An Easter Egg from Lynda.com? We need your views…

It is now eighteen months since everyone in the University has had access to Lynda.com, if you are one of 8.000 people who have taken advantage of the huge collection of courses available we’d be  interested in how you make … Continue reading

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Open Toolkit

Last week we held another successful Skills Toolkit event here in the IT Learning Programme. This is where we give research students the opportunity to try out a collection of tools that they might find useful in their research and … Continue reading

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Who hates filing?

I don’t suppose any of us really enjoy filing, but we know (or fear)  that we should have some way of finding things when we need them again. Following a recent course on “Research Information Management”, Oxford researchers told us … Continue reading

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No more bullet points?

Oxford University has been around for over 800 years – and it has many traditions. PowerPoint has only been around for 23 years but it too has its own traditions. The ‘traditional’ PowerPoint presentation is one bulleted slide after another, … Continue reading

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Digitising 35mm Slides

Take a look at www.nomadsinoman.com It is a fascinating record of nomadic tribal life in the latter part of the last century. So why is it featured here…? The original images were on 35mm slides, and although they had been … Continue reading

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Outlook 2010 (Nexus)

Course of the week Software releases <sigh/> It’s difficult to keep up, not just for those who use it but doubly so for those who teach it. At Oxford we have an extra complication; the colleges and divisions have a … Continue reading

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Remote Meetings

We have been trialling a new version of a survey tool we use here in the IT Learning Programme  – Indicate 2 by a company called Ostrakon based in Tubingen, Germany. They have worked closely with us to customise the … Continue reading

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PowerPoint – High Resolution Images

PowerPoint is a great tool for creating simple (and not so simple) diagrams. Copy and paste of course works with the other Office apps, and many other programs understand the PowerPoint format. It is also possible to export any or … Continue reading

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Free Images for Use in PowerPoint

Question Where can I get free images to use in PowerPoint? Answer Firstly, you can’t just use an image search tool (such as Google images) and use any image from the web. Most images on the web are covered by … Continue reading

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How to Convert Video Formats

Question How do I convert from one video format to another? Answer Download the Free Studio tool from DVDVideoSoft. It’s quite a large download (20MB+) and Windows only. Once you have downloaded and installed it, it’s fairly self explanatory. Alternatively, … Continue reading

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