unacceptable use

On Wednesday I ended my work day with a visit to Lady Margaret Hall  to hear Baroness Helena Kennedy speak* about 30 years of feminism and gender studies; how far we have come and what work remains to do. She … 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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chicken and egg

Our research with students in the DIGE project discovered that students find the layout and organisation of sites they use at Oxford to be inconsistent. Colleagues are free to use what ever tools they like in WebLearn and organise resources … Continue reading

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University engagement

 The  Ashmolean Museum is currently advertising the following post: Director of the University Engagement Programme. The post aims to increase the use of museum objects in teaching across the University and they’ve  got Mellon funding for it. It’s timely, I’d … Continue reading

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Beyond conference 2012

Plans are afoot for our annual learning technologies conference. Beyond Books: there and back again What does technology add to our use of research resources for teaching? Does it shift or facilitate links between teaching and research?  What new approaches … Continue reading

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it’s the way that you say it

During his keynote speech at LILAC 2012, Honorary Visiting Fellow of Kellogg College, Lord Puttnam focused on the importance of oratory in education. He suggested both that being articulate, speaking confidently and understanding rhetoric are key to one’s success, and … Continue reading

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the distaff side

This week I am attending LILAC 2012 in Glasgow. It’s a very nice conference to attend, with a fabulous dress-up gala dinner and practitioner awards. I am delighted to be presenting the Credo Reference Digital Award for Information Literacy.  The … Continue reading

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apple and i

When Apple approached a number of UK universities, including Oxford, to make materials freely available on iTunesU, Oxford’s Learning Technologies Group had already been doing podcasts for a number of years. However, Apple’s approach triggered an important step towards an … Continue reading

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Don’t call it OER. Call it Creative Commons.

Having been involved in OER projects for two years I can confidently say that no-one outside an OER project uses or understands that term. Use it when you are in the room with someone from JISC, but if you want … Continue reading

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crime and creativity

Regular readers of this blog, if there are any, will know of my enthusiasm for  The John Johnson Collection of Digitised Printed Ephemera.   In December we submitted a bid to JISC from LTG to work with ProQuest, the Bodleian Library … Continue reading

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