ACIT News – Hilary Term 15 – Week 3 #courses #data #altc

1. An invitation to new Staff:  breakfast at IT Services on Friday 13th February

2. WebLearn Improved Student Experience (WISE) project

3. Courses with places available for 4th week

4. WebLearn courses next week

5. Research data – courses and talks in Hilary 2015

6. ALT annual conference 2015: call for proposals

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

1. An invitation to new Staff:  breakfast at IT Services on Friday 13th February

Are you a member of staff who has recently joined the University?  If so, we invite you to our termly ‘welcome’ breakfast from 8.30-9.30 on Friday 13th, at IT Services’ training suite, 13 Banbury Road.

Over croissants and coffee we will introduce you to the many important services that are available to you, for your work or your research. You will also have the opportunity to chat to IT staff and other newcomers, discuss any queries or problems, and seek advice on any IT related matter. This is a great opportunity to find out more about how IT works at Oxford and always generates enthusiastic feedback such as “great format … staff were very friendly and helpful.”

To book your place, visit

2. WebLearn Improved Student Experience (WISE) project

The WISE project will support departments, faculties, colleges and units to fast-track the development and improvement of their WebLearn presence in order to deliver an enhanced (and consistent) student digital experience, as per recommendations from previous projects.

The project aims to increase the uptake and optimise the use of WebLearn by units across the university, to support teaching and learning. Specific objectives of the project are:

  • To promote staff engagement with the tools and features offered by WebLearn to enrich teaching and learning
  • To enhance the student WebLearn experience
  • To work closely with selected units to fast-track their use of WebLearn for teaching and learning
  • To facilitate the use of WebLearn according to best practice
  • To provide improved tools and templates to support best practice
  • To establish a peer community of WebLearn champions (enthusiasts)

Please contact with the subject line ‘WISE project’ to express your interest in participating in the project.

3. Courses with places available for 4th week of Hilary Term 2015

Scribus: An introduction to desktop publishing
Mon 09 Feb 09:15-12:15

Web publishing: An introduction to CSS
Mon 09 Feb 14:00-17:00

Online Presence: Introductory workshop
Wed 11 Feb 09:15-12:15

Digital images: ARTstor, Bridgeman Education, VADS and Archivision for teaching and learning
Wed 11 Feb 14:00-16:00

Google Analytics: An overview
Tue 17 Feb 09:15-12:15

XML Editing: Basic XML editing with the oXygen XML Editor
Wed 18 Feb 12:30-13:30

TEI Guidelines: An overview of the recommendations of the Text Encoding Initiative
Thu 19 Feb 12:30-13:30

XPath: Using XPath to search in the oXygen XML Editor
Fri 20 Feb 12:30-14:00

4. WebLearn courses next week

New! WebLearn Bytes: Lessons tool
Mon 9 Feb 12.30 -13:30

Content or activities in a WebLearn site could only be accessed via the selected tools added in the site.  The newly introduced Lessons tool allows a site maintainer to ‘stitch together’ learning materials, resources and activities such as individual Forum topics, tests, or assignments into a tailored learning pathway for students. Easily integrate multiple tools into one page and organise the site content in terms of themes, weeks or modules.  The Lessons tool also allows students to create their own content to share with other students in the site.   Come along to find out more about the Lessons tool.

Plagiarism: Interpreting originality reports using Turnitin
Tue 10 Feb 12:30-13:30

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. (Note that critical reading and further action based on the data in the report depend on your discipline, department or faculty and are not included in a generic session.)

5. Research Data – Courses and Talks in Hilary 2015

This term, the IT Services Research Support team is offering a number of events for researchers working with data. These are being run in collaboration with ITLP and some of the academic divisions.

Introduction to Research Data Management (MPLS Division)
Mon 9 Feb 13:30-16:30, Careers Service

Oxford’s Online Research Database Service (ORDS): An Introduction
Mon 16 Feb14:00 – 17:00 IT Services, Banbury Road

Research Data Management Planning: An Introduction for Researchers
Wed 18 Feb14:00- 15:30 IT Services, Banbury Road

Preparing Your Research Material for the Future: What You Can Do Now to Avoid Problems Later (closed course for members of the Humanities Division)
Mon 23 Feb14:00 -16:00  IT Services, Banbury Road

Preparing Your Research Data for the Future: What You Can Do Now to Avoid Problems Later (Social Sciences Division)
Mon 2 Mar 2015 14:30 -16:30 Seminar Room C, Manor Road Building

Things to do with Data – a series of lunchtime talks

Data Visualisation – a series of lunchtime talks

For further details, see the Research Support team’s research data management course listing page:

6. ALT (Association for Learning Technology) annual conference 2015: call for proposals

The ALT Annual Conference 2015, “Shaping the future of learning together” will be held at the University of Manchester, 8 – 10 September 2015. It will be chaired by Amanda Jefferies, University of Hertfordshire and Liz Masterman, University of Oxford.

The conference programme will reflect the theme of shaping and sharing learning through breaking down the traditional divisions between stakeholders and between their roles, with a focus on:

  1. Harnessing the power of the crowd – collaboration and connectivist learning;
  2. Social media in learning and teaching;
  3. Open educational practice;
  4. Learners as agents of change;
  5. Participatory approaches to the development of learning technologies.

Your 500 word proposal needs to show clearly how your session is going to address the relevant theme and should where possible include recent research, case studies, practice or learner perspectives from any learning context including schools, colleges, universities and industry.

The deadline for proposals: Midnight GMT Friday 13 March 2015

More information on how to submit a proposal can be found at

7. Current articles from a peer-reviewed Open Access journal Research in Learning Technology

The journal website is at:

Latest articles:

“Critical connections: personal learning environments and information literacy” by Alison Hicks and Caroline Sinkinson

“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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