LTG Announce: Hilary Term 14 – Week 1

1. Latest WebLearn Improvements

2. Reach out to UK schools – The TES Teachers’ portal

3. Job vacancy – IT Learning Programme demonstrators

4. OSS Watch News

5. Online safety, security and privacy

6. Agent-based modelling get-together on 3 February

7. ITLP courses: do: Using IT in support of administration and business processes

8. WebLearn and Turnitin courses Hilary Term 2014

1. Latest WebLearn Improvements

WebLearn was upgraded on Monday 13th January 2014 to version 2.8-ox9. Highlights include a new version of the Tests tool and more improvements to the Sign-up tool (especially concerning integration with Nexus calendaring) plus the usual collection of general improvements.

You can suggest further improvements via WebLearn User Voice feedback service – http://weblearn.uservoice.com/forums/215330-suggestions-to-improve-weblearn

1.1 Improvement to Tests Tool

A brand new version of the Tests (Mneme) Tool has been released and offers the following improvements over the previous version:

  • Question pools are now copied during site duplication
  • Inform user about duplicate or faulty questions which make an assessment invalid
  • Many improvements to the UI (user interface)
  • Add ability to “shuffle choices” via test settings
  • Highlight or show in red when an assessment has 0 points
  • Add ability to move one or more questions (in bulk) from one part to another

1.2 Improvement to Sign-up Tool

  • ICAL (ics) attachments which are sent out when a student signs up for a meeting can now be used with OWA (MS Outlook web access) and Gmail (via web browser)
  • Better performance on sites with a large number of events
  • The meeting location drop down list no longer loses values
  • Two signups with the same name will now generate auto-signup groups with unique names

1.3 General Improvements

  • Graduate Training Tool:
    • Module administrators can now confirm individual module components separately
    • The tree of departments now has less levels  of nesting when a department does not contain sub-subunits
  • HTML pages in Resources can be forced to contain an HTML 4 <!DOCTYPE> declaration so that browsers are obliged to render the page in ‘standards mode’ (as opposed to ‘quirks mode‘ -http://www.quirksmode.org/css/quirksmode.html). Please note that in the next major release (at Easter 2014) we hope to add this declaration to all HTML pages if it is not already present
  • Problems with changing access to a Resource which had been made available to ‘All Oxford Users’ has been fixed.

2. Reach out to UK schools – The TES Teachers’ portal

28 January, 12:30 -13:30

This session will give you a brief introduction to the Times Educational Supplement website (TES) in terms of who it is aimed at and what it offers users. More specifically, it will look at the recently created Oxford University teachers’ portal. Guidance will be given as to how researchers and university staff can share teaching and learning materials with the school community via TES, and the multiple benefits in doing so.  More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/PRTES.

3.  Job vacancy – IT Learning Programme demonstrators 

The IT Learning Programme (www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/itlp) delivers over 200 IT related courses each term that are available to all members of the University. We think the programme is unique and it is highly regarded around Oxford.

One of the strengths of the programme is using demonstrators to support larger groups in classroom activities and we are currently looking for people to add to our list of demonstrators. Most of our demonstrators are postgraduates, but the opportunity is open to any member of the University subject to local permission from your department/college.

The skills we are looking for are:

  • A working knowledge of a variety of software packages, perhaps with an advanced understanding of one or two
  • Empathy with students who may be having trouble understanding a topic
  • An ability to explain the taught material clearly

Demonstrating opportunities occur most weeks during term time and at some other times for our closed courses. Course classes usually last 3 hours, and we pay a rate of about £12 per hour.

If you are interested, please fill in your details at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3D3H5DJ . Please feel free to pass this to anyone at the University who may be interested.

4. OSS Watch News

4.1. OSS Watch training course for the Apereo Foundation

This month OSS Watch began delivering a training programme for the Apereo Foundation – the home to the Sakai project among many others. The OSS Watch team have been training mentors from the Apereo community in areas such as community management, communications, leadership and governance in open source projects. This is the second time OSS Watch have delivered this training course; it was previously delivered to the TYPO3 Association in Germany last November. If you’re interested in learning more, get in touch with the OSS Watch team at info@oss-watch.ac.uk.

4.2. How to evaluate the sustainability of an open source project

OSS Watch has released a briefing note on how to evaluate the sustainability of open source software. This is useful guidance for anyone considering using open source software in their organisation, and takes you through some of the free tools and services you can use to check the health of a project to make an informed choice. More details: http://oss-watch.ac.uk/resources/evaluatingsustainability (This article has also been syndicated on OpenSource.com).

4.3. Open Source Options for Education updates

The highly popular Open Source Options for Education page has been updated; this is the place to go when looking for open source alternatives for software commonly used in education –http://oss-watch.ac.uk/resources/ossoptionseducation.

4.4. Creating a ‘level playing field’ for open source software options in IT selection and procurement

OSS Watch gave this talk to IT services staff concerned with procurement of software at the end of last term; you can find the slides at: http://www.slideshare.net/osswatch/scott-29074040.

If you’re involved in evaluating and selecting software for your group or division and want to know more, get in touch with the OSS Watch team at info@oss-watch.ac.uk.

5. Online safety, security and privacy

Safer Internet Day summit about online harassment
11 February, 14:00-17:00
Dr Sara Perry, University of York

Can we build an action plan for the University to protect staff, academics and students from online harassment and abuse? Includes “How does your institution keep you safe?” by Dr Sara Perry, University of York, who was harassed online and has researched how academics are particularly vulnerable. Afternoon refreshments will be provided, and the summit will be followed by an informal drinks reception. For further information: http://www.it.ox.ac.uk/infosec/protectyourself/harassment/. Booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TBSI.

Security and privacy online: You are the target!
11 February, 12:00-13:30 and 12 March, 12:30 -13:30

This is a brief overview of information security showing you some tips to protect yourself, your family and the University. Why is your personal information valuable? What are common ways that it might get into the wrong hands and the practical things you can do to reduce the risk of data theft. In this course we’ll discuss security considerations in email, web and social networking, consider how to secure your computer and will look briefly at some common scams including phishing. This is part of a series of one-hour sessions about staying safe and secure online. Further information: http://www.it.ox.ac.uk/infosec/protectyourself/courses/. Booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TWEH.

6. Agent-based modelling get-together on 3 February

We are co-hosting an informal get together of researchers and students interested in agent-based modelling on 3 February. Details at http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/modelling4all/2014/01/21/agent-based-modelling-get-together-on-3-february/.

7. ITLP courses: do: Using IT in support of administration and business processes

A new series of talks, designed especially for those working in admin and support roles. Each talk showcases an interesting tool or innovative technique that could make your life easier. Come along and find out how colleagues are using IT to work more efficiently. These talks will be held at lunch-times throughout Hilary Term 2014, at IT Services (13 Banbury Road). More details about the series: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/do/.

Do: Mailing groups of people at Oxford
Thursday 30 January, 12:30-13:30
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDO1

Do: Using WebLearn in your work
Monday 3 February, 12:30-13:30
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDO2

Do: Managing versions of program code with Git
Tuesday 4 February, 12:30-13:30
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDO3

Do: Using social media for recruiting purposes at the University of Oxford
Thursday 6 February, 12:30-13:30
More details and booking at:  http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDO4
Do: Running committees with SharePoint

Monday 10 February, 12:30-13:30
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDO5

Do: Time management
Monday 3 March,12:30-13:30
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDO8

Do: How WebLearn can reduce the administrative burden
Monday 10 March, 12:30-13:30
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDO9

Do: Soothing course admin headaches with SharePoint
Tuesday 11 March, 12:30-13:30
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDO13

8. WebLearn and Turnitin courses Hilary Term 2014

A variety of taught courses are offered by IT Services to support the use of WebLearn and the plagiarism awareness software Turnitin. Course books for the formal courses (3-hour sessions) can be downloaded at http://portfolio.it.ox.ac.uk/ for self study. Places are limited and bookings are required.

8.1 WebLearn courses:

WebLearn: Fundamentals
Thursday 20 February, 9:15 – 12:15
Tuesday 18 March, 9:15 – 12:15
More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/public/courses.pl?code=TOVB

WebLearn: Surveys
Wednesday 12 March, 14:00-17:00
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/public/courses.pl?code=TOVH

WebLearn: Tools to support teaching and learning
Wednesday 5 March, 9:15 – 12:15
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/public/courses.pl?code=TOVI

WebLearn: Design and content
Friday 7 March 9:15 – 12:15
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/public/courses.pl?code=TOVP

 

8.2 Plagiarism awareness courses (Turnitin):

Plagiarism: WebLearn and Turnitin
Monday 27 January, 12:30 – 13:30
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/public/courses.pl?code=TTEM

Plagiarism: Turnitin fundamentals
Thursday 30 January, 14:00-17:00
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/public/courses.pl?code=TTEO

Plagiarism: How to avoid it (for students)
Tuesday 4 February, 9:15 – 12:15
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/public/courses.pl?code=TTEQ

8.3 Byte-sized lunch time sessions:

WebLearn Bytes: Site management and resources
Tuesday 11 February, 12:30 – 13:30
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVN

WebLearn Bytes: Surveys
Tuesday 18 February, 12:30 – 13:30
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVO

WebLearn Bytes: Assignments
Tuesday 25 February, 12:30 – 13:30
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVL

WebLearn Bytes: Tests and quizzes
Tuesday 11 March, 12:30 – 13:30
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVQ

Multimedia: Tools for creating interactive online learning resources
Tuesday 4 March, 12:30 -13:30
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/public/courses.pl?code=TOVK

8.4 User Group meetings:

WebLearn User Group
Monday 17 March 14:00-16:00
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVD

Plagiarism: Turnitin User Group
Wednesday 26 March, 14:00-16:00
More details and booking at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TTEP

8.5 Express an interest!

The following course can be arranged if there is sufficient demand for them. Visit the link to express your interest:

Plagiarism: Interpreting originality reports using Turnitin

What do the percentage matches mean? What about direct citations? Should I include bibliographies in the similarity index? This lunchtime session covers viewing and navigating Turnitin Originality Reports. More details at  http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/cgi-bin/public/courses.pl?code=TTEN.

WebLearn: Assessment and feedback

There are several ways to assess student work in WebLearn. This course looks at the e-assessment options available to lecturers and tutors: how to configure the tools, use them to mark student’s work and deliver feedback. More details at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVR.

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