Open Toolkit

Last week we held another successful Skills Toolkit event here in the IT Learning Programme. This is where we give research students the opportunity to try out a collection of tools that they might find useful in their research and … Continue reading

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BETT 2012

I didn’t think BETT was as manic as in previous years, but I don’t usually go on the first day, so maybe it’s always like that. And Mr Gove was there to open it, so I’m sure he had a … Continue reading

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Sell your research

Well, maybe sell isn’t the right word. Publicise perhaps. So, how are you on the research Publicity Ps of Paper->Presentation->Poster->Podcast? Paper Well, it’s your research – can’t do that for you. However creating an academic document such as a thesis … Continue reading

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Taking the First Steps in Computing

With email, web sites, blogs, facebook, Twitter and all the other tools that are so ubiquitous in a student-oriented establishment, it is too easy to forget that there are some for whom even turning on a computer is a still … Continue reading

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Teaching with Free Software

Richard Stallman, pioneer of the CopyLeft and GNU General Public Licences for free software was in Oxford last Friday, and gave his usual thought provoking discourse on freedom in software. It isn’t for me to precis his ideas here; you … Continue reading

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Being Post-digital

So I’m driving home, and the voice on the radio is droning on as usual, when something makes me wake up and pay attention. “We are living,” he says with all the confidence of the BBC, “in a post-digital age”. … Continue reading

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make: together

The work of Laura Novo de Azevedo should be an encouragement to anyone who thinks that using technology in teaching is too difficult for them. Laura is a self-confessed ‘non-geek’ who has no computing background but who has successfully integrated … Continue reading

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Digital images – 7 common questions

Our Digital Media User Group (DMUG) is a forum for anyone in the University with an interest in multimedia. This term’s session covered two topics: the Bodleian Shelley’s Ghost exhibition and my own short talk on digital images. My background … Continue reading

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make: Google Earth

Flybys and time travel are both virtually possible using Google Earth. Prof. Donna Kurtz, Beazley Archivist here at Oxford, showed us how she has started to use the tool to teach post graduates classical art. Greg Parker, her IT Director, … Continue reading

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make: print

My colleagues will know that I am a little ambivalent about social media. I blog – a little. I Flickr – but only to friends and family. I’m passively LinkedIn and facebooked. But I’ve never Twittered or Skyped. I’ve always … Continue reading

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