UBlend: helping students to keep up with what’s on

Using technology to help students make the most of their university experience Every day Oxford University buzzes with exciting and alluring events, ranging from talks by world leaders to topical debates and college balls. These can present excellent opportunities to … Continue reading

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Using an online medical resource to inspire science, art and creativity in schools

Historical slides provide an opportunity for outreach Professor Zoltán Molnár is a specialist in developmental neuroscience in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG). When he became the latest custodian of a box of teaching slides from the physiologist … 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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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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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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Taking the tablets: mobile support for learning, teaching and assessment in Medical Sciences

PULSE: Pop-Up Learning Space Experiment Following the recent explosion of mobile devices, there has been a growing interest in the use of mobile technologies to support teaching and learning. Such technologies also challenge traditional notions and boundaries of what we know as … Continue reading

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Making concepts in Biochemistry ‘click’ using technology in lectures

Using clickers to gauge students’ understanding Determining how much students are learning during a lecture is far from easy. This was the challenge faced by Dr Peter Judge, who teaches Thermodynamics to first-year undergraduates in the Biochemistry Department. Students consider the course … Continue reading

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Bodleian in Numbers: learning about Oxford’s libraries through engaging visualisations

Shedding new light on the complexities of the University libraries In March 2015, the Weston Library (previously the New Bodleian Library) opened to the general public. This exciting initiative was intended to open up rare works to greater access, in … 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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‘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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