ACIT Newsletter – Week 5 #Sakai #research #courses #libraries

1. OxTALENT Update

2. Latest WebLearn Improvements

3. Online Research Database Service (ORDS) – New Filtering Feature and Training Course

4. WebLearn Courses Next Week

5. Upcoming ITLP Courses

6. Bodleian Libraries Workshops

1. OxTALENT Update

The OxTALENT competition committee is delighted to have received a very high number of entries this year, particularly in the ‘Innovative Teaching’ and ‘Outreach’ categories. This shows that digital technologies have entered the mainstream in two of the University’s strategic areas. Judging was completed on Wednesday 27th May, and we are now in the process of informing entrants of the outcome. Such is the calibre of the entries that many will be added to our collection of inspirational case studies in the innovative use of technology, even if they have not received the top awards.

2. Latest WebLearn Improvements

WebLearn was upgraded on 19th May 2015 to version 2.10-ox3.1. The improvements include:

  • Recovery of deleted sites: to recover a site that has deleted, choose ‘My Workspace > Worksite Setup’, click ‘Softly Deleted Sites’, and then select the sites that you would like to restore.
  • Site Members Tool: site participants with the ‘maintain’ role now see hidden site participants and email addresses by default.
  • Lessons Tool: students’ comments can now be marked (graded); pages from Resources (referenced via Content Links) now use the WebLearn style-sheet.
  • Contact Us Tool: long messages can now be sent.
  • Reading Lists: SOLO search can be used to locate items within Internet Explorer.

For more detailed information and other minor changes, see the detailed release notes at

If you have improvements to suggest, please let us know through the WebLearn User Voice feedback service:

3. Online Research Database Service (ORDS) – New Filtering Feature and Training Course

ORDS is a free service which allows Oxford researchers to create, edit, query, and share relational databases online. We’re pleased to announce that, after a recent update, the Online Research Database Service (ORDS) allows users to filter records. You can view and edit a specified subset of records from a table – a particular help if you’re working with large datasets.

The termly ORDS training course takes place on Monday 1st June 1st at 2pm. Come along for an introduction to the service and how it can help you in your research. To book a place, visit

You can find out more (and try it out for yourself) by visiting the ORDS website:

4. WebLearn Courses Next Week

4.1 WebLearn Surveys tool

Are you thinking of creating online surveys for course, lecturer/tutor evaluation or general data gathering purposes?    The free WebLearn surveys tool can help.   We run a WebLearn Surveys tool course on Monday 1st June at 14:00.  Book online at

4. 2 Overview for Local WebLearn Co-ordinators

If you’re a Local WebLearn co-ordinator in a department or college and are unsure what your responsibilities entail, then come along to a lunch-time session on Tuesday 2nd June at 12.30. You’ll find out about Administration sites, how to manage your unit’s WebLearn presence and how to support your WebLearn users.  The session will be held at IT Services’ Banbury Road site. Book online at

5. Upcoming ITLP Courses

Web publishing: An introduction to CSS
Monday 1st June 9:15-12:15

Make: Using Raspberry Pi’s for teaching in schools in Rural India
Monday 1st June 12:30-13:30

Digital media: An introduction to podcasting for education
Monday 1st June 14:00-17:00

Digital images: Photoshop – further techniques (Mac)
Tuesday 2nd June 9:15-12:15

Make: 3D – The story of a map
Tuesday 2nd June 12:30-13:30

InDesign: Further techniques (Mac)
Tuesday 2nd June 14:00-17:00

Spreadsheets: An introduction to working with statistics
Tuesday 2nd June 14:00-17:00

Data Visualisation: Processing – What is it and what it can do for you
Thursday 4th June 12:30-13:30

Online Presence: Introductory workshop
Thursday 4th June 14:00-17:00

Modelling in 3-D: An introduction to Blender
Friday 5th June 09:15-12:15

Apple Mac: Test drive a Mac
Friday 5th June 09:15-10:15

Apple Mac: iPhoto – organising and displaying your photos
Friday 5th June 10:30-11:30

LaTeX: An introduction to document preparation
Friday 5th June 14:00-17:00

6. Bodleian Libraries Workshops

These will be held in various locations. For more information about any of these workshops, please contact

Bodleian iSkills: Mendeley for reference management

Tuesday 2nd June 9.30-12.15

Mendeley is a reference management package that helps you build libraries of references and then add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researchers, academics and undergraduates wishing to use reference management software.

Presenters: Oliver Bridle, Sophia Staves

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills: Research impact – citation analysis tools

Wednesday 3rd June 10.30-12.00

An introduction to citation tracking and bibliometrics for calculating research impact. During the workshop we will introduce a range of ‘impact factor’ tools to find top journals and conferences, count citations and measure the impact of publications and researchers. The workshops will cover the Journal Citation Reports, SCImago Journal Rank, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, Essential Science Indicators, ORCID, h-index and more.

Who is this session for? Researchers, Academics, Research Support Staff and Research Postgraduates, especially in Sciences and Social Sciences.

Presenters: Karine Barker, Juliet Ralph and Karen Langdon

Venue: Radcliffe Science Library, Parks Road

RefWorks for Humanities

Wednesday 3rd June 14.00-17.00

RefWorks is an online tool which allows you to manage your citations/references, insert them into your work as footnotes or intext citations, automatically generate bibliographies and easily switch between citation styles. This introduction is open to all, but the section on importing references will focus on Humanities examples.

Who is this session for? Postgraduates, researcher

Presenters: Bethan Jenkins, Helen Maththews, Angela Carritt

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills: E-books

Friday 5th June 9.15-10.30

The Bodleian Libraries has over 624,000 e-books, with titles in all subject areas, but do you feel confident in finding and using them? This workshop will cover finding e-books and how to use and manipulate them.

Presenters: Hilla Wait, Kat Steiner, Ian Chilvers

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Bodleian iSkills: E-book Readers

Friday 5th June 10.45-12.15

Reading on e-book readers such as Kindle or Nook and using apps for iPad and Android devices is increasingly popular, but how useful are these devices for academic work? This workshop will look at a range of devices and apps on the market and will cover key features to look out for when considering purchase. The workshop will also include an opportunity to try out a range of devices.

Presenters: Hilla Wait, Kat Steiner, Ian Chilvers

Venue: IT Services, 13 Banbury Road

Science: Patent Information

Friday 5th June 9.20-11.00

An introduction to identifying, gathering, evaluating and managing patent information as part of your research

Presenter: Ljilja Ristic

Venue: RSL Training Room

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