LTG Announce: Michaelmas Term 13 – week 1

  1. Featured LTG case study – Blavatnik School of Government iPad app: a new take on WebLearn
  2. Engage – Digital technologies for public engagement, knowledge exchange and impact
  3. How to display public tweets in a WebLearn page
  4. Engage: Engage: Communicating in a flash
  5. Using digital images
  6. Upcoming WebLearn courses
  7. Technology Enhanced Active Learning & Team Based Learning UK HESTEM community launch

1. Blavatnik School of Government iPad app: a new take on WebLearn

Last year the Blavatnik School of Government (BSG) offered its first year of the one-year Master of Public Policy (MPP). To support this course, the Blavatnik School provided iPads to all its students. Led by the project manager, Edward Long, the school developed a highly specialised iPad app to support the delivery of course content and facilitate peer discussion. They used WebLearn to drive the back end of the app and developed a custom theme for their sites to help unify the user experience.  The project was a runner-Up for the OxTALENT* 2013 Award for ‘Use of WebLearn to support a course or programme of study’.

More information about the  App and the project available at http://goo.gl/Ely8Jw.

*OxTALENT is an annual event  to recognise and reward excellence in teaching and learning supported by ICT.  OxTALENT awards 2013 – http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/events/oxtalent2013/index.xml.

 2. Engage – Digital technologies for public engagement, knowledge exchange and impact

Issues of public engagement and demonstrating how work within Higher Education can have a beneficial impact on society have become increasingly important within the University. Online and digital technologies can play an important and exciting role in engagement activities, enabling you to reach, interact, and work collaboratively with your audiences. This site has been created to offer practical advice, share exemplars, and provide information on training, workshops and events that can support you in exploring the application of IT for impact.

The engage site: https://www.it.ox.ac.uk/engage

3.       How to display public tweets in a WebLearn page

If you used Twitter’s feed to display public tweets in WebLearn, you may notice that it has stopped working.  This is not caused by WebLearn but by a change in Twitter which no longer supports RSS feeds.  This is a step-by-step guide on how to fix the problem – http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/adamweblearn/2013/10/how-to-display-public-tweets-in-a-weblearn-page/.

4.       Engage: Communicating in a flash

Tuesday 22nd October 12.30-13.30
Communicating in a flash
Sian Owens, Department of Physics Access Officer

Lecture presentations can be a good way of disseminating current research to large public audiences. However, developing and delivering an hour-long talk is time consuming and not always the most effective way to communicate ideas. Can we engage with large non-specialised audiences in a more focused and exciting way? Flash Talks are short 10-15 minute long presentations in front of a live audience that can be filmed and posted online (e.g. Oxford Podcasts, iTunesU). Sian Owen, from the Department of Physics Access Officer will talk about how Physics have adopted Flash Talks.

More details and booking at  http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAI

5.       Using digital images

Digital images: Concepts
Thursday 24 Oct 09:15-12:15

Digital images are a valuable part of your research, sometimes critically so. This three hour session will introduce you to some of the key issues that you need to be aware of when sourcing, adapting and using digital images. Although the focus is the use of images in an academic context, the ideas covered are equally relevant to your personal image collections.

More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TIMY

Digital images: ARTstor, Bridgeman Education and VADS for teaching and learning
Thursday 07 Nov 09:15-11:15

The course examines two major digital image collections subscribed to by the University – ARTstor and Bridgeman Education – and a third resource, free for educational use, VADS. All of these are geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences. Viewing, presenting and managing images are also covered.

More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TIMS

6.  Upcoming WebLearn courses

 WebLearn Bytes: Site management and resources
2nd week Tuesday 22 October 12:30-13:30

Are you making best use of your site management tool, Site Info? Do you know how to control site access and prepare or duplicate sites for the new academic year? Come and experiment hands-on with the Site Info tool.

More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVN

WebLearn Bytes: Surveys
3rd week Tuesday 29 October 12:30-13:30

Did you know that the WebLearn Surveys tool is freely available and can be used to create surveys for course or lecturer evaluation, research purposes, or general data gathering? Surveys can be delivered to site participants, ad-hoc groups, or the general public, with or without requiring login, and data can be exported for further analysis.

More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVO

WebLearn: Design and content

5th week Thursday 14 November 09:15-12:15

If you have attended the WebLearn Fundamentals course, and/or used WebLearn for some time, this course goes on to discuss the planning, structure and design of WebLearn sites and the design and provision of content in WebLearn.

More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVP

7.   Technology Enhanced Active Learning & Team Based Learning UK HESTEM community launch

This community site is for Higher Education STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) academics who are interested in technology enhanced active learning (TEAL) and team based learning (TBL). The aim of the community is to engage more and more academics in discussion about the TEAL and TBL approaches and to collate and share evidence from UK practitioners.

More information: http://edublend.blogspot.co.uk/

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