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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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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‘A Mathematician’s Holiday’: an engaging podcast series for schools

Reaching out to schools on a larger scale Mathematics often has the reputation among secondary-school students of being irrelevant and removed from their day-to-day realities. Marcus’ Marvellous Mathemagicians is a group of maths students, junior research fellows and post-doctoral researchers at … 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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Online learning in Conservation Statistics: a wild success

Upskilling opportunities for conservationists in the field are rare Wildlife conservationists in the developing world are the keepers of biodiversity, yet they frequently lack access to training in research techniques to support their valuable work. Dr Lucy Tallents from the … 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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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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Innovative Doctoral Training: Reproducibility and Open Science

Introduction The Open Science Training Initiative (OSTI), is designed to address the problem of reproducibility in science. The programme, which is led by Sophie Kay of the Department of Computer Science, harnesses the principles and techniques of open science to … Continue reading

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Making departmental calendaring easier: WebLearn

Introduction Directing staff and students into the right place at the right time can be a challenge for any department, but for the Biological Sciences department this is a particularly difficult task. The department is responsible for the centralised teaching … Continue reading

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Improving Public Understanding of Science: Social Media and Digital Technologies

Marcus du Sautoy is the Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science and a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford. In his launch talk for engage: Social Media Michaelmas he talked about how he uses digital media to … Continue reading

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