The teams in Academic IT services support academic colleagues in the use of IT in learning and teaching. We provide training, advice and guidance to members of the University in making use of the tools in the virtual learning environment and with regard to planning and evaluating the use of technology.
The University is committed to a teaching and learning strategy which includes within relevant disciplinary contexts students engagement with learning material and appropriate mixture of face-to-face interaction, and enhanced contact with a wider distributed learning environment through relevant technologies. We promote and support the use of C&IT in teaching at Oxford via our user communities, websites, news publications, workshops and events. Members of the university use a wide range of self-generated teaching materials to support exceptional teaching, including teaching notes, hand-outs, audio, images, animations, multimedia materials and others.
We offer University staff and students training in IT literacy skills and how to effectively use online tools and classroom technology in research-led teaching. Support is given for podcasting, multimedia capture and display of material.
We provide and develop a central virtual learning environment and educational media services or the University, tailored to the needs of students and staff. Our staff carry out research into the latest developments in the use of C&IT in traditional university teaching and learning. We feed the outputs of this research into our practice and provision.
2.3 Academic IT Services colleagues work with divisions and departments to ensure that elearning is considered in any relevant decisions and discussions regarding teaching and learning within the university.
2.4 Academic IT Services colleagues will represent Oxford University on relevant national and international bodies where appropriate and will recommend to staff any conferences that may be of interest.
2.8 AcademicIT Services colleagues support users of e-learning tools through responses to individual queries wherever possible, or by reference to training courses or material. In addition user meetings are arranged to gather user requirements and disseminate details of new features
2.9 We are happy to give individual advice and support on use of local learning technologies. AcademicIT Services does not have the staff resources regularly to attend academic colleagues in their own colleges or departments however such visits to can be arranged on a case-by-case basis where necessary.
2.10 Academic IT Services colleagues have expertise in learning technologist recruitment and appraisal and will provide support and assistance to colleges and departments in recruiting learning technologists including acting as part of a recruitment panel, assisting with appraisals, or providing other IT Services staff for these services.
2.11 Academic IT Services colleagues provide a central source of information about training, funding and events relevant to academics using learning technology and provides regular email, social media and blog updates to subscribers to disseminate good practice from relevant case studies when appropriate
2.15 Academic IT Services colleagues attend relevant induction seminars so that members of the University are aware of the services available from IT Services and of strategic elearning issues in the collegiate University.
2.20 Web based materials are tested on a variety of user agents, platforms and browsers and are produced in line with the IT Services accessibility statement and University of Oxford web accessibility guidelines.
3.4 Whenever a tailor-made course is delivered by Academic IT Services teachers in department or college owned teaching facilities, it is department or college responsibility to provide agreed software, technical facilities and support.
3.5 Where users have benefitted from significant advice help or support from Academic IT Services colleagues they may be asked to contribute case studies or examples to the website for dissemination of good practice.
3.6 Users of e-learning tools are responsible for the maintenance, content creation, and resource creation of their ‘space’ and’ materials’ and adherence to any relevant legislation regarding content, including accessibility and copyright.
4.1 Members of Academic IT Services are available on request to make presentations to course teams and programme groups in support of programme redesign or a co-ordinated departmental approach to use of technology to support learning and teaching.