OxTALENT Competition 2017: #oxtalent2017

IT Services has launched the annual OxTALENT competition to celebrate and reward the innovative use of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning, research, and outreach at the University of Oxford. We invite entries from members of the University – both staff and students – in the following categories:

  • Innovative teaching & learning with technology
  • Outreach & widening participation
  • Public engagement
  • Digital media
  • Data visualisation
  • Research posters

The competition is open to all students and staff, and awards up to £150 can be given to individuals or to groups. You can submit an entry yourself or nominate a colleague who has impressed you with their use of technology. The closing date for entries is Friday 28 April. For more information, including a list of completion categories, visit the OxTALENT website.

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make: an impact in Trinity Term 2017

Each year we run a series of lunch time talks under the banner of make: which showcases the creative use of technology and digital resources in teaching, learning and outreach around the University. In past years we have included talks about using Raspberry PIs in Indian schools, modelling historical buildings in 3D, remote observation of rare species in the Himalayas, CT scanning of fossils, building and sustaining a YouTube channel and many others.

The make: series will run during Trinity term on Thursday lunchtimes and we are looking for talks to add to our line-up. If you or your team have used technology in an innovative way, or have created interesting digital resources for work, studies, research (or even pleasure!) and you want to share your discoveries and achievements with the rest of the University, contact us at courses@it.ox.ac.uk as we’d be very interested in hearing from you.

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No peace and quiet for learning with Lynda.com?

lyndaLogoBreak away from your office and come to a Lynda Lab!

We know that at times offfices and labs (and even your college or home) can be very distracting environments when you want to focus on a Lynda.com course.

If that’s the case, why not book one of our Lynda Labs?

Lynda Labs provide a quiet place where you can concentrate on your learning. There will always be someone there to ask for guidance about which Lynda.com course might suit you best, and answer questions about your training. We provide computers and headphones, although you can bring your own if you prefer.

Our free Lynda Labs run most weeks at the IT Learning Centre at 13 Banbury Road and you can see the available sessions, and book on to one or more via the CoSY booking system. Once logged in click on Course Search and search for “Lynda Labs”. To see a list of available dates and book, click on the green Action button.

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IT Learning Programme Advent Learning: Week 4

christmas-1015348_1920In our last post before Christmas, we highlight a few short videos focusing on the  creative use of technology.

Be inspired to design a logo, create a game character using Blender, or find out about the process behind special effect make up!

Or simply sit back and relax and watch one of the many online documentaries in lynda.com featuring the stories of creative companies, leaders, entrepreneurs, inventors, experts, and innovators.

And here are some suggestions of videos to help you learn something new, at home or at work. You can even share this particular collection with your family and friends – you don’t need an SSO login!

Happy Holidays!

Remember that you can download videos from Lynda.com for offline viewing.  If you’re planning a Christmas trip and worried about a long stay in a departure lounge, or concerned you may get snowed in somewhere (!), how about downloading some interesting videos to your handheld device? Read our guidance on using lynda.com on your mobile device.

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IT Learning Programme Advent Learning: Week 3

christmas-1015346_1920As the nights draw in and Christmas comes ever closer, our third advent blog post brings you a collection of videos which will help you record your Christmas memories.

We kick off with this excellent introduction to photography.

And once you have taken those special snaps, learn how to get your photos organised and how to keep them safe. You can share them with family and friends using Google Photos.

Of course, you can also manage your images on your mobile device.

And if you are lucky enough to get a new Android phone for Christmas…

Watch a great video for anyone getting their first Android:

Note: to watch these videos you will need to sign up to our new lynda learning resource. It’s free to sign up using your Oxford single sign (SSO) credentials.

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IT Learning Programme – Advent Learning: Week 2

christmas-1015342_1920The second week of Advent already, and our blog turns its attention to making your seasonal greetings more fun and creative. Our hand-picked lynda.com videos this week focus on how to make greetings cards, labels and videos.

There are so many tools to help you design your own Christmas cards, so you can create something really individual to share. We’ve picked out two videos which show how to create and design cards.

Or find out how to personalize that round robin letter using mail merge!

And to add the final touch make your labels stand out by adding an image to a label.

This year, how about filming your own greeting to send to family and friends?
Lynda.com has a range of quick video tips to get you started with creating your own video. Find out how to make a good impression on camera? We found the part about covering up tattoos very useful!

Note: to watch these videos you will need to sign up to our new lynda learning resource. It’s free to sign up using your Oxford single sign (SSO) credentials.

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IT Learning Programme – Advent Learning: Week 1

christmas-1015352_1920As we come into the season of Advent, counting down to Christmas, the IT Learning Programme team has picked out some seasonal videos that can help you get in the mood. Look out for our weekly blog up until Christmas. In our first week we’ll help you plan your time and hopefully carve out some quiet time over Christmas!

Learn to keep track of your time, with your work commitments, preparations at home and all those festivities, using a calendar as simple as Outlook. Keep aside some thinking space amongst the excitement and fun, to ponder what Christmas means to you.

Get some quick tips on how to organise meetings using Outlook

Or use more of Outlook’s tools to manage your own time.

Hear from a time management expert with some simple tips to becoming more intentional about the way you spend your time.

And if the holiday spending seems to be getting away from you, learn to create a simple budget using Excel.

Note: to watch these videos you will need to sign up to our new lynda learning resource. It’s free to sign up using your Oxford single sign (SSO) credentials.

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Are you one of the 2,535 University members signed up to lynda.com?

Since the launch at the end of September 2,535 people have signed up to our new lynda learning resource. If you’re not one of them you are missing out on high quality, free, any time any place, training. Over 22,000 videos have been watched, with the top ranking IT skills development courses being Programming Fundamentals, Matlab, R, Python, Excel and Illustrator.

If you are using lynda already, you will start to see some changes to the course page navigation design over the coming weeks.

If you’re not using lynda – you can sign up using your single sign (SSO) credentials.

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Learn more about lynda!

The IT Learning Programme has recently introduced access to lynda.com, a huge library of video-based, online learning resources covering IT and Design skills and more.

From September 2015 all current University members have been able to access these resources for free to enhance their IT skills and their personal development. Access is by Single Sign On at http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/lynda

To date, over 2000 individuals have logged into the system and are making use of the high quality videos delivered by leading industry experts. However, we want to reach many more. The IT Learning Programme is working to blend these video resources with its classroom-based IT courses. Other UK Universities have started to integrate the learning resources into their taught programmes for both undergraduates and postgraduates, and their staff development initiatives.

Would you like to explore what is possible?
The IT Learning Programme is delighted to be hosting Silke Prodinger-Leong from lynda.com. Silke will give a one-hour talk on Friday 6th November to show how to create playlists and how other UK Universities have used lynda.com within their programmes of study and training programmes.

The session will run twice, so please book on to the one that best suits you:

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd

Friday 6th November, 11 am-Noon
Friday 6th November, 2-3 pm

Please book your place at:

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Show: A new series of lunchtime talks

show: is a series of lunchtime talks celebrating the intersection between art and technology in digital media. The series is an expansion and replacement of the successful Digital Media User Group that has run termly for the last 6 years. show: will cover music, film, still imagery and technologies such as 3D printing in the context of Oxford. Talks will address university business, research and creative uses of these technologies, providing a platform for university members and others to share the contributions they are making in this fast-changing arena.

This term we have four show: talks lined up (with a few more to follow):

show: Billy Jackson: Spare time filmmaker
2nd November – 12:30-13:30
Billy Jackson works for the University full time, but in his spare time he likes to make films. In this session Billy will talk about his work, which range from music videos to short dramas to one stop motion animation pieces, one of which was shortlisted for a BBC short film competition. He will talk about how anybody can make a film and will cover the self-taught aspect and provide a brief overview of the tools he uses, such as Final Cut.
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show: From Ferret Brains to Fashion – Creative Applications of 3D Printing
9th November – 12:30-13:30
For the last year the Radcliffe Science Library has run a 3D printing service. In this presentation we will provide examples of the creative applications the printer has been put to and highlight some of the useful design tools and practical pitfalls we have encountered.
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show: Pure Data – a musical programming show and tell!
16th November – 12:30-13:30
Pure Data is a flexible and accessible programming language widely used by musician because of its friendly “patching” interface. This talk will demo some entry level projects and give an overview of how the program is used to control and make sounds.
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show: Drawing and the Digital Ground
23rd November – 12:30-13:30
In recent years drawing has met with renewed critical scrutiny. New 3D printing technologies are joining the more established media of film and video to offer novel insights into the field. I will present a handful of my recent artworks to suggest some intersections between paper, screen, lens and modelling software as grounds for the figures they support.
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