tools for researchers

In a couple of weeks I will be speaking at an SHRE event on researching the student digital experience. As my regular readers know, we have done a bit of that at Oxford. In preparation for my talk I am … Continue reading

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free range students

Students roam freely around our city searching for and finding the tastiest and most nutritious morsels of learning. They enjoy the sunshine, exercise their minds and stretch their wings.  They forage amongst the richest collections and listen to organic music.  … Continue reading

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what women really want

According to our survey of 2012 freshers,  students rate ‘Wi-fi access everywhere’  as their top priority.  Access to online handouts after lectures came second.  Access to online handouts before lectures was third. Students were asked to think ahead to their … Continue reading

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due to popular demand

When we asked students about their experience of Oxford, time and again the Oxford Talks website was lauded as a very useful service, and users supported its continued development. Even those who did not know of Oxford Talks articulated a … Continue reading

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to flip a classroom must it first have flopped?

Last week I attended a couple of events outside Oxford at which the phrase ‘flipped classroom’ was used so often as to warrant its  happy inclusion in any ‘buzzword bingo’  icebreaker you might be preparing this season.  Along with  ‘MOOC’ … Continue reading

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how students use weblearn

Following the DIGE project the team have done more research with students to investigate their use of WebLearn.  At peak times WebLearn gets 16,000 logins per day. The majority of the students in the sample use WebLearn mainly for accessing … Continue reading

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must try harder

When the principle of subsidiarity is so enshrined in the university it is hard to offer any kind of consistency of experience. Applications and websites provided by the University of Oxford, the SOLO library website and the course or departmental … 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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my phone

The majority of students in the DIGE focus groups ranked mobile phones among the ‘essential’ tools in their lives, and several owned a smartphone. Students reported that they used smartphones in a variety of ways and that smartphones were central … 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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