best laid plans o’ mice

In the Oxford magazine No 331 Tim Horder comments on the absence of MOOCs from the University’s  Draft Strategic Plan. Moments like these cause me to look back at strategic plans I have written. I didn’t write one for LTG … Continue reading

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Massive Online Open Courses

Open Education: “…is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Worldwide Web in particular provide an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge.” Open … Continue reading

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whither OER at Oxford?

The new year brings good news.   I am delighted that we have secured funding from the John Fell fund to work with  researchers in Dept of Education to  enhance our understanding of the ways academics use open educational resources … Continue reading

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“One last thing”

 I have been participating in Oxford’s ’23things for research’  as part of Social Media Michaelmas .  Thing no. 23 is to reflect upon what you have learned from doing 23 things. The experience of following the 23things course has been exhausting, with several new … Continue reading

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corporeal friends are spiritual enemies

 This is the quote chosen for 4th October in The William Blake Calendar (1913).  This collection promises a Blake quote for everyday of the year. 4th October is National Poetry Day. If you would like poetry OER, you know where to … Continue reading

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free time

 You would need to set aside 85 days to listen to all of Oxford’s free podcasts on ItunesU.  Listening to the podcasts from Open University, in comparison, would take you only 22 days. Before you invested such a significant amount … 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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staff perceptions of how things may change

Most of our staff interviewees felt that the fundamentals of teaching and learning at Oxford will change little over the next few years. ‘No matter what the technologies are, people who are reading left to right are probably going to … Continue reading

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content curator

During December I had the very pleasant task of curating a collection of Oxford OER. To sit behind each door of the OUCS OpenAdvent calendar I chose  items from our several collections of unique content hosted at OUCS.  Content which spoke about giving, family,community, ethics and … Continue reading

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working in the media

2011 was another very good year for LTG media production. MPU  filmed and edited with 21 departments, 12 colleges, the museums and the libraries. We covered VIP visits including Michelle Obama and Ban Ki Moon. We video conferenced to over … Continue reading

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