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

Posted in OxTALENT Winner, Student Innovation | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Medical Sciences, OxTALENT Winner | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

‘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

Posted in Gardens, Libraries & Museums, Humanities, OxTALENT Winner | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Gardens, Libraries & Museums, OxTALENT Winner, Social Sciences | Tagged | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Social Sciences | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

The Copenhagen Field-class: ‘one-stop’ support through WebLearn

Introduction Dr Thomas Jellis, winner of the 2013 OxTALENT award for “Use of WebLearn to support a course or programme of study”, is a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and college lecturer at St. John’s … Continue reading

Posted in OxTALENT Winner, Social Sciences | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

A Digital Dodo? Building a Social Media Presence for the Museum of Natural History

Introduction The University’s Museum of Natural History houses entomological, geological, and zoological collections that are of major significance to research. They also provide the basis for a lively programme of public engagement, education, and outreach activities. The Museum has recently joined the … Continue reading

Posted in Gardens, Libraries & Museums, OxTALENT Winner | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Revision on the Go: the Neuroslice App

Introduction Medical students have an enormous volume of material to memorise about the human body, and during their clinical training they must fit their private study periods into the demanding schedules of their rotations. In this context mobile technology can … Continue reading

Posted in Medical Sciences, OxTALENT Winner, Student Innovation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Student Innovation: The LHSee App

Introduction See the video case study on Oxford Podcasts or the LTG YouTube Channel. As of May 2011 there are over 100 million activated Android devices worldwide, with numbers growing daily. Each individual user has access to a handheld computer with a … Continue reading

Posted in Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences, OxTALENT Winner, Student Innovation | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Assessment for learning: Using mobile polls in the classroom

Introduction The use of formative assessment to develop learners understanding of key concepts is an established practice and used by many academics within the University. Introducing audience response systems into the lecture design can bring further advantages to this process … Continue reading

Posted in Medical Sciences, OxTALENT Winner | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment