ACIT News – Trinity Term 15 – Week 8 #Awards #Sakai11 #coures #weblearn

1. 2015 OxTALENT Awards Ceremony: a great success

2. A taste of WebLearn (Sakai) 11

3. Brush up your IT Skills over the summer

4. Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School

5. The WebLearn Improved Student Experience (WISE) Project

6. Lecture Capture Pilot Project: “Replay”

7. WebLearn User Group Meeting

8. Turnitin User Group Meeting

1. 2015 OxTALENT Awards Ceremony: a great success

On Tuesday 16 June Academic IT Services hosted the annual OxTALENT Awards. OxTALENT is a competition and a ceremony designed to recognise and award colleagues and students from across the University for creative use of digital technologies in teaching, learning and outreach.

This year we awarded 27 prizes from over 80 nominations, and more than 100 colleagues from across the University joined us to celebrate. The day was a great success and enjoyed by all.  More details of the event including speakers and winning entries can be found on the OxTALENT blog: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/oxtalent/.

2.  A taste of WebLearn (Sakai) 11

Currently WebLearn is based on Sakai 10.   In addition to minor enhancements throughout the year, there is a major release approximately every year.  The next major milestone for WebLearn is the release of Sakai 11.  Oxford is expected to upgrade to Sakai 11 next summer.   The WebLearn team has made a significant contribution to this release which will allow institutions who use Sakai around the globe to benefit from the work undertaken in response to requests from our users.

There are many new features and improvements in Sakai 11.  Here are a handful of those most interesting to Oxford students and staff.

  • Responsive Design:  the biggest redesign of the system since Sakai was launched, offers a fantastic user interface and great user experience on desktop, tablet and mobile phone
  • Public Announcement System tool: allows important messages to be broadcast to all WebLearn users
  • Markbook (Gradebook) enhancements:  provide easier and faster ‘speed’ marking capabilities via spreadsheet entry, to simplify and consolidate the grade import/export process, and to improve the overall user experience of the tool
  • Dashboard: can be found in My Workspace to provide an overview of resources, activites of events in all WebLearn sites that one is a member of, e.g. recent announcements, resources, assignments, calendar events, etc.
  • MathJAX support: (mathematical notation / LaTeX) in the WYSIWYG HTML editor

More details of Sakai 11 can be found on the WebLearn blog: http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/adamweblearn/ .

3. Brush up your IT Skills over the summer

Are you planning to write up over the summer? Or aiming to improve your IT skills ready for the next academic year? Get your IT skills up to speed using study materials from the ITLP Portfolio.

You can download a wide range and variety of self-study resources form the ITLP Portfolio at http://portfolio.it.ox.ac.uk . There are course handbooks from our popular taught courses, along with bundles of work files so you can try out new techniques and practice your new skills. Plus there are links to how-to videos and articles, tips & tricks by our own team of IT Teachers.

4. Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School

Booking closes on 29 June for the Digital Humanities at Oxford Summer School. See http://dhoxss.humanities.ox.ac.uk/2015/ for more information. Book soon!

5. The WebLearn Improved Student Experience (WISE) Project

The WebLearn team is inviting participation in the WebLearn Improved Student Experience (WISE) Project, offering a limited amount of customised WebLearn design and development support free of charge. The aim of the project is to 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 well as an efficient and satisfying experience for staff.

The project has appointed two new learning technologists in the central WebLearn team.  Currently we are working with departments in Medical Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Continuing Education. Departments in MPLS have expressed interest, and invitations have been sent to Divisional Administrators inviting further participation.

The team is available to give a 15-min overview of the project and the support offered at Teaching & Learning or other departmental committee meetings, and to set up a presence at student induction sessions or other events to engage directly with WebLearn users.

If your department is interested in the project, contact Jill Fresen (jill.fresen@it.ox.ac.uk) to arrange an initial exploratory meeting with the WISE team. More information about the project can be found at http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/adamweblearn/wise-project/.

6. Lecture Capture Pilot Project: “Replay”

Educational Media Services is currently running a pilot project called Replay, a lecture capture software to record lectures as a revision aid for Oxford students.

Replay is easy to use.  It can capture video, audio and slides, automatically synchronise them, and make them available via WebLearn to students in the site.  Academics and/or local support staff can view and edit recordings  through a simple online editor before releasing it to students.

To express an interest in becoming involved in the pilot project, please contact replay@it.ox.ac.uk.

7. WebLearn User Group Meeting

Friday 3 July 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, followed by cream tea

IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

The next meeting of the WebLearn User Group will focus on two projects being run in the WebLearn team (ORLIMS – upgrading the Reading Lists tool) and WISE (WebLearn Improved Student Experience). We will also explore the use of a content authoring tool called Xerte to deliver learning material via WebLearn.  Booking is required for catering purposes – book now to secure your place: https://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVD.

Come and meet with fellow WebLearn users and members of the WebLearn team to give feedback and share ideas and practices. Ensure that your voice and ideas are heard and shared in order to inform the ongoing development and support of the system.

Agenda:

•     Erika Harlos-Szendrey, Project Manager: Overview of the ORLIMS (reading lists) project

•      Jill Fresen and WebLearn team: The WebLearn Improved Student Experience (WISE) project – overview and your input

•      Adam Marshall, WebLearn team: Creating Xerte content packages for delivery via WebLearn

•     Adam Marshall, WebLearn team: WebLearn updates

Join the WebLearn User Group site: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/info/wlug for regular updates and access to audio recordings of previous presentations.

8. Turnitin User Group Meeting

Tuesday 30 Jun 2015, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, followed by refreshments

IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Booking is required: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TTEP

Join us to find out about the various avenues available for using the plagiarism awareness software Turnitin.  Jill Fresen from the WebLearn team will demonstrate the new online plagiarism tutorial.

Join the Turnitin User Group site in WebLearn – it offers a collection of resources and will add you to the group e-mail list: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/info/plag/tiiug.  Audio recordings of previous meetings are also available on this site.

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