- Featured LTG case study – Innovative doctoral training: reproducibility and open science
- The fifth anniversary of the launch of Oxford’s iTunes U site
- Research student discussion group in the Digital Humanities
- WebLearn User Voice – Tell us your ideas and vote on other ideas
- The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)
- Engage: Social Media Michaelmas talks next week
- OSS Watch newsletter – October edition highlight
- Jisc – Innovation through technology funding call
1. Featured LTG case study – Innovative doctoral training: reproducibility and open science
The Open Science Training Initiative (OSTI), is designed to address the problem of reproducibility in science. The programme, which is led by Sophie Kay of the Department of Computer Science, harnesses the principles and techniques of open science to develop students’ digital awareness. It uses a novel teaching approach called rotation-based learning to give them hands-on training in the knowledge and skills needed to produce high-utility, high-impact research. More details about the project: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/ltg-casestudies/2013/09/16/innovative-doctoral-training-reproducibility-and-open-science/.
This project was one of the winners of the OxTALENT Awards 2013. OxTALENT is an annual event to recognise and reward excellence in teaching and learning supported by ICT. OxTALENT awards are part of the University Teaching Awards Scheme. To find out more about OxTALENT, go to http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/events/oxtalent2013/index.xml.
2. The fifth anniversary of the launch of Oxford’s iTunes U site
October 2013 marked the fifth anniversary of the launch of Oxford’s iTunes U site (http://itunes.ox.ac.uk). Key facts since the launch (2012 figures in brackets):
- 21.5 million downloads from iTunes U
- 6,400 (4,200) podcast items processed
- 5,500 hours of material arranged in 416 series
- 4,780 (3,480) academic speakers and contributors
- A worldwide audience of 185 countries (including 31% from the USA, 17% from the UK and 7% from China)
Recent material published includes:
- 25 talks from Alumni Weekend 2013
- A new series from English – Challenging the Canon
- A lecture series on Oscar Wilde
- Continuing Education Open Day talks
- Core topics in Psychiatry
If you do not have iTunes installed on your machine, you can access all our media through the web portal at http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk .
3. Research student discussion group in the Digital Humanities (DH)
The next meeting of this DH discussion group will take place on 5 December 2013 from 2 to 4 pm in the Oxford Research Centre in Humanities seminar room, 3rd floor, Radcliffe Humanities building and will consist of presentations by research students of their own use of digital methods. These can be at any stage of development from concept to completion! We are now inviting volunteers to present.
Digital Humanities specialists from IT Services’ Research Support Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) will also join those from the OeRC and the Bodleian Libraries in a lively panel discussion. If you would like to present, or have any queries, please contact David Robey (email@example.com). All welcome.
4. WebLearn User Voice – Tell us your ideas and vote on other ideas
WebLearn now offers a feedback facility (powered by www.uservoice.com) for WebLearn users to make suggestions and submit ideas in terms of a WebLearn ‘wish list’. Besides submitting your own ideas, you can also search for, comment on and vote for ideas submitted by other WebLearn users. The central WebLearn team will consider all suggestions in the light of feasibility, user demand, and available development resources. You will be able to check the status of your idea at any time, to see if it is under review, planned, started, completed or declined.
To submit an idea or vote on existing ideas, go to the WebLearn Welcome page (https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk). In the section ‘Contact and feedback’, click on Suggest a system improvement. Enter a Title and use the Description field to describe your idea. The Title is important, since it becomes a key phrase when searching for ideas. Click on Post idea and your idea will appear in the WebLearn feedback forum, for others to view, comment and vote on. You can access the full forum by clicking on the Feedback (browse ideas) link in the top left corner.
5. The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH)
The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) launched its website (http://www.torch.ox.ac.uk/) over the summer. This is an on-going project to show how web technologies (such as Drupal) can be used to build online communities and enhance interdisciplinary research. To find out more about how we are supporting the design and development of the site contact firstname.lastname@example.org
6. Engage: Social Media Michaelmas talks next week
Blogging and Tweeting in Academia
Monday 4 November 12.30-13.30
Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAM
Oxford Sparks – share your passion with the wider public
12.30-13.30 Tuesday 5 November
Annabel Cook, Science Communications Officer, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAN
Social media for scholarship, knowledge exchange, and community cohesion
12.30-13.30 Friday 8 November
Simon Tanner, Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College, London
More info and booking: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/ENAQ
The complete programme can be found at http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/engage/social-media-michaelmas/programme-2013/.
7. OSS Watch newsletter – October edition highlights
- Releasing a new Open Source Project – BitTorrent Sync Indicator
- How to write better commit messages
- OpenStack Community Anthropology
Also, read “How to Choose the Best License for Your Open Source Software Project” article in CIO magazine this month with contributions from OSS Watch: http://oss.ly/cio
More details: http://newsletter.oss-watch.ac.uk/
8. Jisc- Innovation through technology funding call
Jisc is starting a new million pound funding programme to improve the learner experience and increase the capability and capacity of the workforce across further education and skills providers. Money will be awarded to projects which encourage, support and promote innovation within the sector.
Deadline for submissions: Friday 6 December 2013, 12:00 noon
JISC is looking to fund innovative projects to:
- Integrate new technologies in learning and teaching, assessment and business activities
- Overcome barriers to the adoption and use of technology in the sector
- Develop new uses for technology or innovative adoption and rollout of technologies