This year two winners received awards for the category ‘Best Use of WebLearn to Support a Course or Programme of Study’.
Rev Dr James Robson, Wycliffe Hall, was awarded for his use of WebLearn to support students’ spiritual formation. The first tutor in Wycliffe Hall to investigate and experiment with the use of WebLearn for tutoring and supporting his students in their learning and formation, his students use WebLearn to sign up for tutorial sessions, submit their essays, work in groups and recieve customised announcements alerting them to relevant resources. As a result of Dr Robson’s pioneering work in WebLearn, several of his tutorial colleagues have set up their own WebLearn sites, and the college is planning to make a seismic shift to use Weblearn as their key teaching and administrative tool.
A Cross-departmental team: CPD Centre (Continuing Education) and Department of Primary Care (Medical Sciences Division) were awarded for implementing a comprehensive WebLearn environment for use across three related modular programmes in the Health Sciences. With staff in varying roles, the team has built capacity across multiple departments. heir systematic use of WebLearn has captured the flair and enthusiasm of individuals, while supporting them within a sustainable and efficient framework. Further enhancements are the use of the survey tool to provide rapid day-by-day student feedback on key questions during intensive 5-day modules, and improvement to the navigability and accessibility of resources through links to individual timetable sessions. The award was received on behalf of the team by Adrian Stokes and Matt Penfold.
Today OUCS will host the 10th Oxford University OxTALENT awards to celebrate creative use of technology for learning, teaching, impact and outreach.
Winners will walk up the red carpet to receive awards for:
- Best use of WebLearn to support a course or programme of study
- Best use of technology in learning spaces
- Best Research Poster
- Best Research Digital Image
- Student Podcasting
- Academic Podcasting
- Use of IT for Impact and Outreach
- Best Use of Student IT for Learning
Attendance at the event is by invitation only, however if you do not have a ticket to grace the red carpet you can see the winners announced on the OxTALENT 2011 event page or by following the tweets from @LTGOxford or the twitter tag #oxtalent2011.
The invitations are out, the champagne glasses are being unpacked and the red carpet unrolled.
We are delighted to announce our guest speakers who will join us to celebrate this year’s OxTALENT awards on 28th June 4-6pm at OUCS.
Last year’s winner of the academic podcasting prize, Dr Emma Smith of Hertford College will reflect on the ways in which her podcasts, accompanied by innovative ebooks, have taken ItunesU by storm this year, gaining increased reach and impact as well as feedback from fans all over the world.
Anthony Geffen, winner of this year’s BAFTA for ‘Specialist Factual’ and visiting fellow of St Cross College, will speak about his career in digital media, from student of Geography to CEO of Atlantic Productions.
ORIOLE (Open Resources: Influence on Learners and Educators) (http://orioleproject.blogspot.com ) would like to hear from educators that do. They have launched an online survey (access from website) and would appreciate your responses. The average time to complete the survey is 20 minutes and there is a charitable twist. Respondants are asked to select charities from a list with the most popular three each receiving £100. So please try the survey and, if you are interested in open content and open educational resources, watch that site and spread the word. The survey ends on 26 May results of the survey will be disseminated from July.
This week £4m for a Phase 3 JISC/HEA open education resource (OER) programme was announced (see http://www.jisc.ac.uk/oer for information appearing soon), so this work is particularly timely.
ORIOLE is funded from a HEA National Teaching Fellowship (Chris Pegler – firstname.lastname@example.org), and Chris would like to hear from other educators who are working in the area of use/reuse of online and open resources. The ‘Shop’ area of the ORIOLE site contains her reusable card game which you are welcome to download and repurpose.
As part of the make: strand of courses being offered by the IT Learning Programme at OUCS, and in conjunction with the annual OxTALENT awards, we are currently running two competitions.
**Research Digital Images**Do you have an image that you have created as part of your research? The image could be of fieldwork, an experiment, a sample, yourself engaged in your research, but it could equally well be an illustration that you have created. The images will be displayed at the University’s annual OxTALENT award ceremony.
**Conference Posters** If you have created a poster about your research for a conference, why not submit it to our poster competition? The top posters, as judged by an OUCS panel, will be printed and displayed at the University’s annual OxTALENT award ceremony.
The closing date for entries for both competitions is 6th May 2011.
The entry form for the 2011 ALT Learning Technologist of the Year Award is now available. Are you a star?
The closing date for entries is 26 May 2011.
The inaugural Digital Media User Group event was held on a March Wednesday evening at OUCS and a full Isis lecture theatre enjoyed 3 very different talks.
Alison Kahn showcased her work with the Pitt Rivers Museum working with archive anthropological footage taken early last century, and mapping that footage to objects in the museum. Using high resolution still photography, the objects are captured to archive standard and the film can be tailored to multiple audiences and purposes – from TV documentary purposes to specialist teaching support. The end results were captivating and showed the objects in high enough resolution to be useful as graphical study aides
Maarten Roos showcased some of the work he has done in supporting and promoting the work of numerous Science based projects using the skills he has developed as a serious filmmaker. His work with the VIRTIS space instrument is worth a closer look. To join the group contact: email@example.com
Championed by Rowan Wilson a project created by OUCS has won a £20,000 prize from the Intellectual Property Office, part of the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills. The Fast Forward competition asked Higher Education and Research institutions to come up with ideas would improve the management of intellectual property and knowledge exchange. Project Hagen is building a web application that advises knowledge transfer professionals on exploitation models and licence choice around open content and open source software. The project has grown out of the work of OSS Watch, the JISC-funded open source software advisory service and Ripple, a JISC project to help the release of open educational resources.