Open educational resource – new funding available

JISC have announced a major funding initiative to encourage the development of educational resources for open use (see http://www.jisc.ac.uk/fundingopportunities/funding_calls/2008/12/grant1408.aspx). There are individual awards for 20k and an institutional award. If you are interested in this please contact sue.fenley@oucs.ox.ac.uk

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Teaching with Sakai (the new Weblearn!) Award

Sakai is an open-source VLE that is forming the base for Weblearn 2.0 (currently available as a beta). At Oxford we have taken the existing code underlying Weblearn 1.0 and developed it by merging it with Sakai. Thus joining an … Continue reading

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News on software

People may be interested to know that there is a regular bulletin giving the latest information on University software deals at: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/sls/newsletters/newsh2009.xml

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What can OUCS offer research projects?

There’s now a handy list of all the services (free and paid-for) that OUCS can offer to research projects. Take a look at: http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/rts/rtsservices.xml

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Surveying our new students

OUCS is again running a survey of all Freshers, trying to assess their IT skills, what they own, what they expect, etc. See: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=4eSdBz7CY92Z3RSxYbWRUg_3d_3d

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New Vending Machine at OUCS

With the closure of our shop counter service over the summer, OUCS has installed a vending machine selling all kinds of hardware peripherals at greatly reduced prices. You can also order hardware online and top up phone cards etc.

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Wireless Roll-out

Now that funding has been received, OUCS’s networks team are beginning the wireless roll-out in earnest. At the moment Divisions are being consulted as to the best places to put access points across the city, and installation will begin in … Continue reading

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Oxford and Podcasting

Some major work has been performed over the summer led by OUCS in collaboration with the Public Affairs Directorate in getting Oxford’s podcasts moving forward. We have set up a page at podcasts.ox.ac.uk which aggregates all the feeds (using OxITEMS). … Continue reading

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Head of the LTG

We are pleased to announce that Melissa Highton has joined us from Leeds University to become Head of the Learning Technologies Group.

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New Term/New Year

With the start of the new academic year OUCS has quite a bit of news and activities planned. Further details to follow relating to the LTG, iTunes U, Wireless, Groupware, etc.

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