Online short courses: moving weekly classes into the future

In the late 19th Century, the University of Oxford was one of the first HE institutions to promote adult learning and extend its educational offerings to the general public across the UK, though the Department for Continuing Education (OUDCE).  One … Continue reading

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The MPLS Online Maths Bridging Programme: supporting the academic transition to university

Extending and broadening the reach of a residential programme The MPLS (Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences) Division’s Bridging Programme arose from the need for incoming students in the physical sciences to have certain prerequisite knowledge in mathematics and in their … Continue reading

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Bridging the theory-practice divide using social networks

A need to bridge the theory-practice divide Dr. Corneliu Bjola is Associate Professor in Diplomatic Studies in the Department of International Development and teaches on its MSc programme in Global Governance and Diplomacy. An important component of the curriculum is … Continue reading

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The FreeSpeechDebate

Harnessing the Internet to Explore and Debate Free Speech The internet has transformed the conditions for both free speech and for debating free speech, as images, information and ideas – as well as people – move across frontiers. However, until recently there … Continue reading

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The eReadings Service from the Social Sciences Library

Origins of the eReadings Service A need was identified to provide a collection of online readings in one easy-to-access place for staff and students in the Social Sciences division, covering as much content as possible across prescribed curricula. The requirements … Continue reading

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The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) Blog

Advancing Understanding and Practice in Human Rights The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) was set up in 2012 by Professor Sandra Fredman from the Law Faculty with the aim of bringing together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from across the globe. … Continue reading

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Virtual Machines for a Forensics Course

The Challenge: An Instant Learning Environment Dr Gareth Digby is a visiting lecturer in the Department of Computer Science. He teaches Forensics, one of the courses in the part-time MSc programmes in Software Engineering and Software & Systems Security. These … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding then and now: saving Shakespeare’s First Folio ‘for the nation’ and sharing it with the world

Two public fund-raising campaigns around the Bodleian Library’s copy of the First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays, separated by a century, provide more than an intriguing historical parallel. They show how digital technologies have made it possible for people all over … Continue reading

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WikiNets: Organising and Sharing Your Research

Introduction WikiNets is the brainchild of William Zeng, a DPhil student in the Quantum Group in the Department of Computer Science, and a team of other graduate students: Erfan Soliman, Miriam Backens, and Brendan Fong at Oxford, and Daphne Erzer … Continue reading

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Streaming Lectures with WebEx

Introduction The Medical Sciences Division at Oxford has used lecture capture and videoconferencing technologies successfully for several years, both to stream lectures live and to record them for students to review later, for reinforcement or revision. As well as using … Continue reading

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