open politics

http://politicsinspires.org is operational and contributors from both Oxford and Cambridge are submitting posts. Content is particularly focussed on current political issues, e.g. the Tunisian uprising and the demonstrations in Egypt, and this focus on timeliness, as well as people, networks, … Continue reading

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Unlocking the Gates

I have just received my copy of Unlocking the Gates: How and Why Leading Universities Are Opening Up Access to Their Courses by Taylor Walsh for Ithaka S+R. Taylor was one of our invited speakers for the Beyond Borders conference in … Continue reading

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Copyright and e-learning: a guide for practitioners

An Oxford case study by Melissa Highton, Pete Robinson, Rowan Wilson (in ‘’Copyright and e-learning: a guide for practitioners” by Jane Secker (Facet:2010) This case study describes the approach University of Oxford has taken to licensing podcast ( audio and … Continue reading

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Open content literacy

Open content literacy is knowing when and why open content is needed, where to find and share it, and how to create, evaluate, and use it in an ethical manner. Open content literate staff are able to make informed choices … Continue reading

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oh, tell me the truth about love.

Romantic ideals, sexual attraction, platonic love, marriage  – can the secrets of love be revealed by Oxford researchers on Valentine’s day?  In this series of short talks on February 14th, Oxford academics  tackled the great questions on  ‘Love – and … Continue reading

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what’s wrong with open?

  From this week’s HEFCE review of JISC: JISC’s promotion of the open agenda (open access, open resources, open source and open standards) is more controversial. This area alone is addressed by 24 programmes, 119 projects and five services. A number … Continue reading

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digital literacy

 From this week’s HEFCE review of JISC: ICT systems include the human dimension: how the staff and students make use of them, and how institutions as a whole adopt them and evolve with their use. One of the underpinning needs … Continue reading

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rhetoric or reality?

Professor Tim Unwin, Royal Holloway University of London. Tuesday 15th of February 17:00 – 18:00, OUCS Sustainable Development, or development that balances economic, social, and environmental aspects, is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Information and Communication Technologies … Continue reading

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what’s mine is yours

Mostly I consider the great value of radio 4’s  Thought for the Day to be an impressive exercise  in shoe-horning a reference to Jesus into any given topic. This morning it was about OER: The rise of collaborative consumption. I was so … Continue reading

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reely dancin’

                January 2011– Burns Night Ceilidh The College ceilidh got off to a flying start with  the sound of bagpipes, a ceremonial ‘address’ of the mighty haggis and a recitation of poetry in … Continue reading

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