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Recommended external events.

Cetis Conference 2014: Building the Digital Institution

17 – 18 June, University of Bolton
This year’s conference focuses on the digital institution exploring how technology can support and develop every aspect of university and college life. The programme includes keynote presentations from Phil Richards, Chief Innovation Officer at Jisc and Audrey Watters, freelance technology and educational journalist and author of the Hack Education blog. The conference parallel sessions cover a wide range of current topics from open education to learning analytics, from ebooks to open knowledge, from system integration and accessibility to learning metadata.


Student forum about women in IT with Amazon Execs.

10.45-11.45 Monday 3rd March

Come along to a  student forum about women in IT  hosted by Teresa H. Carlson, VP Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services and Erika Erdos, Head of Public Sector Europe, Middle East and Africa with Amazon Web Services.

The objective of the event  is to give you a chance to:

  •  meet Teresa and Erika while they are at Oxford;
  •  talk about women in IT and the barriers they face;
  • discuss the diversity agenda that so much of the IT industry is struggling to address.

OERC conference room (room 278).  All welcome.

Teresa has more than 20 years’ experience as a business executive driving innovation and change and producing successful business results. A highly respected leader in the information technology field, Teresa’s customer focus has delivered exceptional value to her client while consistently exceeding her organization’s business goals. Erika  is a senior manager with wide industry experience (FMCG, Telco, IT) pursuing big challenges and ambitious goals, with a true passion for business development, and entrepreneurship.

OER, MOOCs and the promise of broadening access to education

Thursday 20th February 2014. 17:00-18.30
Venue: Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, 1 St Giles, Oxford, OX1 3JS. UK.

Please email your name and affiliation to if you are planning to attend.

A live stream will be available at

This seminar will focus on the use of ICTs for increasing access to educational opportunities for people who have been traditionally excluded from them, paying particular attention to the movement articulated around the so-called Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs).

New open practices: the implications of OER and MOOCs for traditional educational institution
Speaker: Professor Grainne Conole. Director of the Institute of Learning Innovation at the University of Leicester

At the heart of the Open Educational Resource (OER) movement is the vision that education is a fundamental human right and that educational resources should therefore be freely available. Promoted by organisations such as UNESCO and the Hewlett Foundation, there are now hundreds of OER repositories worldwide. In recent years we have seen the emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), which can be considered to be a structured mechanism for delivering OER, over a particular time period and through a structured learning pathway. The talk will highlight the key developments in OER and MOOC research. It will present a framework for benchmarking OER initiatives and developing a vision and roadmap for their future development, along with a new classification scheme for MOOCs.
Conceptualising interaction in MOOCs

Speaker: Dr Rebecca Eynon. Senior Reserch Fellow at the OII and Lecturer in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford
While there has been a lot of attention about the potential for MOOCs to transform higher education, far less empirical research has been conducted that explores the experiences and behaviours of learners in these online settings. A particular strength of MOOCs is the potential for thousands of learners to come together to learn.  Understanding who interacts, how they interact, and why is an important part of understanding how learning may occur. This presentation aims to highlight the different ways in which people communicate and interact with one another in MOOCs, and how these interactions are related to learner characteristics, experiences and outcomes through the in-depth mixed method analysis of one case study MOOC. The findings discussed are those emerging from an ongoing study funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. See for more details.

‘Academic Blogging: Political Analysis in the Digital Age’
On Tuesday 25 February, from 13:00 to 17:00, the Department of Politics and International Relations will be hosting an event on the subject of ‘Academic Blogging: Political Analysis in the Digital Age‘ in the Lecture Theatre of Manor Road Building
This event will feature prominent practitioners and commentators from the media and academia including: 
  • Andrew Sparrow, Editor of the Guardian’s Politics Live blog
  • Chris Bertram of the University of Bristol and long-term contributor to Crooked Timber
  • Kirsty Doole, UK Editor, Oxford University Press blog
  • William Dutton and Victoria Nash of the Oxford Internet Institute
  • David Levy of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
  • Rosemary Bechler, Editor of Open Democracy
  • Chris Gilson and Sierra Williams, Editors of LSE blogs
  • Representatives from Politics in Spires and Ballots and Bullets.
Blogging is becoming an increasingly important aspect of academic life – a way to increase academic output, reach new audiences and foster original debates. This event is an opportunity to learn about opportunities in the world of academic blogging, understand current trends, and gain insight and advice from the experts. 
Lunch from 12:30pm; drinks reception from 5pm. Pre-registration is essential (and free):
Mobile learning facilitated ICT teacher development : Making technology work for women and poverty reduction

Dr Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka 

Friday January 17th, 4.00 pm – Room G, Department of Education, 15 Norham Gardens

Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka is currently United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, and has had a distinguished career as an educator and politician. In this seminar, Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka will present findings from a research project investigating the use of mobile technologies for a variety of interrelated purposes: to support teachers in South Africa to establish collaborative networks and communities of practice, especially with regards to developing their wider uses of ICTs through the formation of peer networks, as well as supporting the learning of school students in relation to their own studies. This action research project was specifically concerned to explore ways of using technologies in South Africa to help alleviate the harmful effects of poverty in the long term, through enhancing educational opportunity. Dr Mlambo-Ngcuka will also cover in her presentation the larger issue of making technology work for women and development using examples of the work done by UN Women.