HEIR: A crowdsourcing approach to researching and tracking our changing landscapes

A treasure trove of images, but a lifetime of work In 2012 Dr Katharina Ulmschneider and Dr Sally Crawford of the Institute of Archaeology were conducting a scoping survey of the University’s humanities and social sciences archives when they came … Continue reading

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Expanding scholarship and facilitating outreach through collaborative translation

Translating the untranslated As part of her doctoral research, Fiona Whelan was faced with the challenge of translating a 2,840-line poem written in medieval Latin. Where passages proved particularly difficult, she enlisted others to help, and this sparked an idea. … Continue reading

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Border Criminologies: a multi-stranded online platform for research and outreach

Connecting an online community of researchers The study of migration control and criminal justice is a highly topical and growing field of academic research. To connect and engage with those involved in border control research and work, Professor Mary Bosworth … Continue reading

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Learning to write for non-specialists: the role of peer assessment

Training students to engage with the public Each year as part of the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) programme in Environmental Research, students are asked to write 500-word blog posts on scientific topics of their choice. This important assignment not only … Continue reading

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Virtual language classrooms enable staff and students to share resources and engage online

Looking for another way of working At the University’s Language Centre, tutors teach approximately 200 different language classes a year. In every class there are about 15 students, often with very different backgrounds, since any member of the University can … Continue reading

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Online learning hub helps staff coordinate free Latin course for schools

Creating a central learning space   The OxLAT programme makes it possible for students at Oxfordshire state schools where Latin isn’t taught to receive free tuition ab initio through to the GCSE examination. Students attend lessons each Saturday during school … Continue reading

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Reshaping an online course in response to students’ needs and preferences

A fresh start informed by students’ thinking In his new role as course director for the MSc in Teaching English Language in University Settings, Dr Heath Rose faced the challenge of creating an entire set of online modules from scratch. … Continue reading

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The Viral Outbreak iCase: realistic problem-solving in a virtual environment

A time for change Laboratory-based practicals provide medical students with essential hands-on experience in problem solving, but where safety is a consideration they may not be an option or they invariably get reduced to a meaningless ‘follow these instructions’ that … Continue reading

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Teaching with Replay: Lecture capture in the History of Art Department

Automated lecture capture is an evolving technology that allows students to review online what they have learnt in the lecture theatre or classroom and provides an archive of recordings for revision in preparation for exams. Access to the recordings is … Continue reading

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Flipping the mathematics classroom

The flipped classroom is a teaching technique that has gained worldwide currency during recent years. In a flipped approach, the information-transmission element of students’ learning is moved out of the classroom; instead, students view recorded lectures in their own study … Continue reading

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