LTG Announce – week 2 @ltg #elearning #video # research #vle

  1. Featured LTG case study – WikiNets: organising and sharing your research
  2. Editathon Success on Ada Lovelace day
  3. The Research Skills Toolkit workshops are open for booking
  4. Using digital media
  5. Upcoming WebLearn and Turnitin courses
  6. How to compress large video files without losing quality
  7. JISC E-learning guide: Using technology to improve curriculum design

1.       WikiNets: organising and sharing your research

WikiNets is a collaborative, open source, network-building tool to organise and share one’s notes and research: in essence, it’s a combination of a wiki and a concept map. Its basic functionality includes the ability to attach information and references to each idea (node), and to search both for individual ideas and particular types of relationships.

It is the brainchild of William Zeng, a DPhil student in the Quantum Group in the Department of Computer Science, and a team of other graduate students: Erfan Soliman, Miriam Backens, and Brendan Fong at Oxford, and Daphne Erzer at Cambridge. It was among 21 winning entries in the ‘Summer of Student Innovation’ competition organised in 2013 by Jisc and a number of other organisations.

More details about the project: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/ltg-casestudies/2013/09/30/wikinets-organising-and-sharing-your-research/

2.       Editathon success on Ada Lovelace day

On the 15th October On the 15th October editors from across the University  came together to improve the coverage of women’s scientific achievements in one of the world’s most popular resource – Wikipedia.

A Wikipedia editathon celebrates the spirit of Ada Lovelace Day by helping people learn about the contribution of individual women to the world of science, and the aim of our editathon is to add to and improve the coverage of individuals, events and resources related to women in science.

The event was opened by prominent astrophysicist and visiting professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and the University’s Chief Information Officer Professor Anne Trefethen.  Within only 3 hours, Oxford’s editathon improved 15 articles and created 7 new articles created. Many featured Oxford alumnae including Audrey Arnott (1901-1974), Margaret Jennings (1904–1994), Professor Dame Louise Napier Johnson, DBE, FRS (1940 – 2012), and Mabel Purefoy FitzGerald (1872- 1973).

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2.       The Research Skills Toolkit workshops are open for booking

Are you a researcher at Oxford?  The Research Skills Toolkit explores IT & Library tools, tips and techniques to support you in your work.   A series of live workshops are now open for booking. Each workshop is targeted at 1st and 2nd year researchers from one division or subject area. The workshops are held at IT Services (13 Banbury Road) where researchers can try out tools and resources, and learn more from the specialist IT Teachers and Subject Librarians.

More information and booking: http://www.skillstoolkit.ox.ac.uk/

4.       Using digital media

Digital media: An introduction to podcasting for education
Monday 04 November 14:00-17:00
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TIMT

Digital media: Podcasting at Oxford FAQs
Wednesday 06 November 09:15-10:45
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TIMV

Digital media: Audacity – editing spoken word
Wednesday 06 November 10:45-11:45
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TILG

5.       Upcoming WebLearn and Turnitin courses

 WebLearn Bytes: Surveys
Tuesday 29 October 12:30-13:30
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVO

Plagiarism: WebLearn and Turnitin
Monday 4 November 12:40-13:40
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TTEM

WebLearn: Fundamentals
Thursday 7 November 14:00-17:00
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVB

 6.       How to compress large video files without losing quality

Large video files are slow to upload and download.  One of the most popular tools that can significantly shrink the file size without losing quality is Handbrake.  It is popular due to three reasons. It can convert video from nearly any format, e.g. .wmv – Windows Media Video File, .avi – Audio Video Interleave File, .m4v, and .mov; it is free and Open Source; it works on Windows, Mac and Linux.  This is a step-by-step guide on how to compress a large video file: https://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/adamweblearn/2013/10/how-to-compress-large-video-files-without-losing-quality-using-handbrake/.

7.       JISC E-learning guide: Using technology to improve curriculum design

The process of curriculum design is a complex one. This guide identified eight stages in the curriculum design cycle from engaging stakeholders to ensuring the curriculum continues to be reviewed and enhanced in response to feedback and changing circumstances. It helps you to work through these eight stages and suggests strategies, ideas and resources to improve your own curriculum design. Each stage includes examples of how others are taking advantage of new technologies to enhance the student experience and to develop agile and responsive curriculum to meet the diverse needs and aspirations of students and employers in the 21st century.

More information: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/guides/using-technology-to-improve-curriculum-design

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