Safer Internet Day 2014 at Oxford University

SID2014Logo-croppedFor Safer Internet Day 2014 a panel of experts will join together to discuss this year’s theme – “Let’s create a better Internet together”. The event is being organised by the University’s Information Security team and Academic IT Services. Discussion will focus on what responsibilities the University, its staff and students have in helping to create a better Internet, including:

  • Online presence (e.g. academic impact and online engagement)
  • Social Media (e.g. Twitter)
  • Creating, disseminating or accessing inappropriate content online
  • Content filtering by your Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Avoiding harassment and abuse online

How safe do you feel online?

Presentations will address the Oxford landscape and will include “How does your institution keep you safe?” by Dr Sara Perry, University of York, a scholar 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.

To book, free of charge:

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Research Skills Toolkit

—   Limited spaces, book your place now   —

teaching4IT Services and Bodleiean Libraries  offer a free hands-on workshop for research students introducing key tools, techniques and resources.
Topics covered in this 2 hour session include:

  • Reference management software
  • Literature searching and advanced search techniques
  • Keeping up to date with emerging research
  • Managing your thesis with Word
  • Analysing data with Excel pivot tables
  • Podcasting with Audacity and Weblearn
  • Free software for image manipulation
  • Measuring research impact
  • Your thesis, copyright and submitting to ORA

During the sessions you will also meet with subject specialists for help and guidance on further training.

These workshops are open to graduate researchers and take place in week 8 of Michaelmas and week 1 of Hilary Term.

Read more and book your place –

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Skills Toolkit

debateThe Research Skills Toolkit is a collaboration between the IT Learning Programme and the Bodleian Libraries. It offers postgraduate and post-doc researchers a range of transferable IT and Library Information skills and tools, that will support their research while at Oxford and in their future careers.

At each Toolkit workshop, post-grad researchers are given a series of hands-on tasks, to try out tools and resources that will be useful in their research and study. The emphasis is on an appealing encounter, rather than detailed training. A key feature of the Toolkit workshops is that expert advisors, who are themselves experienced practitioners, are on hand to discuss students’ questions and to recommend further courses and resources.

This year we held 16 workshops, in November 2012 and January 2013. 526 postgraduate students booked, of whom 377 attended (61% 1st year, 15% 2nd year; an 11% increase on last year). Each workshop was targeted at one of the academic Divisions or a subject area.

In feedback, students overwhelmingly appreciated the event and felt it was a good use of their time (96% of responses; 50% of participants responded).

A substantial website at supports the workshops, providing resources and advice on 120+ further tools and topics relevant to research and study. This website is an essential part of the Skills Toolkit, it is integrated into the live workshops, and it provides follow-up resources throughout the year.

The Toolkit website continues to prove popular with students – over 1800 distinct individuals have visited the site this year.

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A successful initative

teaching4Our initiative to involve Oxford University in the national celebrations of ‘Learning at Work ‘ day  2013 was a great success.

All the training providers across the University pulled together to contribute to a day of workshops at IT Services on Banbury Road.

Obviously, every day is ‘learning at work’ day at Oxford University, but  we know you are all very busy and it was fun to make this day a little bit special.

“Excellent initiative to have lots of short training sessions all on one day, so that you get a taster of things and won’t need to be away from the office for more than one day.”

“1 hour sessions are great! It’s good to be inspired to do more training.”

Thank you for being involved and for giving your comments and feedback.

We had more than 250 people through our doors on the day ( 23rd May) and many more visiting our online training materials.

97.3% of  you said the timing was  convenient and 100% said that if the event is run again you would participate  or recommend it  to a colleague.

We received lots of suggestions on what we might include next time, which we will circulate to the training providers.

“I like the learning at work events.  It was quite enjoyable. If something like this was offered again I would happily participate in more of the sessions.”

“I really enjoyed the course . I particularly liked the balance between lecture and hands-on experience. I also like that we had assistance to hand at all times should we have had questions or required help.”

“I enjoyed the session and would have attended more events if I’d had the time. Thank you for arranging the day.”

“It was a great session, really useful and made me focus on an area that I know I need to at our College. Both presenters were engaging and knowledgeable.”

“Both sessions I attended were well structured, interesting and a pleasure to participate in.”

If you would like to be inolved in organising a similar event next year, please let us know.

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Secure your Self: Safety online

PhishingThis lunchtime slot will be a rather whistle-stop tour of things that you should be thinking about as all our lives becomes more and more online.

Do you know who can get to your identity? Are you familiar with how security works on facebook, linkedin, twitter and other social media?  Do you know how to choose a good password (and remember it)?  Is it safe to use dropbox?  Do you know how to spot a phishing scam trying to get your bank details or Nexus login?

These things might all sounds daunting but they are all perfectly manageable if you take a few moments to step back and think about what you are doing online and to understand the risks so you can mitigate them.  Online life is an increasingly important part of today’s work and this session should leave you more confident and less worried about engaging confidently with the myriad online services now available to us all.

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Your personal WebLearn space

Oxford tools_dark_UKEvery member of Oxford University has their own personal ‘cloud’ in WebLearn, called ‘My Workspace’. You can enter your contact details, upload your photo into your profile, and make connections with other WebLearn users. You also have a personal file storage area (max 100 Mb) which you can use to back up files, access them from any other computer, or build a personal web page.


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A natural way to learn is from your colleagues. Each Trinity term the make: talks showcase the creativity of our colleagues from around the University. They are a talented bunch; this year we have everything from creating Film Noir using social media, through to managing your allotment virtually, to how to make your videos sexy, sticky and stimulating – all in the best possible taste of course!

For full details visit our courses catalogue at and search for ‘make:

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National Learning at Work Day

National Learning at Work Day is on May 23rd 2013. What will you learn?

Every year, the Campaign for Learning sets a theme for Learning at Work Day to highlight an important aspect or aspects of workplace learning and development. We then suggest ideas and approaches and produce downloadable graphics and promotional posters linked to the theme. As an organiser, you can use this theme or choose another theme if this works better for your particular context and objectives for the day.

This year’s theme is ‘Many Ways to Learn’.

It focuses on:

  • how learning and development can happen in various ways and the benefits to businesses and managers of maximising the opportunities for employees to learn by cultivating and supporting different types of learning at work
  • the benefits of supporting employees to become more self-directed and able to manage their own learning, so they recognise and value the range of ways they can learn at work, from classroom-based training to web research
  • the impact on employees’ motivation when they understand their own learning preferences and how they can develop their learning skills
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Tell us what you want

Due to very high demand for courses IT Services have developed an on-line repository of our course resources ITLP Portfolio and  enhanced our courses booking system to add better searching and sign up.

Using the ‘express interest in this course’ feature tells us which courses we should run again and ensures that you will be the amongst the first to know.

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Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School 2013

The Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School (DHOXSS) is an annual training event taking place this year on 8 – 12 July 2013 at the University of Oxford for researchers, project managers, research assistants, and students of Digital Humanities. DHOXSS delegates are introduced to a range of topics including the creation, management, analysis, modelling, visualization, or publication of digital data for the humanities. Each delegate follows one of our 5-day workshops and supplements this with guest lectures by experts in their fields. There are a limited number of bursaries available for University of Oxford DPhils and Early-Career Researchers.

There are a variety of evening events including a peer-reviewed poster session to give delegates a chance to demonstrate their work to the other delegates and speakers. The Thursday evening sees an elegant drinks reception and three-course banquet at the historic Queen’s College Oxford.

DHOXSS is a collaboration for Digital.Humanities@Oxford between the University of Oxford’s IT Services, the Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC), the Bodleian Libraries, and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities.

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