Mainstreaming Open Educational Practice in a Research University: Prospects and Challenges

This is the abstract of the paper that I’ll be giving at the OER15: Mainstreaming Open Education conference in April… Increasingly, the case is made that OER should be deployed within pedagogic practices that ‘rely on social interaction, knowledge creation, … Continue reading

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Ada Lovelace and Beyond!

Preparations for this year’s Ada Lovelace Day are now fully under way and what an exciting event it looks to be! We were so delighted by the success of last year’s Wikipedia editathon that we have decided to adopt a similiar … Continue reading

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Giant Waves Swamp University Campus! (a report from ALT-C 2014)

This year’s conference of ALT (the Association for Learning Technology) at the University of Warwick last week invited presenters to draw inspiration from a surfing metaphor with its title Riding Giants: How to innovate and educate ahead of the wave. … Continue reading

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How a holiday snap might be worth a thousand bullet points

While preparing my presentation on our OER research project for next week’s ALT-C Conference, I’ve been reflecting on an encouraging trend among conference organisers: the request that presenters show fewer slides and make them more ‘dynamic’ or ‘interesting’. Guidelines may … Continue reading

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Making the Link between University and Schools via Technology

A significant part of what we do in the Education Enhancement Team involves supporting academics, early career researchers and university staff in selecting digital technologies and strategies to share their educational resources with a large, international audience. This is for … Continue reading

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This Week I’ve Been Mostly Talking About…The Times Educational Supplement

Oxford’s Partnership with the TES and How Early Careeer Academics Can Get Involved Oxford University has been making some of its learning resources freely available to teachers, students and lifelong learners for a number of years now. The main channels … Continue reading

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When Digital met Heritage…

Bringing the fascinating war time history of Basildon Park to new and digital audiences. This week Ylva and I were treated to a visit to the beautiful house and grounds of Basildon Park in Berkshire: famous for its appearances in period dramas … Continue reading

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Researching openness in teaching and learning at Oxford

In recent years, Oxford has become a leading provider of online reusable learning and teaching resources in the UK. It has now released over 2800 podcasts with Creative Commons licences through iTunes U and the University of Oxford Podcasts website. … Continue reading

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The scholarly impact of opening up content

As we approach the centenary of the First World War we are pleased to see our resources being referenced, and content being reused, in high calibre scholarly works. Making content openly available online has made it more discoverable by the … Continue reading

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