LTG weekly newsletter – Michaelmas Term 12 – Week 6

1.  Free workshop with IT and Library skills & services for your research

2. FAQs, tips and hints for using WebLearn

3. Be in the first group piloting the new Assignments tool and GradeMark

4. engage: social media michaelmas

5. What campus leaders need to know about MOOCs


1.  Free workshop with IT and Library skills & services for your research

A free hands-on workshop for researchers in 8th week of Michaelmas Term and 1st week of Hilary Term. An opportunity to learn about a broad range of resources in one time-efficient session.

The two-hour session focuses on the skills and tools that will streamline your academic work. You will encounter a variety of online tools and services to support your research. Relevant software, online services and libraries techniques are on offer for you to try out. You will also meet with subject specialists for help and guidance on further training.

Booking for these workshops is open, so read more at and book your place!

2. FAQs, tips and hints for using WebLearn

To fit in with busy staff schedules during term time, the WebLearn team has offered a new initiative of hour-long byte-sized sessions. Each session focuses on a single tool in WebLearn and provides plenty of time for hands-on practice and questions. The sessions will be repeated each term, so look out for them on the usual courses booking system.

Here are the FAQs, tips and hints that emerged during the sessions.

3. Be in the first group piloting the new Assignments tool and GradeMark

The new Assignments tool in WebLearn has improved Turnitin functionality with more options available. The integration also supports GradeMark, an electronic marking and feedback facility with the ability to record voice comments.  A quick guide to using GradeMark can be found on the Plagiarism support site in WebLearn:

If you are interested in the pilot project, please contact

4. engage: social media michaelmas –

 Engage: History in real time with Twitter

7th week Monday 19 November 12:30-13:30

This talk will present the experiences of two different ‘real-time’ tweeting projects. Author, Caroline Shenton, will discuss her experiences of live-tweeting as @parliamentburns to tell the dramatic story of the day that Parliament burned down in 1834. Kate Lindsay, IT Services will present on @Arras95, a Twitter experiment to crowdsource a teaching collection on the Battle of Arras, 95 years after the event took place.

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Engage: Is blogging and tweeting about research papers worth it?

7th week Tuesday 20 November 12:30-13:30

Melissa Terras is the Co-Director of the Centre for Digital Humanities at UCL. In October 2011 she began a project to make all of her published articles available via Open Access. She also decided to write a blog post about each research project, and tweet the papers for download. In this lunchtime talk Dr Terras reveals the impact this activity had on how much her research was read, known, discussed, distributed.

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Engage: Social networks and intellectual capital – risks and rewards

7th week Thursday 22 November 12:30-13:30

Social networks are stimulating the growth of increasingly integrated environments for collaborative scholarly enquiry. In this session Dr Jonathan Reynolds, Said Business School explores the practical impact of engagement in social networks for teachers and scholars, for whom there may be risks as well as rewards, using a broad range of networking tools by way of examples. It also examines the potential for disruption to established ways of generating intellectual capital.

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Engage: Copyright in the Digital Age

6th week Friday 16 November 12:30-13:30

Emily Goodhand is the Copyright and Compliance Officer at the University of Reading. She has a strong Twitter presence as @copyrightgirl and is Vice-Chairman of the Libraries and Archives Copyright Alliance (LACA). Her lunchtime talk will give attendees the confidence to deal with UK copyright law in the fast-paced digital age.

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Engage: Blogging in academia – an academic journal and publisher perspective

7th week Friday 23 November 12:30-13:30

Dapo Akande, Oxford University Lecturer in Public International Law and Yamani Fellow at St. Peter’s College, and Lizzie Shannon-Little, Community Manager at Oxford University Press, will discuss the academic blogging experience through the case studies of EJIL Talk!, the blog of the European Journal of International Law, and the OUP blog.

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5. What campus leaders need to know about MOOCs (from Educause: )

“MOOCs (massive open online courses) are courses delivered over the web to potentially thousands of students at a time. In a MOOC, lectures are typically “canned,” quizzes and testing are automated, and student participation is voluntary. They attain large scale by reducing instructor contact with individual students, though some models allow student feedback to partly guide discussion. Initial MOOCs have often been from disciplines that lend themselves to quantitative assessment, such as engineering, computer science, and math. However, MOOCs are becoming applicable to all fields as the platforms enable assessment methods such as peer review. MOOCs present an opportunity for institutions to experiment with extending their brand or to diversify their instructional portfolio, and they might also catalyze new approaches to credentialing.”

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