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1. Announcing the OxTALENT Competition 2015

2. Digital Devices: Essential tools or an Unwanted Distraction? Online Survey of the Student Digital Experience

3. WebLearn: Recent Improvements and New Features

4.  Lecture Capture Pilot Project: “Replay”

5. WebLearn and Turnitin User Group Meetings

6. Lunchtime Courses Next Week

7. Upcoming WebLearn Courses

1. Announcing the OxTALENT Competition 2015

The OxTALENT Competition 2015 celebrates and rewards the innovative use of digital technology in teaching, learning, research, and outreach at the University of Oxford. If you have used technology in an exciting way, enthused students with your WebLearn site, or designed an eye-catching conference poster or visualisation, please visit the OxTALENT competition website (http://tinyurl.com/oxtalent2015) for details and an entry form.   Alternatively, if you have been impressed by a colleague’s use of technology and you think we should consider them for an award, please email the OxTALENT competition committee: competitions@it.ox.ac.uk.

The closing date for entries is Friday, 15th May.

2. Digital Devices: Essential tools or an Unwanted Distraction? Online Survey of the Student Digital Experience

The DIGE 2 project in IT Services is exploring how students use digital technologies in their learning, in order to improve the support provided by the University. We invite students at all levels to help us by sharing your experiences and thoughts through our online survey. You can access the survey at http://tinyurl.com/dige2student. It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete, and you have the option to enter a prize draw to win one of four £50 Amazon vouchers. Your responses will be stored anonymously and you will not be identifiable in the project reports.  So, whether or not digital technologies are essential to your survival as an Oxford student in the 21st century, DIGE 2 looks forward to hearing your views.

For further information, please contact liz.masterman@it.ox.ac.uk. We will be launching a parallel survey for academic staff next week.

DIGE 2 is actively supported by OUSU and has been approved by the University’s Central Ethics Committee.

3. WebLearn: recent improvements and new features

WebLearn was upgraded to Version 2.10-ox2.1 on 19 February 2015. Improvements and new features include:

  •  Surveys can now be transferred to a new owner.
  •  Lessons Tool: new Forum topics can now be created.
  •  Direct Tool link (Short URL) to a Lessons tool page is now present.
  •  Google Analytics support has now been added. We intend to use this to report on how WebLearn is being used.
  •  The ‘Contact Us’ tool email now includes the URL that the user was trying to visit. This is important when the user has been given an incorrect URL or is not a member of the site
  •  Sited which have been ‘softly’ deleted are now kept for 400 days. The Recycle Bin containing such sites is available in My Workspace > Worksite Setup.
  •  Deleted files in Resources are now kept for 400 days. The Recycle Bin containing the deleted file is available via a link at the top of the Resources tool

If you would like to suggest further improvements , please do so through the WebLearn User Voice feedback service.

For more information about the upgrade visit <http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/adamweblearn/2015/02/weblearn-upgraded-to-version-2-10-ox2-1-on-19-february-2015/>

4.  Lecture Capture Pilot Project: “Replay”

Educational Media Services is currently running a pilot project, called Replay, which is using Panopto lecture capture software to record lectures as a revision aid for Oxford students. We are seeking more departments and academics to join the pilot project during 2015. There will be no charge for participation.

Panopto is easy to use and unobtrusive. It can capture audio and slides, automatically synchronise them, and make them available via WebLearn to students on the course. Video recording using a webcam or network camera is also possible. Academics and/or local support staff can view and each recording through a simple online editor before releasing it to students.

The option to release the recordings to the general public via iTunes U can be discussed as a separate service.

Surveys suggest that Oxford students value recorded lectures as a study aid; they can also listen and concentrate during lectures, without having to take substantial notes. Research conducted in the HE sector more widely suggests that the availability of recorded lectures does not adversely affect student attendance at the face-to-face lecture.

To express an interest in becoming involved in the pilot project, please contact replay@it.ox.ac.uk. We also running a short overview session on Tuesday 3rd March at 12.30. To book, visit https://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TIMLC.  For further information about Panopto, visit www.panopto.com.

5. WebLearn and Turnitin User Group Meetings

WebLearn user group meeting
Wed 25 Mar 14:00-16:00, followed by cream tea
IT Services, 13 Banbury Rd
Booking (required): https://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVD

Come and meet with fellow WebLearn users and members of the WebLearn team to give feedback and share ideas and practices. Your views can help inform the ongoing development and support of the system.

Programme:

  •    Fawei Geng (WebLearn team): Introduction to the new Lessons tool
  •    Lucy Tallents (Department of Zoology): Using the Lessons tool to structure training in wildlife conservation research techniques
  •    Adam Marshall (WebLearn Service Manager): WebLearn system updates

Join the WebLearn User Group site: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/info/wlug for regular updates and access to audio recordings of previous presentations.

Turnitin user group meeting
Fri 27 Mar 2:00 – 4:00 pm, followed by refreshments
IT Services, 13 Banbury Road
Booking (required): http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TTEP

The meeting will be informal, focusing on questions and discussion about Turnitin practice around the University. Beforehand, we invite you to post your questions about plagiarism policy and practice in the Forums area of the Turnitin User Group site in WebLearn: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/info/plag/tiiug. You can also respond to questions posted by other people.

6. Lunchtime Courses Next Week

Do: Running committees with SharePoint
Mon 2 Mar 12:30-13:30
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TDO5

Sympa email lists:  Basic skills and common tasks for list owners and managers
Tue 3 Mar 12:30-13:30
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TEFL

Digital media: Lecture capture
Tue 3 Mar 12:30-13:30
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TIMLC

ISKILLS: Protecting your work – what you need to know about copyright
Wed 4 Mar 12:00-13:00
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TZD71

Things to do with data: Data Science as a Service
Wed 4 Mar 12:30-13:30
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/THAU

Data visualisation: Data Visualisation in XSLT and Javascript
Thu 5 Mar 12:30-13:30
http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TPJA5

7. Upcoming WebLearn Courses

WebLearn: Fundamentals
Mon 2 Mar 14:00 -17:00
https://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVB

The WebLearn VLE (virtual learning environment) provides tools to support teaching and learning, assessment, collaboration, communication and the sharing of resources. This course is at a basic level, aimed at users with little or no experience of the system. Watch a short video about WebLearn.

WebLearn: Design and content
Thu 5 March 9:15-12:15
https://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TOVP

You need to have attended the WebLearn Fundamentals course, and/or used WebLearn for some time. This course focuses the importance of design; screen design principles; designing and constructing WebLearn pages; and tools to display existing dynamic content within your WebLearn site.

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