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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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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Mapping uncharted territory requires creative new uses of technology

Overcoming resource constraints with online mapping tools An important part of most Oxford degrees, both undergraduate and postgraduate, is the opportunity to carry out individual, original research. Yet students are often constrained by the (limited) resources available to them. For … Continue reading

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Lifelines: a visual solution to sharing research with diverse audiences

A communications mismatch Funding bodies such as the ESRC enable researchers to explore issues of global concern, and public and policy interest. Yet it is suggested by some that there is a mismatch between the primary medium for communicating research … Continue reading

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Openpop.org: a collaborative blog on global population issues

Meeting a need for clear and accessible reporting of population research From an academic’s perspective, the topic of population change is somewhat prone to popular misconception. The media representation of issues such as immigration, birth rates and population ageing can … Continue reading

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Migration Observatory project explores how the public makes sense of visualisations

The challenge of understanding user’ experience In a world where more and more data is becoming open, the general public is increasingly exposed to visualisations of information. However, despite their popularity, it is unclear how such visualisations are received: are … Continue reading

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The Library Assistant: using technology to support library inductions

Oxford’s library system: a labyrinth? Oxford’s complex library system can be confusing for new students. Undergraduates and postgraduates often need to get to grips with up to five libraries covering their subject area, including their college library and several of … Continue reading

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Adapting Lectures on the Fly with Real-Time Questioning

The challenge: eliciting students’ misconceptions in a large class One of the biggest challenges faced by lecturers is gauging the effectiveness of their lectures and gathering students’ feelings about the content and difficulty. Professor Sophocles Mavroeidis of University College, a … 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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