LTG Announce: Hilary Term 14 – Week 4

1. TESconnect – A new channel for reaching schools

2. The Unlocking Sources conference in Berlin

3. New Europeana 1914-1918 platform launched

4. Safer Internet Day summit about online harassment

5.  Security and privacy online: You are the target!

6. Digital images: ARTstor, Bridgeman Education and VADS for teaching and learning

7. Crowdsourcing: Community collections

8. Upcoming WebLearn courses

1.       TESconnect – A new channel for reaching schools

Academic IT services is offering a set of free teaching materials from Oxford University for school teachers via a portal hosted on the Times Educational Supplement website (also known as TESconnect). The portal contains more than 150 resources for Key Stages 2-5 from subjects including English, Science, Art and Design, History and Geography. The materials have been carefully selected by a former secondary school teacher and Oxford graduate, Sarah Wilkin, who has identified each of the resources as suitable for classroom use and created metadata to effectively frame the items for teachers. Many of the resources could be used as starter activities in the classroom to stimulate discussion or introduce a new unit. Alternatively, they could be set as a homework task to stretch gifted and talented students and in some cases, give them a taster of higher education study.

On Tuesday 28th January, Sarah Wilkin led a lunchtime talk whereby she explained her work on the project and offered guidance and information on how to share materials via TESconnect. The talk attracted an audience of outreach officers and academics from across the university; fruitful discussion ensued over how the project might develop further. To see the types of materials currently shared in the portal, please see Oxford’s TESconnect profile ( If you are have materials created for outreach for schools or short talks aimed at the general public and may be interested in this new publishing opportunity then please contact

2.       The Unlocking Sources conference in Berlin

Academics, curators, project staff, and the RunCoCo team gathered at the Unlocking Sources – The First World War online & Europeana Conference in Berlin at the end of January. The work of the RunCoCo team was high-lighted through a presentation by Kate Lindsay. Participants could also observe the Oxford Community Collection Model in action as the conference was held at the same time as a collection event where the general public was invited to add their stories and material to the Europeana 1914-1918 collection.  More details can be found at

3.       New Europeana 1914-1918 platform launched

Looking for interesting material related to the First World War? It is now possible to find archival material, digitised films, and private stories and objects in one place, the new Europeana 1914-1918 platform. The RunCoCo team at Academic IT have worked on the project to collect the user-generated material and build the joint website, and we are looking forward to the material being used and shared throughout the world. More details can be found at

 4.        Safer Internet Day summit about online harassment

11 February, 14:00-17:00

Dr Sara Perry, University of York

Can we build an action plan for the University to protect staff, academics and students from online harassment and abuse? Includes “How does your institution keep you safe?” by Dr Sara Perry, University of York, who was harassed online and has researched how academics are particularly vulnerable. Afternoon refreshments will be provided, and the summit will be followed by an informal drinks reception. For further information:

Booking your place while it is still open at

5.       Security and privacy online: You are the target!

11 February, 12:00-13:30 and 12 March, 12:30 -13:30

This is a brief overview of information security showing you some tips to protect yourself, your family and the University. Why is your personal information valuable? What are common ways that it might get into the wrong hands and the practical things you can do to reduce the risk of data theft. In this course we’ll discuss security considerations in email, web and social networking, consider how to secure your computer and will look briefly at some common scams including phishing. This is part of a series of one-hour sessions about staying safe and secure online. Further information:

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6.       Digital images: ARTstor, Bridgeman Education and VADS for teaching and learning

The course examines two major digital image collections subscribed to by the University – ARTstor and Bridgeman Education – and a third resource, free for educational use, VADS. All of these are geared to research and teaching in the humanities, history of science and medicine, and social sciences. Viewing, presenting and managing images are also covered.

Key topics

  • Access and registration
  • Collections’ content
  • Searching the collections
  • Saving searches and downloading images
  • Making presentations
  • Using the Offline Image Viewer

Wednesday 12 February 14:00-16:00

7.      Crowdsourcing Community collections 

This course introduces the Oxford Community Collection Model. The model combines online crowdsourcing with audience engagement activities to create a collection of stories and digital objects (images, audio, text, etc). It has been successfully used for projects such as the Great War Archive, Woruldhord, Europeana1914-1918 and Europeana1989. In the course, you will learn about the model and how to implement it for your community collection. You will get an opportunity to set up your own collection platform and discuss how to engage your community.

Friday 21 February 09:15-12:15

8.       Upcoming WebLearn courses

8.1 WebLearn Bytes: Site management and resources

Are you making best use of your site management tool, Site Info? What is the best way to make learning and organisational materials available to your site members? Come and experiment hands-on with the Site Info and Resources tools in order to set up and manage your WebLearn site. More information and booking at

8.2 WebLearn Bytes: Surveys

Did you know that the WebLearn Surveys tool is freely available and can be used to create surveys for course or lecturer evaluation, research purposes, or general data gathering? Surveys can be delivered to site participants, ad-hoc groups, or the general public, with or without requiring login, and data can be exported for further analysis. More information and booking at

8.3 WebLearn: Fundamentals

WebLearn is a web-based Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), which provides tools to support teaching and learning, assessment, collaboration, communication and sharing of resources. This course is at a basic level, aimed at users with little or no experience of the system. More information and booking at .

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