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IT 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.
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The 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.
Every 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.
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:‘
National Learning at Work Day is on May 23rd 2013. What will you learn?
Every year, the Campaign for Learning sets a theme for Learning at Work Day to highlight an important aspect or aspects of workplace learning and development. We then suggest ideas and approaches and produce downloadable graphics and promotional posters linked to the theme. As an organiser, you can use this theme or choose another theme if this works better for your particular context and objectives for the day.
This year’s theme is ‘Many Ways to Learn’.
It focuses on:
- how learning and development can happen in various ways and the benefits to businesses and managers of maximising the opportunities for employees to learn by cultivating and supporting different types of learning at work
- the benefits of supporting employees to become more self-directed and able to manage their own learning, so they recognise and value the range of ways they can learn at work, from classroom-based training to web research
- the impact on employees’ motivation when they understand their own learning preferences and how they can develop their learning skills
The Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School (DHOXSS) is an annual training event taking place this year on 8 – 12 July 2013 at the University of Oxford for researchers, project managers, research assistants, and students of Digital Humanities. DHOXSS delegates are introduced to a range of topics including the creation, management, analysis, modelling, visualization, or publication of digital data for the humanities. Each delegate follows one of our 5-day workshops and supplements this with guest lectures by experts in their fields. There are a limited number of bursaries available for University of Oxford DPhils and Early-Career Researchers.
There are a variety of evening events including a peer-reviewed poster session to give delegates a chance to demonstrate their work to the other delegates and speakers. The Thursday evening sees an elegant drinks reception and three-course banquet at the historic Queen’s College Oxford.
DHOXSS is a collaboration for Digital.Humanities@Oxford between the University of Oxford’s IT Services, the Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC), the Bodleian Libraries, and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.
If you don’t have computing experience it can be quite daunting to take the first steps in gaining the skills. New computer users appreciate being given sympathetic help and advice from professional trainers.
The IT Learning Programme has organised an experienced teacher to deliver an introduction to computing, including: the first steps in using a computer; using the internet and email; how to keep safe on-line. For a full course description please look at Beginners IT – An introduction to the world of computing.
We hope that the skills gained can then be built on by attending the IT courses offered by the IT Learning Programme. More details of the IT programme are in the Course catalogue
Contact us or call us on (2)73200 (option 2) for an informal chat about the course.