Not sure where to start in

Picture of a cartoon figure looking confusedThe IT Learning Centre has selected 50 Lynda courses that we think are particularly useful to members of Ox Uni. You can see this collection at and look for courses which have a format of ‘online’.

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Learn something new in a Lynda Lab!

You are probably already using (If not why not? It’s a huge FREE collection of high quality online courses), but it can sometimes be hard to find the space and the time to make full use of the courses and videos. Why not book some time away from your desk to come along to a distraction-free room where you can follow a course without interruptions? There will also be someone there whom you can ask for guidance and advice.

Lynda Labs run most weeks and you can come along for all or part of each 2 hour session. Just book ahead of time so that we know to expect you.

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Autumn IT course schedule – open for booking!

The schedule of IT classroom-based courses and workshops for Michaelmas term (Sept-Dec) is live and waiting for you to book!  Online courses are available instantly through the University’s subscription to – see the Lynda website for details.

A full list of courses can be found on the IT Learning Centre web pages or login (using your Oxford Single Sign On) to our course booking system and see what’s available. Tips on searching for a course can be found here.

We have courses covering a wide range of topics and this term we are launching a new series of programming courses, starting with VBA, JavaScript and PHP. These ‘Kick-off’ sessions are designed as a hands-on introduction to a programming language for non-programmers.

For more information or advice on which courses would be beneficial to you, email

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Lynda is two today!

Happy Birthday Two years ago today, Lynda arrived. While waiting for our classroom-based courses you can brush up your IT skills with free access to at

You can view our brochure in advance and you express an interest in a specific course.

Booking for our courses is planned to open on 18th September.

Also, many of our learning resources are available for free download through our IT Learning Centre Portfolio.

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Can you have too many Lynda courses?

There are over 6,000 courses available in – a high quality online library of video based courses that can be watched anytime, anywhere. As a member of the University, you have free access to these courses through your SSO account at One of the few ‘criticisms’ about is that there are so many courses it is hard to know where to start! To help with this, has introduced learning paths – collections of courses that lead you through gaining the skills you need. For example, there is a learning path called ‘I want to be a web designer’. In addition, the IT Learning Centre has selected around fifty courses that we think are particularly useful to the University. You can see this collection at and look for courses which have a format of ‘online’.

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A gallimaufry of IT skills resources

Dr Who - TardisWe have assembled a great gallimaufry* of tips, tricks and techniques that you can use to improve your IT skills.

Visit and explore our range of workbooks, practice exercises, video playlists and helpful articles by our experienced teachers. This summer could be just the opportunity you need to master a new skill or simply to get your documents in good order.

*A glorious, miscellaneous collection (no relation to that place where the Time Lords might live)

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Get your digital skills in shape with great learning opportunities from the IT Learning Centre

2 people using mobile devicesSpring into action with these self-study tools:

ITLC Portfolio

Did you know that you can download a wide range of free study materials from the ITLC Portfolio.  Visit the Portfolio and type your search terms into the search box and see what pops up!

All University members have free access to a vast online library of video-based courses at There are now over 5,000 courses on a range of topics, including IT, management and business skills as well as guidance on career development. The videos can be accessed anytime, anywhere (and you can even watch videos offline if you are travelling).

If you haven’t already signed up, visit our Lynda page and register using your Single Sign-On.

So why not hop into spring with renewed IT skills!

Happy Holidays


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Following on from our recent feedback survey, we are pleased to announce the winners of the Easter Egg prize draw. Congratulations to Rebecca Wildsmith, Enzo Liotti, Nicolas Moes and Saied Marham.

We will provide a summary of this feedback in May.

If you have any comments or questions about we would be pleased to receive them, so please contact us at


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An Easter Egg from We need your views…

It is now eighteen months since everyone in the University has had access to, if you are one of 8.000 people who have taken advantage of the huge collection of courses available we’d be  interested in how you make use of Lynda.  Please take forty seconds to complete our short questionnaire at


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Proud of your poster? Enter our competition!

OxTALENT is a prestigious event in the Oxford calendar when we recognise innovation and best practice in the use of technology in teaching, learning, outreach and research. To identify worthy projects and activities, OxTALENT hosts a series of competitions.

One of these is a POSTER COMPETITION.

If you and/or colleagues have created a poster about your research or project why not enter your poster into the competition? The entry criteria are light touch – essentially, the poster should have undergone some form of peer review, for example by submission to a conference, or as part of a taught course.

There is a prize (and kudos!) for the best poster.

Full details of the competition are at:

The closing date is April 28th

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