On the centenary of Britain’s entry into the First World War, the University has released a short video in which two distinguished historians – Professor Margaret MacMillan and Sir Hew Strachan – speak about the public’s understanding of the War and the role of academics in dispelling myths and misunderstandings.
Congratulations to our digital feathered friend from the University Museum of Natural History on reaching a big milestone in his?/her? social media activities! You can read all about @morethanadodo and how colleagues from the Museum maintained a lively outreach programme during the Museum’s year-long closure in one of our many case studies of innovative practice with digital technologies at the University.
A new advice paper, Online Learning at Research-Intensive Universities, has been published by the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Co-authored and edited by Professor Sally Mapstone, Oxford’s Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education, it states that research-intensive universities must both embrace and strongly influence the online future of education. Professor Mapstone comments: ‘Intelligent scenario planning, underpinned by a willingness to think radically where necessary, will be key to the future provision of a successful learning experience for the next generations of students.’ Regarding quality control, she adds: ‘Research-intensive universities should take the lead in defining standards and expectations for quality assurance in online education. Online offerings should always be subjected to the same rigorous evaluation as traditional course offerings.’
German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel talks about Europeana 1914-1918 and the importance of the remembrance of the First World War: “I am happy that many people participate and that history also becomes more comprehensible. … This is a great thing”.
JISC summer of innovation will fund student teams to develop novel ideas on how to use technology to improve student life. If an idea proves popular (achieves 250 votes from at least 10 institutions) they will consider it for funding. Here’s an idea from students at Oxford. Vote now.
Our Academic IT XML and TEI experts worked with Bodleian Libraries to develop digital texts of Shakespeare’s plays. Henry V is released today. The XML-encoded plays will allow readers to search across plays and within a character’s speeches, as well as broadening accessibility to diverse audiences including computer analysis.
The University suggests in its digital strategy that we should provide: “Training and skills for staff and students to broaden and deepen the capability of all members of the University to embrace digital.” The schedule for IT teaching in Trinity Term 2014 is now available.
The University has a new digital strategy out for consultation. The digital strategy is intended to answer the question: how should the University deliver its strategic plan in an environment that is increasingly digital? It provides a set of strategic aims and the broad outline of an implementation plan to meet those aims. It will provide a framework for activities across the collegiate University.
Public engagement and impact are increasingly important to many researchers and lecturers within the University. This Oxford guide will provide you with practical suggestions for using IT tools to help you achieve your goals in both of these areas.