Learn to build a WebLearn site

come_build2WebLearn is the University’s virtual learning environment. It allows members of the University to create and store materials to support teaching and learning activities. It is easy to create and upload materials, easy to foster collaboration and easy to secure access.

Several WebLearn talks will take place at IT Services during Learn at Work week (19 to 25 May 2014). The WebLearn Fundamentals course is the place to start – this is a three-hour ‘getting started’ course for staff members to find out how easy it is to build a WebLearn site. Participants will receive a set of WebLearn postcards which fit together as a puzzle – see a video on how to solve the puzzle.

The lunch time session WebLearn Bytes: Assignments takes a look at the Assignments tool which enables lecturers or tutors to set up an assignment (essay) and have students submit their work electronically. Integration with the Turnitin plagiarism awareness software enables student work to be screened, with the Originality Report being returned in the WebLearn site.

The session Plagiarism: How to avoid it (for students) takes a look at academic writing, referencing and citation skills and offers attendees a chance to submit some of their work to Turnitin and see the resulting Originality Report.

Course participants are eligible to attend Computer8 – a ‘drop-in’ surgery every Friday morning during term time. One-on-one consultation is available with WebLearn team members to help you build your WebLearn site.

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19th – 25th May is Learning at Work Week!

Learn at work graphic“Learning at Work Week” is a national annual awareness campaign to promote and support workplace learning. All University staff are invited to sample our many ways to learn from a range of face to face sessions, downloadable podcasts and on-line learning material. See the schedule of courses for the week on the Learn at Work 2014 Courses page.

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IT Courses for Trinity Term


The University suggests in its digital strategy that we should provide:

“Training and skills for staff and students to broaden and deepen the capability of all members of the University to embrace digital.”

The schedule for IT teaching in Trinity Term 2014 is now available online: courses.it.ox.ac.uk/summary

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Safer Internet Day 2014 at Oxford University

SID2014Logo-croppedFor Safer Internet Day 2014 a panel of experts will join together to discuss this year’s theme – “Let’s create a better Internet together”. The event is being organised by the University’s Information Security team and Academic IT Services. Discussion will focus on what responsibilities the University, its staff and students have in helping to create a better Internet, including:

  • Online presence (e.g. academic impact and online engagement)
  • Social Media (e.g. Twitter)
  • Creating, disseminating or accessing inappropriate content online
  • Content filtering by your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Avoiding harassment and abuse online

How safe do you feel online?

Presentations will address the Oxford landscape and will include “How does your institution keep you safe?” by Dr Sara Perry, University of York, a scholar who was harassed online and has researched how academics are particularly vulnerable.

Afternoon refreshments will be provided, and the summit will be followed by an informal drinks reception.

To book, free of charge: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TBSI

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Research Skills Toolkit

—   Limited spaces, book your place now   —

teaching4IT Services and Bodleiean Libraries  offer a free hands-on workshop for research students introducing key tools, techniques and resources.
Topics covered in this 2 hour session include:

  • Reference management software
  • Literature searching and advanced search techniques
  • Keeping up to date with emerging research
  • Managing your thesis with Word
  • Analysing data with Excel pivot tables
  • Podcasting with Audacity and Weblearn
  • Free software for image manipulation
  • Measuring research impact
  • Your thesis, copyright and submitting to ORA

During the sessions you will also meet with subject specialists for help and guidance on further training.

These workshops are open to graduate researchers and take place in week 8 of Michaelmas and week 1 of Hilary Term.

Read more and book your place – http://tinyurl.com/c6qyxgx.

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Skills Toolkit

debateThe Research Skills Toolkit is a collaboration between the IT Learning Programme and the Bodleian Libraries. It offers postgraduate and post-doc researchers a range of transferable IT and Library Information skills and tools, that will support their research while at Oxford and in their future careers.

At each Toolkit workshop, post-grad researchers are given a series of hands-on tasks, to try out tools and resources that will be useful in their research and study. The emphasis is on an appealing encounter, rather than detailed training. A key feature of the Toolkit workshops is that expert advisors, who are themselves experienced practitioners, are on hand to discuss students’ questions and to recommend further courses and resources.

This year we held 16 workshops, in November 2012 and January 2013. 526 postgraduate students booked, of whom 377 attended (61% 1st year, 15% 2nd year; an 11% increase on last year). Each workshop was targeted at one of the academic Divisions or a subject area.

In feedback, students overwhelmingly appreciated the event and felt it was a good use of their time (96% of responses; 50% of participants responded).

A substantial website at www.skillstoolkit.ox.ac.uk supports the workshops, providing resources and advice on 120+ further tools and topics relevant to research and study. This website is an essential part of the Skills Toolkit, it is integrated into the live workshops, and it provides follow-up resources throughout the year.

The Toolkit website continues to prove popular with students – over 1800 distinct individuals have visited the site this year.

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A successful initative

teaching4Our initiative to involve Oxford University in the national celebrations of ‘Learning at Work ‘ day  2013 was a great success.

All the training providers across the University pulled together to contribute to a day of workshops at IT Services on Banbury Road.

Obviously, every day is ‘learning at work’ day at Oxford University, but  we know you are all very busy and it was fun to make this day a little bit special.

“Excellent initiative to have lots of short training sessions all on one day, so that you get a taster of things and won’t need to be away from the office for more than one day.”

“1 hour sessions are great! It’s good to be inspired to do more training.”

Thank you for being involved and for giving your comments and feedback.

We had more than 250 people through our doors on the day ( 23rd May) and many more visiting our online training materials.

97.3% of  you said the timing was  convenient and 100% said that if the event is run again you would participate  or recommend it  to a colleague.

We received lots of suggestions on what we might include next time, which we will circulate to the training providers.

“I like the learning at work events.  It was quite enjoyable. If something like this was offered again I would happily participate in more of the sessions.”

“I really enjoyed the course . I particularly liked the balance between lecture and hands-on experience. I also like that we had assistance to hand at all times should we have had questions or required help.”

“I enjoyed the session and would have attended more events if I’d had the time. Thank you for arranging the day.”

“It was a great session, really useful and made me focus on an area that I know I need to at our College. Both presenters were engaging and knowledgeable.”

“Both sessions I attended were well structured, interesting and a pleasure to participate in.”

If you would like to be inolved in organising a similar event next year, please let us know.

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Secure your Self: Safety online

PhishingThis lunchtime slot will be a rather whistle-stop tour of things that you should be thinking about as all our lives becomes more and more online.

Do you know who can get to your identity? Are you familiar with how security works on facebook, linkedin, twitter and other social media?  Do you know how to choose a good password (and remember it)?  Is it safe to use dropbox?  Do you know how to spot a phishing scam trying to get your bank details or Nexus login?

These things might all sounds daunting but they are all perfectly manageable if you take a few moments to step back and think about what you are doing online and to understand the risks so you can mitigate them.  Online life is an increasingly important part of today’s work and this session should leave you more confident and less worried about engaging confidently with the myriad online services now available to us all.

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Your personal WebLearn space

Oxford tools_dark_UKEvery member of Oxford University has their own personal ‘cloud’ in WebLearn, called ‘My Workspace’. You can enter your contact details, upload your photo into your profile, and make connections with other WebLearn users. You also have a personal file storage area (max 100 Mb) which you can use to back up files, access them from any other computer, or build a personal web page.


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A natural way to learn is from your colleagues. Each Trinity term the make: talks showcase the creativity of our colleagues from around the University. They are a talented bunch; this year we have everything from creating Film Noir using social media, through to managing your allotment virtually, to how to make your videos sexy, sticky and stimulating – all in the best possible taste of course!

For full details visit our courses catalogue at courses.it.ox.ac.uk and search for ‘make:

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