idle time

A desktop computer and monitor will consume about 920 kWh of electricity if left on all year, but only 198 kWh if switched off at the end of each working day (switched off overnight, at weekends and holidays). This equates … Continue reading

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Why opt for an Open Source VLE?

In 2005 Dr Stuart Lee wrote an interesting article on this topic entitled Finally a free lunch: the benefits of an open source VLE/LMS; even though he wrote about Bodington, (which is the software underpinning the original WebLearn,) most of … Continue reading

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Inclusive practice

This week Techdis have mailed out to all HEIs a new Senior Manager Briefing resulting from 18 months’ research under the Technology Change for Inclusion project: “12 Steps towards Embedding Inclusive Practice with Technology as a Whole Institution Culture”. I … Continue reading

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e-learning support at Oxford

e-learning support at Oxford is co-ordinated between a number of different units. Learning Technologies Group (LTG) – As part of central OUCS providing a suite of online tools for academic staff to use in teaching and learning with their students. … Continue reading

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Keeping IT Clean

Energy and the networked computing environment Friday 22nd May 2009 at the Saïd Business School, Oxford University. In March 2008, the University of Oxford hosted the ‘Towards Low Carbon ICT’ conference to stimulate discussion on the practical measures that can … Continue reading

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University Challenge

Our collegue David White, co-manager of technology-assisted lifelong learning at Oxford University, says there is a huge shift happening in universities, which has big implications for the role of lecturers and students. “…. students will need to be schooled in … Continue reading

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Angel's share

Blackboard continue to merge with other VLE companies. Blackboard say about their merger with ANGEL Learning: “Why put these two organizations together? This combination was about getting better. At Blackboard we’re always trying to improve, both by focusing internally within … Continue reading

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Diaspora

OpenLearn Scotland My interest in open learning materials and in the ten year anniversary of our first MSPs  gave me occasion to check out the materials Open University Scotland have brought together to support 2009 Homecoming. OpenLearn Scotland is also … Continue reading

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ox-casting

Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes Special Interest Group 7 May, Glasgow Caledonian University Key speakers: Peter Robinson (LTG, University of Oxford) and Joe McGuire (University of Glasgow). Full programme

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Pol-casting

Delighted to read in the THES this week that Simon Lightfoot from Leeds won the Political Studies Association’s Bernard Crick Prize for Outstanding Teaching. Hear all about his podcasting project.

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