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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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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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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A hackfest to open up encoded texts

Freely available, yet difficult to access In January 2015, over 25,000 texts from the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) were made freely available as open data under a Creative Commons (CC 0) licence. This unique corpus represents … Continue reading

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‘Digital Sketchbooks’: using iPads to support school visits to the Ashmolean Museum

A messy problem for Art and Design students Art and Design remains an integral part of the secondary curriculum, and many schools visit local galleries and museums to provide their students with inspiration. Indeed, the Education Department at the Ashmolean Museum … Continue reading

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Opening up medieval literature through blogging

‘Taketh the fruyt, and lat the chaf be stille’: the challenge of teaching Middle English poetics to a varied audience Dr Jenni Nuttall set up her research and teaching blog, stylisticienne.com, on WordPress in January 2014. She was motivated by a … Continue reading

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Bringing New Life to an Old Language with a Smart Board

Ancient languages; modern methods The traditional method of teaching ancient languages such as Hebrew is drilling in grammar and vocabulary, working deductively from a textbook. In this world, audio-visual innovation is presenting the grammar using PowerPoint! It is perhaps unsurprising … 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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