Open Spires – A new view of Oxford’s Open projects

We’ve made it easier to see Oxford’s Open Educational projects – they are now all clearly grouped together and linked from a new site with updated introductory videos and search options : http://openspires.it.ox.ac.uk/ A great variety of open projects are … Continue reading

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Making learning available for everyone 

The University of Oxford’s iTunes U site goes from strength to strength, making sure that learning has a real impact in society.The University of Oxford’s iTunes U site was launched in October 2008 and now, as it approaches its sixth … Continue reading

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OER International Case Study Published

Further to the recent post about Oxford’s OER International project funded by the HEA, you can now read the full case study. The purpose of Oxford OER International was to identify suitable elements of the University of Oxford’s existing OER … Continue reading

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Great Writers – taking stock

With a fast-paced 1 -year project it is easy to forget some of the interesting bits along the way. As we write our final report we have taken the opportunity to reflect on all aspects of the project and this … Continue reading

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Searching the Great Writers Library

‘Libraries are the wardrobes of literature, whence men, properly informed may bring forth something for ornament, much for curiosity, and more for use’ William Dyer Are you looking for a particular ebook or a lecture on a literature topic? Try … Continue reading

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Great Writers Going for Gold

When UK album sales reach 100,000 they are awarded a gold disc by the BPI. Using that as a benchmark, the Great Writers Inspire series of short talks have reached total downloads of 118,579 through iTunesU. We knew these inspirational … Continue reading

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Schools engagement

This Friday Cleo Hanaway, one of our Student Ambassadors on the Great Writers Inspire project, will be running a workshop with some sixth form students (year 12s) at a local school. This will be quite a test for writersinspire.org and … Continue reading

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Jumping for Joyce

Next week one of the Great Writers Inspire Student Ambassadors, Cleo Hanaway, will be attending the XXIII International James Joyce Symposium in Dublin.  Cleo will be chairing a session on ‘Joyce, Impact and Public Engagement’ and will be sharing her … Continue reading

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The Main Event : tracking reuse using Google Analytics

On our Great Writers Inspire site pages, say an introduction to modernist poet Ezra Pound, there are a lot of possibilities for re-use. We have worked hard to maximize (and also simplify) OER reuse for any one coming to the site. However, much … Continue reading

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Use Case: Better automatic keyword metadata for OER discoverability in media production

University media services are traditionally skilled as content creators and trained in audio and video filming and editing, yet are increasingly being tasked to provide media for multiple online open delivery platforms which entail complex workflows, new production costs and … Continue reading

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