LTG Announce: Hilary Term 14 – Week 5

1.  Creating a better Internet together

2. WebLearn sessions on assessment and feedback

3. itlp lunchtime courses

4. OSS Watch publishes National Software Survey 2013

5. Call for Entries for the 2014 Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award

6. OER, MOOCs and the promise of broadening access to education

1.       Creating a better Internet together

Academic IT with other University sections organised a successful event on 11 February – Safer Internet Day 2014 summit.  The event was part of the international campaign ( for a safer internet, reported by national broadcasters, news channels and bloggers. Over 50 representatives from across the University attended the event. The participants actively discussed the internet safety issues as well as future strategies for addressing the challenges of online harassment and bullying.

More information about the event and the speakers’ slides:

2.       WebLearn sessions on assessment and feedback

Assessment and feedback are critical for students to enhance their learning and for departments to improve their academic offerings based on student needs. Come and join us at two lunchtime practical sessions to learn how to create and manage assignments and run online surveys in WebLearn.

WebLearn Bytes: Surveys
5th week Tuesday 18 February 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.

Bookings and more information:

WebLearn Bytes: Assignments
6th week Tuesday 25 February 12:30-13:30

Writing essays and receiving feedback on submitted work is an important part of the Oxford student experience. Did you know that the WebLearn Assignments tool allows a tutor or lecturer to set up an assignment (essay), with instructions, attachments, a specified due date and marking options? Students submit their essay in WebLearn, which keeps track of all submissions. Tutors have found that using this tool enables them to provide more extensive and meaningful feedback to students.

Bookings and more information:

3.       itlp lunchtime courses

Twitter for academia
Wed 19 Feb 12:30-13:30

Can anything of academic value ever be said in just 140 characters? This session explores the relevance of Twitter to university teaching, research and engagement activities.

Come along to find out how to get started, grow your following, and hone your tweeting style to maximise your impact. Booking at:

Security and privacy online: Data protection
Wed 19 Feb 12:30-13:30

This course provides a brief overview of the requirements of the Data Protection Act, particularly where it overlaps with information security, and will focus on the key

risks for the University and individual members of staff. Booking at

4.       OSS Watch publishes National Software Survey 2013

OSS Watch, supported by Jisc, has conducted the National Software Survey roughly every two years since 2003. The survey studies the status of open and closed source software in both Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE) institutions in the UK.

More details and the full report:

5.       Call for Entries for the 2014 Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award

Each year the Sakai (called WebLearn at Oxford) Teaching and Learning community organises a competition to recognise innovation and excellence in technology-supported teaching, academic collaboration, and student engagement.

There are five awarding categories.  The ones relevant to Oxford are:

  • Higher Education: Fact-to-Face including web-enhanced courses
  • Higher Education: Fully Online or Hybrid Course
  • Projects & Other Uses

Note: we understand that a hybrid course is similar to a fact-to-face including web-enhanced course.  The closing date for entries is 4 April 2014. Winners will be notified in early May 2014 and receive recognition at the Open Apereo Conference, June 1-4, 2014 in Miami, Florida, and in a wide variety of media. A limited amount of funding will be available to support a portion of each winner’s travel to the conference.

Entries are now being accepted on the Apereo Foundation site at:

Contact the WebLearn team ( if further information/advice is needed.

6.       OER, MOOCs and the promise of broadening access to education

Thursday 20th February 2014. 17:00-18.30
Venue: Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 1 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JS. UK.
Please email your name and affiliation to if you are planning to attend.
A live stream will be available at

Speakers: Professor Grainne Conole & Dr Rebecca Eynon
Chair: Sarah Porter

This seminar will focus on the use of ICTs for increasing access to educational opportunities for people who have been traditionally excluded from them, paying particular attention to the movement articulated around the so-called Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs).

New open practices: the implications of OER and MOOCs for traditional educational institution
Speaker: Professor Grainne Conole. Director of the Institute of Learning Innovation at the University of Leicester

At the heart of the Open Educational Resource (OER) movement is the vision that education is a fundamental human right and that educational resources should therefore be freely available. Promoted by organisations such as UNESCO and the Hewlett Foundation, there are now hundreds of OER repositories worldwide. In recent years we have seen the emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), which can be considered to be a structured mechanism for delivering OER, over a particular time period and through a structured learning pathway. The talk will highlight the key developments in OER and MOOC research. It will present a framework for benchmarking OER initiatives and developing a vision and roadmap for their future development, along with a new classification scheme for MOOCs.

 Conceptualising interaction in MOOCs

Speaker: Dr Rebecca Eynon. Senior Reserch Fellow at the OII and Lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford

While there has been a lot of attention about the potential for MOOCs to transform higher education, far less empirical research has been conducted that explores the experiences and behaviours of learners in these online settings. A particular strength of MOOCs is the potential for thousands of learners to come together to learn.  Understanding who interacts, how they interact, and why is an important part of understanding how learning may occur. This presentation aims to highlight the different ways in which people communicate and interact with one another in MOOCs, and how these interactions are related to learner characteristics, experiences and outcomes through the in-depth mixed method analysis of one case study MOOC. The findings discussed are those emerging from an ongoing study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. See for more details.

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