blending over backwards

Happy New Year. I was in some meetings this week where the phrase ‘blended learning’ was used more than once, although always in  a sentence  with ‘where appropriate’ .  Appropriateness is good. Appropriate allows considerable leeway for institutions to identify … Continue reading

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pithy

On 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 … Continue reading

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slide lines

On Friday I’ll be speaking in Edinburgh at the Oxford University Society about the challenges facing HE in the digital age. On Monday I’m at NUS Scotland talking about MOOCs and cultural imperialism. If you miss me, I’ll be back … Continue reading

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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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near and far

“Since the University’s core functions of teaching and research are both, in essence, information-based activities, it is reasonable to assume that effective and innovative use of IT is of strategic importance to the University. The impact goes beyond the obvious one … Continue reading

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first years

Today I have the very enjoyable task of reading the annual reports from each of the Academic IT  teams before they go forward for inclusion in the IT Services first annual report. Last week we had our  staff awayday marking … Continue reading

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return to SENDA

I have been asked to describe the co-ordinated support which IT Services offers to students with disabilities. Here are some points below. These services are of course open to all, and apply equally to anyone tired of walking all round … Continue reading

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Ada Lovelace Day at Oxford

There is a piece in this week’s Times Higher about the challenges of engaging young women in computer science ‘How to switch on the IT girls‘, and another in the Guardian about the female IT brain drain. The article suggests that: “Women … 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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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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