Learn at Work Day – 23 May

Thursday 23 May is Learning at Work Day!

“Learning at Work Day” is a national annual awareness campaign to promote and support workplace learning. This year’s theme is “Many Ways to Learn” and all University staff are invited to sample our many ways to learn from a range of face to face sessions, downloadable podcasts and on-line learning material.

There are over a dozen courses that you can book to attend on Thursday 23 May. Training providers across the University are coming together to offer these courses in one central venue – 13 Banbury Road. All classes are free to attend.

The line-up for the day includes:

Morning Sessions

Breakfast at IT Services

10 – 11.15 am

New members of Oxford University staff are warmly invited to join us for breakfast at IT Services, Banbury Road. Over croissants and coffee, we will introduce you to the many important services that are available to you for your work or research. There will also be a chance to chat to IT staff and other newcomers.

More information and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TBAA

LaW: CoreHR Reporting: A beginner’s guide

9.30 – 10.30 am

CoreHR is the University’s new HR Information System. This one hour session provides existing Core users with an introduction to running reports from CoreRecruitment and CorePersonnel.

More information and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW10

LaW: Learning styles – what type of learner are you?

10.30 – 11.30 am

Have you ever wondered why you prefer to learn something new by reading a manual, and a colleague prefers to attend a classroom training session? Have you ever attended a training course which you found confusing, yet other people around you had no difficulty learning the new concepts? This session introduces the theory of learning styles and you will work through an activity to assess your own learning style.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW1

LaW: Alternative approaches to learning

11.30 am – 12.30 pm

This session will demonstrate alternative approaches to learning using different technologies. We’ll look at technologies such as voice recognition software, mind mapping software, text-to-speech software, note taking equipment and anything else we can squeeze in.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW8

LaW: Understanding unconscious bias

11.30 am – 12.30 pm

In this taster session, you will have the opportunity to take a short on-line course on understanding unconscious bias and to discuss with a facilitator and other participants ways of minimising the impact of unconscious bias where you work.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW3

Lunchtime Sessions

LaW: Crisis communications

12.30 – 1.30 pm

A one-hour workshop led by Ruth Collier (Head of the Press and Information Office) and Susannah Wintersgill (Head of Internal Communications) about how to communicate effectively in a crisis. This session will cover two types of crisis: i) major incidents, such as a fire; and ii) reputation management. You will also have the opportunity to work on a communications exercise in small groups.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW6

LaW: Secure yourself: Safety online

12.45 – 1.45 pm

Sometimes the easiest way for a cyber-criminal to take control of your computer or steal your password (or money) is to simply ask you! Are you or the kids on Facebook? Do you use DropBox to synch your work? Have you received an email from your bank that looked so plausible you almost clicked a dodgy link or sent “them” some of your details? Is it difficult to remember all those passwords? Do you check your email on the train? Or shop online when relaxing in the coffee shop? Answer “yes” to any of these and you may be interested to know we can help you start to find the tools and techniques to protect yourself, your work and your family online.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW2

LaW: iPhoto – organising and displaying your photos

12.30 – 1.30 pm

iPhoto comes with every new mac and is Apple’s free photo management software. This one hour session will get you started and show you how to organise your photo collection, edit and share your photos.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW13

Afternoon Sessions

LaW: Computers – are they a pain in the neck?

2 – 2.30pm

Almost every member of staff has access to a work computer and for the majority computer use is now a significant part of their work. This session will consider the potential impact on a user’s health if their computer equipment is not set up and used appropriately. It will look at both good and bad practice and then go on to demonstrate the key elements for setting up a workstation correctly.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW5

LaW: Excel: Fundamentals

2 – 5 pm

In this introductory course you will learn how spreadsheets can be used for storing, organizing and manipulating data. With the skills you’ll learn on this course you’ll quickly be able to perform basic mathematical operations, sort data, create basic charts and use named cell ranges.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW11

LaW: Learning styles – what type of learner are you?

3 – 4 pm

Have you ever wondered why you prefer to learn something new by reading a manual, and a colleague prefers to attend a classroom training session? Have you ever attended a training course which you found confusing, yet other people around you had no difficulty learning the new concepts? This session introduces the theory of learning styles and you will work through an activity to assess your own learning style.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW1

LaW: Podcasting at Oxford FAQs

3 – 4.30 pm

Come and find out about podcasting at Oxford. We’ll provide an introduction to podcasting, latest news and information and there will be time to answer questions.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW14

LaW: Safety mythbusters

3 – 3.30 pm

“Health and Safety” is often incorrectly used as a convenient excuse to stop sensible activities from going ahead. It is actually about managing real, significant risks properly, not being risk averse or preventing progress. Although we are also familiar with the term ‘risk assessment’ it is often widely misunderstood and used as a reason to introduce ridiculous rules. This session will consider a few of the more silly “health and safety myths” and then go on to provide participants with a useful framework for undertaking sensible, proportionate risk assessments.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW4

LaW: WebLearn: An online space for learning and collaboration

3 – 4 pm

Do you ever need to work on a file at home and have to transfer it from your work computer or email it to yourself? Do you ever go to an event like a conference or training course, and find that you can’t access the files you brought on your memory stick? Do you wish you had your own personal file backup and storage space? Every member of Oxford University has their own personal ‘cloud’ in WebLearn. Come and learn how to use your ‘My Workspace’ and other WebLearn areas.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW12

LaW: Learning Online

4 – 5pm

Note this session will be at Rewley House not IT Services

This practical session will introduce Open Education and highlight a range of free Open Educational Resources (OER) from the University and other organisations. The session will also introduce the Department for Continuing Education’s online short course programme.

More details and booking at: http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TLW7

LaW: Learning and Work in Medieval England

5.45 – 6.45pm

Note this session will be at Rewley House not IT Services

Did Medieval people go on learning through their adult life? If so, what kind of things did they learn about, who taught them, and how was it done? The Department for Continuing Education invites you to explore these issues at a free public lecture, given by Dr Elizabeth Gemmill, as part of Learning at Work Day and National Adult Learners’ Week. Refreshments will be available prior to the lecture at 5.15pm.

More details and booking at: http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/alw

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