Now half way through the penultimate week, this year’s Engage series seems to have flown by but not without leaving a positive feeling and great level of enthusiasm. In the last two weeks we have been very fortunate to hear about a range of fascinating topics from copyright in the digital age (PDF: engagecopyright) to using tablet technology and apps with school students in museums (videos). A particular highlight took place yesterday (18th November) when two representatives from the Imperial War Museums, Simon Delafond and Jesse Alter, discussed their dynamic initiative called ‘Computer Club’. ’Computer Club’ is a informal staff training series which aims to develop digitial literacy among colleagues. Previous Computer Club sessions have covered using Twitter, creating film trailers and interactive gaming. The Educational Enhancement Team are examining the practicalities of running the programme and considering its potential relevance to Oxford (see recent EET blog post). There was a considerable amount of interest in the idea especially from staff at the Ashmolean Museum who were looking for partners to collaborate with.
Further highlights have included:
- welcoming Mechthild Herzog from the University of Luxembourg who spoke passionately about a First World War Twitter project she has been involved in: @Real Time WW1
- hearing about the benefits of live streaming events to reach global audiences like in the case of the Stephen Fry inaugural lecture.
- learning how the Oxford Community Collection model can lead to powerful forms of audience engagement.
Tomorrow we are delighted that Dr Kathryn Eccles from the Oxford Internet institute will be talking about methods and tools for evaluating online impact. To learn more and book a place on the session, visit: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENJB We hope to see you there!