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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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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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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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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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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Using a WebLearn Forum for Online Learning and Collaboration Among Medical Students

Diagnosing the problem: complexities of time and place The first year of the four year graduate-entry medical course (GEC) is challenging for both students and teaching faculty. The 30 students, some of whom are post-docs, have a wide range of … Continue reading

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Podules on Evolution: Using lecture capture to support self-directed learning

Quick, convenient and accessible: Lecture Capture has the potential to empower lecturers and improve the student learning experience by making recorded material available online for private viewing. At the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, Professor William James has developed … Continue reading

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The eReadings Service from the Social Sciences Library

Origins of the eReadings Service A need was identified to provide a collection of online readings in one easy-to-access place for staff and students in the Social Sciences division, covering as much content as possible across prescribed curricula. The requirements … Continue reading

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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

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