Make 2015 – Welcome to our series of talks about creative uses of technology

make: is a series of lunch time talks that showcases the creative use of IT in teaching, learning, research and public engagement. The talks are free and held over lunchtime in Trinity term at 13 Banbury Road.

The series is now in its sixth year, and as in previous years we have a wide range of topics. The full list can be found in Oxford Talks and you will soon be able to book through the IT Learning Programme’s course booking pages – the link below each talk description will let you go striaght to it so you can book.

Further details of the talks will appear in this blog as each one comes up, including a link to the webcast if there is one.

Here is a taster of what is coming up:

Make: Staircase 12: A digital extension to Univ’s regional schools work – Monday 27th April 2015

A look at how one college is using technology to work with schools and attract a wide range of talented new students

Staircase 12

Make: Text and computer-assisted research in Humanities – Tuesday 28th April 2015

As technology use takes centre stage in humanities research come and find out about cutting edge tools to support your research

Humanities Research

Make: 3D printing at the RSL: Adding a new dimension to research – Thursday 30th April 2015

3D printing is being used in a range of fields from aeronautical engineering to medical science – find out how you can explore and make use of this new approach in your own work

3D Printing

Make: Active essays with embedded computational artefacts – Wednesday 6th May 2015

In some fields such as chemistry the active essay is becoming a standard approach to sharing kowledge – this talks introduces a fresh way to approach sharing knowledge.

Active Essays

Make: Shoot better movies on your mobile – Thursday 7th May 2015

This talk is going to give you an edge in making the best use of smartphone technology to create compelling movies.


Make: Skills – A planning tool for researchers – Thursday 19th May 2015

If you agree that failing to plan is planning to fail then don’t miss this talk on getting research organised!


Make: Improve your digital music collection – Thursday 21st May 2015

Curating and managing creative digital media can be made easier with the right tools – come along and find out how to get more from your digital musical collection


Make: Using Raspberry Pis for teaching in schools in Rural India – Monday 1st June 2015

The Raspberry Pi is introducing a whole generation of coders to producing innovative products using low-cost technology. This talk is a fascinating glimpse into their use in the development of high level skills in the challenging environment of rural India.

Raspberry Pi

Make: 3D – The story of a map – Tuesday 2nd June 2015

Stories are at the heart of creativity and this talk demonstrates just how intriguing and powerful the stories are that can be told when new technologies such as 3D modelling are added to map data to attract and guide users around London and other cities.


Make: Finding rare animals in remote places: clouded leopards in the Himalayas – Tuesday 9th June 2015

Field work has a host of challenges and most of them were experienced in this fascinating study of a rare creature in a hostile environment using remote cameras.


Make: Blogs and blog posts – opportunities and academic impact – Monday 22nd June 2015

As a style of academic writing the blog can be very powerful and can introduce your work to a wider audience – but it is not easy to crack the blogging world and this talk will show you how to attract and build your audience.


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