ACIT News – Hilary Term 15 – Week 1 #student #innovation #webcast #data #weblearn

1.  DIGE 2: Revisiting the Student Digital Experience

2. IT Innovation Seed Fund

3. The Live Webcast Streaming Service

4. Things to do with Data and Data Visualisation : two series of lunchtime talks

5. WebLearn and Plagiarism Awareness Courses next week

6. Current articles from Research in Learning Technology: a peer-reviewed open access journal

1.  DIGE 2: Revisiting the Student Digital Experience

Three years ago we carried out DIGE, the University’s first detailed study of students’ experience of digital technologies in their academic and social lives. The time has come to revisit the findings from that work, and so we will shortly launch DIGE 2. We will be looking to see what has changed – or remained the same – over the past three years, and will also be focusing on students’ preferences regarding digital technologies to support their learning. We want to involve students at all levels of study and to consult with academic staff for their perspectives on e-learning at Oxford.

Watch out for invitations to participate. In the meantime, if you would like more information or you would like to volunteer to take part in an interview, please contact the project leader, Dr Liz Masterman:

 2. IT Innovation Seed Fund

Do you have a great idea for a digital project which would benefit staff or students at Oxford?

The IT Innovation Seed Fund has just been launched. Its aim is to fund small innovative IT projects that address key challenges for the University. It’s hoped that these small start-up digital projects will subsequently become full services or work with Isis Innovation on spin-out opportunities.

The fund is open to all University of Oxford staff and students. Each term (or once a year for students) a challenge will be set to encourage people to focus their thoughts and submit ideas for discussion and development via an open collaboration platform called Oxford Ideas. There will also be an open challenge where you can submit any idea you feel could bring benefit to the University.

The challenges for University staff for Hilary Term 2015 and the annual Student IT Innovation programme are both now live. For this round we welcome project ideas from any University staff member for digital initiatives that would improve the academic experience at Oxford. If you and your colleagues have a great idea, then send it in!

For more information, visit the IT Innovation Fund page on the IT Services website at or email

3. The Live Webcast Streaming Service

Are you thinking of organising an event that might be of interest to the wider world or your alumni? Are you running a series of high-profile research talks?

If so, why not consider broadcasting your event live to a global audience? The live webcast streaming service offered by Educational Media Services (EMS) team can provide a live video stream of your event on the internet. All you have to do is to share the URL (which EMS will give you) with your audience in advance. On the day itself, the EMS team will handle all the technical aspects so that the speaker(s) can concentrate on giving their talk.

To find out more about the serivce, please contact the EMS team at

4. Things to do with Data and Data Visualisation : two series of lunchtime talks

Do you work with data? This term, the IT Learning Programme is offering two separate series of lunchtime talks for researchers.

On Wednesdays, we see the return of the “Things to do with Data” series. The series is aimed at researchers from all disciplines who generate, gather, rearrange or re-purpose data. It looks at software, services and techniques to help you make the most of that data. Covering aspects of data management from planning to re-use, this term’s talks are intended to inspire while also considering the practical requirements of research funders and the issues associated with sharing data. See below for titles and booking.

On Thursdays, we have a new series, “Data Visualisation”. This series of hour-long talks is designed to provide an accessible overview of a series of data visualisation tools and projects. Join us to discuss your own methods and problems and to hear how others are handling visualisation both inside the University and beyond. See below for titles and booking.

Things to do with Data

For full details about the series:


Wednesdays 12.30 -1.30

Venue IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd

Things to do with data: The CLARIN European Research Infrastructure – 28th January

Things to do with data: Networking Ancient People: lessons from the SNAP:DRGN project – 4th February

Things to do with data: Taming University Chemical Biology Knowledge – 18th February

Things to do with data: The Oxford Research Data Archive (ORA-Data) – 25th February

Things to do with data: Data Science as a Service – 4th March

Data Visualisation

For full details about the series:


Thursdays, 12.30 -1.30

Venue IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd

Data visualisation: in Blender – 29th January

Data visualisation: Visual Vignettes: Examples of R Graphics in Demography – 12th February

Data visualisation: Visualising Network Data – 19th February

Data visualisation: Visual Analytics at NATO – 26th February

Data visualisation: Data Visualisation in Javascript – 5th March

5. WebLearn and Plagiarism Awareness Courses next week

WebLearn is a web-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which provides tools to support teaching and learning, assessment, collaboration, communication and sharing of resources. Turnitin is an online software application which compares matches of documents and is primarily used to detect instances of plagiarism.

WebLearn: Fundamentals  (once per month)
Wednesday 28Jan    9.15-12.15

This course is at a basic level, aimed at users with little or no experience of the system.

WebLearn Bytes: Site Management and Resources
Mon 26 Jan    12:30 – 13:30

Are you making best use of your site management tool, Site Info? What is the best way to make learning and organisational materials available to your site members? Come and experiment hands-on with the Site Info and Resources tools in order to set up and manage your WebLearn site.

Plagiarism: WebLearn and Turnitin
Tuesday 27 January    12:30 – 13:30

This one-hour course discusses issues surrounding plagiarism. The Turnitin plagiarism detection service identifies pieces of text in students’ work that match with existing electronic texts. It can be used for assessed essays and also for general formative purposes to improve student academic skills. You will have the opportunity to submit a sample document via the integration between Turnitin and WebLearn.
Plagiarism: Turnitin Fundamentals
Thursday 29 Jan    9.15-12.15

This course is aimed at new staff users of Turnitin and takes you through the process of setting up the software, submitting papers and accessing the resulting originality reports.

6. Current articles from Research in Learning Technology: a peer-reviewed open access journal

Latest articles:

Editorial: “Aspects of openness in education”, Meg O’Reilly

“Using social media to engage and develop the online learner in self-determined learning”, Lisa Marie Blaschke

“A case for examining pre-service teacher preparation for inquiry teaching science with technology”, Chris T. Shively and Randy Yerrick

“Challenges when introducing electronic exam”, Matti Kuikka, Markus Kitola, Mikko-Jussi Laakso

“Staff experience and attitudes towards Technology Enhanced Learning initiatives in one Faculty of Health & Life Sciences”, Peter Reed

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