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.
We provide learning technology courses to members of the University. Topics cover all aspects of information technology and its use in education. Our departmental and faculty inductions and seminars are tailored towards the needs of each discipline.
You can browse the IT Learning Programme course schedule either through our A-Z listing, or using the list of Upcoming courses. Our course calendar is available to download as a PDF document.
Our courses run throughout the academic year. Most courses consist of a series of short talks with demonstrations, followed by practical exercises.
Studying at postgraduate level often requires the development of new study and research skills, and if you have not studied for some time, you may also need to revisit and refresh skills you acquired at undergraduate level or on other postgraduate courses. Your requirements will differ according to your subject discipline and your own background and study practices but the key areas you will need to consider tackling include:
- Time management
- Using online search engines (and particularly SOLO, the main library search engine for Oxford University)
- Managing computer files and data bases
- Managing and presenting references and bibliographies (including using an online referencing system such as RefWorks or EndNote)
- Reading critically and effectively
- Taking notes effectively
- Using statistical and modelling techniques
- Planning a research project
- Writing a research proposal
- Planning and conducting a survey
- Planning and writing a dissertation or thesis
- Developing an academic writing style
- Giving presentations (including the use of PowerPoint)
- Preparing for a Doctoral or Master’s viva
Developing the study and research skills needed at postgraduate level takes time and effort. Some need to be acquired at the start of your programme while others are best developed over a longer period. Guidance and assistance will be supplied on your course programme, by your tutors or your supervisor, and in your course handbook. Your Faculty or Department may also provide guidance on its website or run training courses and workshops. The Bodleian Libraries Group runs workshops in finding, using and referencing library resources. The Oxford University IT Services run a wide range of skills workshops for postgraduate and other students.
Around 4200 people attended our courses this year; with 1343 people attending 3 or more courses. 3060 people turned up to our special events and inductions.
The IT Learning Programme (ITLP) enables all members of the University to integrate good ICT practice into their work, and in doing so we take account of the diversity of learning styles, expectations and previous skill levels that exist. The small team of experienced teachers, event organisers and administrators have the following responsibilities:
- Delivering an open programme of IT related courses that benefit all members of the University.
- Providing closed courses for specific University groups.
- Organising courses delivered by external experts, both as part of our open programme and as closed courses.
- Supporting services offered by OUCS to the rest of the University by way of short, specially developed courses.
- Promoting the use of technology in teaching and learning by dissemination of best practice.
- Providing post-course support to course participants.
- Sharing our experience of teaching room design and provisioning with other departments around the University.
- Organising and hosting learning events in our fully equipped training rooms for local, national and international audiences.
During the course of the year 2011-12 we presented 562 open sessions (1589 teaching hours, 3809 distinct individuals) covering 199 topics, and 55 closed sessions (217 teaching hours, 749 distinct individuals) covering 52 topics.
The figures below show the demand by individuals for the areas of the programme broken down by course category and organisational area.
Breakdown of course demand by course category and organisational area
|Communication & Collaboration
|Pre/Post course support
MPLS = Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Med Sci. = Medical Sciences; Social Sci. = Social Sciences; Acad. Serv. = Academic Services; Cont. Edu. = Continuing Education; UAS = University Administration.
We try to ensure that we address the IT learning needs of all members of the University. The chart below shows the demand by role, together with the previous two year’s data for comparison: