or teaching.

Last term, the learning technologists held four roadshows (see Technology on tour: coming soon to your department, 31st January). In Maths and Social Sciences Steve and Xavier engaged with 90 staff and students. In general the split has been about 60% students, 40% academics, (sometimes fewer academics).

Lessons learnt from last term and next steps:

Digital Education Strategy banner of a student holding a tablet computer in front of a chalkboard

Flipped Classrooms, just one of the techniques our experts can advise on

The majority who attended the roadshows were students, partly due to the location near lecture theatres in the Mathematical Institute.

VR was a great hook. However, it tended to overshadow other technologies and methodologies that the team wanted to promote as part of the Digital Education Strategy. At this term’s roadshows we are using touch-screen technology to demonstrate interactive models.

However several staff did ask for a mailing list or group that could answer questions about VR

“Is VR being used for teaching at Oxford? Who’s doing it?”

“Are there opportunities for collaboration?”

VR special interest group

Xavier, Ylva, and others from the University delivered an Engage workshop on VR last term. Encouraged by the interest shown we have set up a new special interest group. The aim is to bring together those interested in the use of AR and VR for education, research and outreach. The inaugural meeting will take place some time this term, offering interested parties an opportunity to discuss the scope of the group and its proposed activities. To be notified about the forthcoming meeting, please contact Ylva.


Image credits:

  • Digital Education Strategy poster based on work by the University Design Studio using an image sourced from iStock
  • Other photos: Steve Burholt, Xavier Laurent
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