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johnson51-coa-0001-0On Friday I spoke to the Oxford Digital Media Users Group (DMUG) about the Future of Digital Media at Oxford.  The future is bright.

I went on a bit for about an hour, here’s the short version:

The University Strategic Plan: “The University will position itself so that it can engage speedily and effectively with digital initiatives generated by our staff, students, alumni, and those outside the University”.

The scale and rate of growth of our media collectionsAs we near the fifth anniversary of the launch of Oxford’s iTunesU site, we have seen 21.5 million downloads reaching a worldwide audience of 185 countries. Oxford on iTunesU includes more than 4,000 hours of material online from 4,780 academic colleagues.

The importance of lowering technical barriers and ensuring that colleagues in any part of the Collegiate University can easily publish materials to the channels the University offers: MediaPub is a cataloguing engine and RSS newsfeed generator for podcasts and ebooks from the University of Oxford.

The new channels being offered this year: TESconnect is the online portal for the Times Educational Supplement. The website quotes 9.5 million visits a month, over 22.7 million registered online users in over 276 countries and territories , it is the world’s largest online network of teachers.

The importance of metadata for discovery, curation and reuse: Better keywords improve the discoverability of open content.

The new tools offered to create curated playlists and collections across disciplines:  e.g for AdaLovelace Day we showcased women scientists drawn from our media collections.

The Gartner predictions for mashware, adaptive e-textbooks, e-textbooks and e-book readers: The increasing maturity of e-reading represents a mini-trend that is bringing education closer to an e-content tipping point.

The Gartner predictions for lecture capture and retrieval tools: These tools are considered to be on the slope of enlightenment and moving towards  towards the plateau of productivity in 2-5 years.  A good time to join on in.

Our students’ demand for lectures to watch after the event: Over 55%  of Freshers rated listening to (or watching) a recording of a lecture afterwards as important to them.

Sustainability and legacy issues: Our impact in terms of “scaling up” has been underpinned by investment in capacity building, infrastructure and the workflows that facilitate re-use.

The importance of collecting and disseminating case studies of use:  The LTG Case Studies Blog is an area to collect together case studies on the use of technology in teaching, learning and research from across the University of Oxford.

Students as producers:We have the tools to connect people, but these tools are only as impressive as the uses we put them to. One should never feel limited by resources. There are a wealth of free tools available to everyone and we are only limited by our creativity to find new and amazing ways to use them.”

Demand from Doctoral Training Centres for high quality media training : Increasingly, researchers are being called upon to make their work accessible to those outside their field. In practical terms, this means being able to make appropriate use of media and communication technology.

And ideas for future initiatives in sustaining crowdsourced collections (an issue for any college about to embark on a ‘time-capsule’ project);  social media mashup tools for graduands ( graduands should be able to enjoy tagging, sharing and editing their graduation memories); live streaming ( live broadcast of high profile events and conferences), integrated communications (for video calling and mobile learning),   and 3-D printing ( turning our physical learning objects into digital learning objects and then back in physical objects again).

Thank you to all those who came,  and especially those who stayed to ask questions.

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