- The IT Services Newsletter
- Academic IT annual report (2012-2013) is published
- Seminar: Apereo Open Academic Environment
- Open Education Week
- WebLearn Update
- Research Data Oxford
- Engage – How IT Services can Help
- Calls for proposals for ALT( Association for Learning Technology) Conference 2014
- Funding calls
1. The IT Services Newsletter
The purpose of the newsletter is to keep you updated on major projects, service developments, provide examples of how we support the work of the University and highlight any forthcoming events. This issue includes several stories about Academic IT activities. Please subscribe to ensure you receive future issues – you will find details in the ‘Keep in Touch’ section.
Full details: http://www.it.ox.ac.uk/about/newsletter/issue1/ .
2. Academic IT annual report (2012-2013) is published
Recently AC IT annual report is published. The team reports has painted a picture of responsive and innovative services that AC IT provides. Some headline figures in the report:
- The IT Learning Programme team delivered more than 600 courses (22,800 contact hours) in addition to their online learning resources.
- Our initiative to involve Oxford University in the national celebrations of ‘Learning at Work’ day 2013 attracted more than 250 people through our doors on the day (23rd May) and many more visiting our online training materials.
- Oxford on iTunesU site has had 21.5 million downloads reaching a worldwide audience of 185 countries. The site includes more than 4000 hours of material online from 4780 academic colleagues.
To find out more about the stories behind these figures and the excellent work done by teams including WebLearn, Educational Media, ITLP, Education Enhancement, OSS Watch and Research Support team, please go to: http://www.it.ox.ac.uk/about/reports/annual-report1213/academicitservices/.
3. Seminar: Apereo Open Academic Environment – 12.30 Thursday 3 April
We are pleased to announce a special seminar about the Apereo Open Academic Environment (OAE) presented by our friends from CARET (Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies) at Cambridge University. The talk will take place in ISIS room, IT Services, Banbury Rd at 12.30 on Thursday April 3rd.
Apereo OAE, which has been developed by CARET along with Georgia Tech, ResearchResearch and others, is a brand new platform that aims to support academic collaboration and academic networking. It is being developed by the same organisation that oversees the Sakai CLE project which of course is the software which underpins WebLearn.
OAE supports many types of collaborations, including research projects, ad-hoc student groups, committees, collaborative projects, etc. It’s a network of people, content and groups, where files, links and collaborative documents can easily be created and shared with other people and groups, whilst being able to provide feedback and participate in discussions.
Book your place at https://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/OUOU.
4. Open Education Week – have you done your bit?
This week is Open Education Week (http://www.openeducationweek.org/). Its purpose is to raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. If you would like to learn how Oxford University is contributing to Open Education, here is a quote from two of our Pro-Vice Chancellors in the Financial Times.
”We have not adopted Massive Open Online Courses but, again, our own ambition is greater…. visit the University’s site on iTunesU and download one of the free podcasts covering courses from all our academic divisions…..– the site has attracted more than 21.5m downloads from 185 countries. We license thousands of lectures and other resources for reuse through Creative Commons.”
– Sally Mapstone, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) and Ian Walmsley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) in the FT (http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/c9226cac-a3b8-11e3-aa85-00144feab7de.html#axzz2vxL1sAYI)
Learn more about OERs at Oxford:
- MOOCs, OER, Open Access and Badges –a blog post written by Melissa Highton, the Director of Academic IT at IT Services – http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/melissa/2014/03/10/moocs-oer-open-access-and-badges/
- Free lectures from Oxford University via the following links:
5. WebLearn Update
The WebLearn team recently launched a user feedback feature, based on a third party client service solution called ‘User Voice’ (see the User Voice website). This enables the team to gather user suggestions for additional WebLearn features for consideration depending on development resources available. Users can vote on ideas to raise the visibility of a requested feature, and the WebLearn team can prioritise ideas and allocate a status, for example ‘under review’, ‘planned’, ‘completed’ etc. The WebLearn User Voice feedback forum is available directly on the User Voice WebLearn Forum page and from the WebLearn welcome page.
In addition, there have been two upgrades to WebLearn since the long vacation. Highlights include a brand new version of the Sign-up tool; meeting notifications can now be used with OWA (Outlook Web Access) and Gmail. Items in the Resources tool can be opened up to ‘All Oxford Users’ and the HTML WYSIWYG editor is now available for use on an iPad. In addition, a brand new version of the Tests tool has been implemented, with an improved interface, while maintaining the Oxford-specific enhancements made in previous years.
Contact the WebLearn team (email@example.com) for any queries, requests for information sessions, hands-on demonstrations, or one-on-one consultation.
- User Voice website: https://www.uservoice.com/
- The User Voice WebLearn Forum page: http://weblearn.uservoice.com/forums/215330-suggestions-to-improve-weblearn
- WebLearn welcome page: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/portal
6. Research Data Oxford
Members of IT Services’ Research Support team are forming part of a cross-departmental group which will advise researchers on a range of issues relating to research data management. A central email address (firstname.lastname@example.org) will allow researchers to submit enquiries; the Research Support team (along with colleagues from Research Services, the libraries, and OeRC) will then be able to provide advice and assistance on topics including data management planning, selecting appropriate technologies and storage solutions, data security, data sharing, and long-term preservation. The Research Support team has also contributed material to the newly re-launched Research Data Support Services website, and is running a series of training events. This forms part of the University’s ongoing work to provide researchers with the information and resources they need to manage their research data efficiently.
- Research Data Support Services website: http://researchdata.ox.ac.uk/
- Research data training events: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/acit-rs-team/events/rdmcourses/
7. Engage – How IT Services can Help
Public engagement and impact are increasingly important to many researchers and lecturers within the University, and demonstrating how work within Higher Education can have a beneficial impact on society is an increasing part of the university’s agenda. Online and digital technologies can play an important and exciting role in engagement activities, enabling you to reach, interact, and work collaboratively with your audiences.
The IT services ‘engage’ website has been created to offer practical advice, share exemplars, and provide information on training, workshops and events that can support you in exploring the application of IT for impact. The ‘engage’ blog pages also contains case studies of innovation by students, researchers and lecturers.
Alongside this the IT Services award-winning ‘Engage’ programme is run every Michaelmas term, and there are also core courses run each term through the IT Learning Programme. For more information about these go to the Education Enhancement Team’s blog.
The IT Services guide also provides practical suggestions for using IT tools to help achieve goals in public engagement and impact.
- The IT services ‘engage’ website: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/engage/
- Social Media Michaelmas: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/engage/social-media-michaelmas/
- Education Enhancement Team blog: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/engage/social-media-michaelmas/
8. Calls for proposals for ALT( Association for Learning Technology) Conference 2014 – Riding giants: how to innovate and educate ahead of the wave
Calls for proposals for altc2014 “Riding giants: how to innovate and educate ahead of the wave” – Deadline for submissions: 31 March 2014. ALT is looking to encourage submissions from early career researchers and doctoral students, particularly related to the Predicting Giants theme: What are our current and forthcoming big questions, big challenges, and big changes? To read the full calls and guidelines please see the links below.
- Call for Research Papers: http://go.alt.ac.uk/1aRqVkH
- Call for Conference Abstracts: http://go.alt.ac.uk/1na0fBf
9. Funding calls
9.1 Open Education Challenge
The Open Education Challenge, launched in partnership with the European Commission, is part of Startup Europe. All innovators can submit projects, receive mentoring and seed funding through the European Incubator for Innovation in Education, and get direct access to investors from day one.
More details: http://openeducationchallenge.eu/
9.2 Latest funding call from Jisc
Jisc and ARMA are inviting UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to participate in the ORCID pilot. Up to 8 HEI-based projects will be supported in the pilot with £10,000 each for their effort in contributing to the body of understanding to establish practical ways forward to streamlining ORCID implementation.
Deadline for submissions: Friday 21 March 2014, 12noon.
More details: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/research/funding