assisting learners

Assistive devices were mentioned in the DIGE survey, as well as in the focus group for students with accessibility needs. Among the survey respondents, just under 4% of UGs, just over 2% of TPGs and just over 2% of RPGs … Continue reading

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what do I get?

In researching the DIGE report we found that students will compare provision across, and beyond, the University and that responsibility for the student digital experience extends beyond the remit of central IT services or UAS.  There is a clear need … Continue reading

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UNESCO OER Declaration 2012

 The World OER Congress held at UNESCO, Paris on 20-22 June 2012, while emphasizing that the term Open Educational Resources (OER) was coined at UNESCO’s 2002 Forum on Open Courseware and designates “teaching, learning and research materials in any medium, … Continue reading

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staff and professional development at Oxford

I presented recently at a SEDA conference about how the benefits for learning technologists in working as part of OER projects can be seen as continuing professional development (CPD) in their role. All our job descriptions include the phrase ‘enagage with … Continue reading

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online debates -tailor made

I was module leader for the Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at University of Leeds. To introduce academic colleagues to use of technology in teaching I designed an online task ( structured academic controversy) in the form … Continue reading

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Bodington VLE retires

After years of stalwart service Old WebLearn (aka Bodington) will be decommissioned at Oxford on the morning of 18 Sept 2012. Bodington was originally developed at University of Leeds by Jon Maber and Andrew (Aggie) Booth in 1995. It was … Continue reading

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a place in the sun

There is much talk about massive open online courses (MOOCs) at the moment and some discussion about whether the climate is right for such activity at Oxford. This course ‘Introduction to the science of climate and climate change’  is offered online … Continue reading

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work experience: interviewing ‘legends’

“I think [Creative Commons]  is a very good idea as many of the podcasts can be very good resources for teaching purposes. It’s great that ideas can be shared freely amongst people from different institutions all over the world.”  Ankita … Continue reading

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‘must have’ technologies

26% of  Oxford undergraduates (UGs)  and 25% of  taught post graduates (TPGs)  sampled named Facebook among  their  ‘top three’ digital technologies.  Students described  Facebook, Google+, and YouTube among the ‘important’ digital tools which they would find hard to do without. … Continue reading

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