LTG Announce: Michaelmas Term 13 – Week 4 @ltgoxford @ox_it #research #free #data

  1. Oxford OERs in Times Educational Supplement
  2. Digital Media User Group (DMUG) Michaelmas term 2013 – The future of digital media at Oxford
  3. Featured LTG case study – OxTweet: a virtual taste of student life
  4. Research Skills Toolkit
  5. Improved discoverability of Oxford podcasts
  6. The recent Agent Based Modeling (ABM) get-together was a success
  7. ITLP courses
  8. Upcoming WebLearn courses
  9. Engage: Social Media Michaelmas talks next week
  10. Jisc infoKits – Data visualisation

1. Oxford OERs in Times Educational Supplement

Oxford OERs are now appearing as part of the Times Educational Supplement website.

TESconnect is the online portal for the Times Educational Supplement. It provides access to online versions of the magazine, forum, jobs, newsletter etc. It also includes a ‘Teaching Resources’ section where teachers share and download free lesson plans, classroom resources, revision guides and curriculum worksheets. Content in the Teaching Resources is for use in schools, they do not currently provide any specific University-level content.

TES offers content to support and inspire teachers across the world by giving them free access to the best teaching resources available.  The website quotes 9.5 million visits a month, over 22.7 million registered online users in over 276 countries and territories , it is the world’s largest online network of teachers. More than 3.6 million resources are downloaded from the TES website a week , with eight TES resources downloaded a second. TES sends out weekly email newsletters to a targeted subscriber list of over 650,000 registrants across a range of subjects, the resource pages cover features on available resources in the website, and content collections are created on a topical basis each month.

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2. Digital Media User Group (DMUG) Michaelmas term 2013 – The future of digital media at Oxford

Friday 29th November 2pm IT Services
Melissa Highton, Director of Academic IT at University of Oxford

The University’s strategic plan  acknowledges that “Digital technology is revolutionising the manner in which knowledge is created, collected, and communicated across the globe.” Melissa will give an overview of current initiatives to support sustainable media production, storage, dissemination and re-use for the collegiate university.  She will  highlight areas of innovation and development needed to move us forward  to further develop our globally available teaching resources and collections for our own community, for our distance-taught students across the world, and for learners everywhere.

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3. Featured LTG case study – OxTweet: a virtual taste of student life

OxTweet brings together Oxford students from a variety of subjects to share what it is like to live and study at Oxford. It allows potential applicants to gain an honest representation of life at Oxford, pose questions, and have them answered by students on the courses that the enquirers are planning to read. OxTweet is the brainchild of two undergraduates: Jamie Miles, who is reading PPE at Magdalen, and Simon Clark, a physics student at St Peter’s.  More information about the project:

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

4.  Research Skills Toolkit

A free hands-on workshop for research students. An opportunity for you to learn about a broad range of resources in one time-efficient session.

The 2-hour session focuses on the skills and tools that will streamline your academic work. You will encounter a variety of IT and Library 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.

These workshops are open to graduate researchers in week 8 of Michaelmas Term and week 1 of Hilary Term. Read more here and book your place  – places are limited, book your place now.

5. Improved discoverability of Oxford podcasts

Recently we have done some SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) work with our content metadata for  If you search for a topic + lectures in Google our videos are usually no1 position. Another nice feature is that Google now presents the Oxford search results with a thumbnail image of the actual video if appropriate.

See for yourself by typing the following into Google:

  • Austen lectures
  • Beowulf lectures
  • Shakespeare lectures
  • Business lectures

Oxford podcasts web portal:

6.   The recent Agent Based Modeling (ABM) get-together was a success

This most recent ABM get-together was a great success thanks to the input by a number of active participants.

  • Rob Axtell Robert Axtell, Professor of Computational Social Science, George Mason University, is currently working on full-scale models of systems where there is enough quality data to make them e.g. of the 120 million people that work in private sector organizations.
  • Anders Sandberg, Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford, gave us an update on his project with insurance companies who want to understand the systemic risks in how they are using models.
  • Andreas Duering, Archaeology Institute at Oxford, gave an update on his model on medieval graveyard records, specifically showing some data he’d generated with his model to ask how he can decide how significant the data is in comparison with historical graveyard records.
  • Ken Kahn gave us some updates about the exoplanet simulator he helped Maria Marinari, a school student, make over the summer, his recent trials running NetLogo models using ARC computers, and how he’d come up against the issue of running models with impossibly large parameter spaces with his Spanish flu model.
  • Francesco Caravelli from University College London (UCL) gave us an introduction to a model he is building of an agricultural market in Uganda where farmers, traders and a range of institutions interact according to a social network that is largely enacted using mobile phones to agree prices and times when food is moved between fields and the airport.
  • Howard Noble, IT services at Oxford gave us a quick update on a new feature that will hopefully be in the next release of NetLogo called the Review Tab.
  • Chris Farmer finished the session off with some thoughts on the role ABMs could play in his new role at the James Martin school in Resource Stewardship.

More information:

7.  ITLP courses

Interactive whiteboards: A hands-on introduction
Monday 25 November 14:00-17:00

This practical session will introduce you to Smart Technologies interactive digital whiteboard (Smart Board) and the Smart Board Notebook software that comes with it. There will be time to experiment with the Smart Board and software during the session, and an opportunity to interact with the Smart Board via your mobile phone or tablet if you have one.
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Prezi: An introduction
Friday 29 November 09:15-12:15

Prezi is an on-line presentation tool often used in place of PowerPoint and Keynote. It enables both linear and ad-hoc presentations to be created, with one of its strengths being that these can be easily shared and developed collaboratively. In this session you will create a Prezi presentation.
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 8.  Upcoming WebLearn courses

WebLearn Bytes: Assignments
Tuesday 12 November 12:30-13:30
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WebLearn: Design and content
Thursday 14 November 09:15-12:15
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WebLearn: Tools to support teaching and learning
Thursday 21 November 14:00-17:00
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8. Engage: Social Media Michaelmas talks next week

The Open Science Training Initiative
Monday 11 November 12:30-13:30
Sophie Kay, founder of the Open Science Training Initiative
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Evolving Engagement – the many lives of the Bodleian First Folio
Tuesday 12 November 12.30-13.30
Pip Wilcox, Bodleian Libraries
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Altmetrics – looking at impact beyond citations
Thursday 14 November 12.30-13.30
Euan Adie, the founder of
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PowerPoint: Getting the message across
Thursday 14 November 14.00-17.00
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The complete programme can be found at

10. Jisc infoKits – Data visualisation  

Data visualisation is the graphical display of abstract information for two purposes: sense-making (also called data analysis) and communication. This infoKit will be of benefit to anyone interested in creating well designed, informative and easy to understand charts. Whether you are a student, researcher, lecturer or work in management it is likely that you will often need to include statistical information or analysis in your papers, reports and presentations.

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