Open educational resources from Oxford University are published with Creative Commons licences so you can download them, keep them, enjoy them, share them and use them in your own teaching or research. Each day of December until the 24th, we will post on this blog a link to a resource which has been published as part of one of our recent OER projects. These will include images, podcasts, opendata tools, agentbased models, ebooks and videos. Enjoy.
This advent collection was a celebration of Christmas giving in December 2011, it is now archived.
Thank you for your interest in our advent calendar. Thank you for the many messages, tweets and comments. As a special treat on the night before Christmas we offer a bumper selection of stocking fillers for fans of Shakespeare.
The Bodleian Shakespeare: A treasure lost… and regained Emma Smith reveals how Oxford University mobilised alumni support to bring Shakespeare’s First Folio back to the Bodleian library over 200 years after it was lost.
Approaching Shakespeare a 10 lecture series focusing on plays by Shakespeare, each accompanied by an e-book. Rather than providing overarching readings or interpretations, the series aims to show the variety of different ways we might understand Shakespeare, the kinds of evidence that might be used to strengthen our critical analysis, and, above all, the enjoyable and unavoidable fact that Shakespeare’s plays tend to generate our questions rather than answer them.
The entire First Folio of 36 plays from 1623, in their original spelling and orthography, presented in ePub format. The texts were originally prepared by Trevor Howard-Hill for use in his single colume concordances to Shakespeare (OUP, 1969f). They have since been reformatted to modern standards and carefully proofread by staff of Oxford University Press’ Shakespeare Department for use in the new “Old Spelling” Oxford Shakespeare, under the general editorship of Dr Stanley Wells.
And if by Christmas you have had your fill of Shakespeare, enjoy our Not Shakespeare series on Elizabethan and Jacobean popular theatre including ‘Arden of Faversham’ and ‘The Roaring Girl’. Blackly camp tragedies, cross-dressing and sexual choices. It’s all in there.
All free to use and re-use under Creative Commons licences from Oxford Podcasts.
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Lucky number 23
Why did Beckham chose the 23 shirt? What makes prime numbers special? Professor Marcus duSautoy sheds light on the so-called ‘masculine’ numbers, explains why prime numbers will help you survive, and opens our eyes to the fascinating world of mathematics.
Free audio podcast from Oxford Podcasts
In a galaxy far, far away an army of volunteers take a moment to discover new stars.
In ‘The Rise and Rise of Citizen Science’ Chris Lintott from the Department of Astrophysics gives a talk on the increasingly significant contributions members of the public are making to scientific research through websites such as Galaxy Zoo.
A free video podcast from Oxford Podcasts
(Image from OTA)
Learn to draw
Planning a new hobby for the new year? Learn to draw.
Stephen Farthing R.A. presents eight practical drawing classes using John Ruskin’s teaching collections to explain the basic principles of drawing. This series accompanies ‘The Elements of Drawing’, a searchable and browsable online version of the teaching collection and treasured catalogues assembled by John Ruskin for his Oxford drawing schools.
In celebration of first night of Channukah please enjoy this video podcast on ‘User-produced Hebrew Prayer Books and Shared Iconography’. In it Piet van Boxel looks at examples of these and explores the shared iconography between Christian and Jewish faiths, such as the unicorn.
Free from Oxford Podcasts.
Gifts from middle earth
‘Ofer middangeard monnum sended.’
This study pack was designed especially for anyone coming to the Anglo-Saxon language from an initial interest in J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. It is a short and very informal introduction to Anglo-Saxon, but for many people their first encounter with the ancient language is via Tolkien’s work.
Hopes for peace
Andrew Lee Butters reflects upon the prospects for peace in the Middle East.Did the western media (and everyone else) get it wrong while reporting the Arab Spring?
20 other free podcasts available for re-use in teaching and studying peace.
More OER materials related to the Arab Spring are available from PoliticsInspires.
(Image from the Great War Archive)
Does religion lead to tolerance or intolerance? As you decorate your home with treats, trees and Santas for Christmas, download and listen to Professor Harvey Whitehouse explaining ritual, community and ties that bind.
Free audio podcast from Oxford podcasts
(Image from The Great War Archive)
OUCS presents, presents and presentations
Some of our largest events and busiest training courses at Oxford University concern presentation skills. Presenting data, presenting research, presenting to camera, presenting complex ideas, telling your story.
Top professors use a range of presentation tools, whether floor-to-ceiling chalk-boards like Professor James Binney or complex graphs like Professor Myles Allen, it’s all about enthusiasm, planning and engaging your audience.
This image is from our annual OxTALENT student poster competition. If you print it off and bring it with you to OUCS courses reception, you will be given a free course book for our ‘Getting the message across’ course. Express interest in this course , it is open to all members of the University. You can also listen to OUCS colleagues in conversation with Garr Reynolds, author of Presentation Zen.