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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.

SRHE Student Experience Network
Friday, 15 November 2013
 This event has been put together by the SRHE Student Experience Network and the Digital University Network, We will be exploring the role of technology on the student experience, with a focus on research that has engaged students and investigates their experiences11:00am Coffee and registration
11:30am Introduction
11:45am Jeremy Segrott, Cardiff University, ‘Connecting academic writers – the #Acwri Twitter group’.
12:30pm Lunch
1:30pm Melissa Highton, University of Oxford, ‘Researching the Digital Student Experience of Oxford University’
2:15pm Eve Stirling, University of Sheffield, ‘Stories from Facebook’
3:00pm Panel with questions from Twitter
3:30pm Tea and close

Looking for a course?

We provide learning technology courses to members of the University. Topics cover all aspects of information technology and its use in education. Our departmental and faculty inductions and seminars are tailored towards the needs of each discipline.

You can browse the IT Learning Programme course schedule either through our A-Z listing, or using the list of Upcoming courses. Our course calendar is available to download as a PDF document.

Our courses run throughout the academic year. Most courses consist of a series of short talks with demonstrations, followed by practical exercises.

Stata: An introduction to data access and management
Stata: Data manipulation and analysis
WebLearn: Fundamentals
Stata: Statistical, survey and graphical analyses
Databases: Concepts of database design
Project 2010: An introduction
Word: Managing your thesis
Excel: Fundamentals
EndNote: An introduction
Digital images: Photoshop - an introduction


LTG organise and run events which are open to members of the University and external guests. The events we run:

  • Support the uptake and use of technology in learning and teaching at University of Oxford;
  • Provide fora for the dissemination of funded and research projects;
  • Bring together networks of like minded developers and members of the learning technology community;
  • Showcase best practice or newest research in areas of learning technology;
  • Advance debate and discussion on relevant learning technology themes;

Archive of previous events.



The OxTALENT annual awards recognise members of the University who have made innovative use of IT in order to:

  • Foster learning and academic practice at either undergraduate or postgraduate level;
  • Develop more effective links between teaching and research; or
  • Improve impact through outreach and public engagement.

Awards can be given either to individuals or to groups, and there are awards for innovations by students as well as staff.

Awards ceremony: Wednesday 18th June

Apereo Open Academic Environment (OAE)

We are pleased to announce a special seminar about the Apereo Open Academic Environment (OAE) presented by our friends from CARET (Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies) at Cambridge University. The talk will take place in ISIS room, IT Services, Banbury Rd at 12.30 on Thursday April 3rd.

Please visit the following URL to reserve a space:

Apereo OAE, which has been developed by CARET along with Georgia Tech, Research Research and others, is a brand new platform that aims to support academic collaboration and academic networking. It is being developed by the same organisation that oversees the Sakai CLE project which of course is the software which underpins WebLearn.

The easiest way to explain OAE is by analogy: Universities have always had classrooms. But recently, many have invested heavily in new buildings with a mix of informal break-out areas designed to draw people together – faculty, students and administrators. This is the idea behind the OAE. It’s an informal collaborative online space that sits alongside the highly structured Learning Management Systems such as Sakai CLE designed to deliver courses to students.

OAE supports many types of collaborations, including research projects, ad-hoc student groups, committees, collaborative projects, etc. It’s a network of people, content and groups, where files, links and collaborative documents can easily be created and shared with other people and groups, whilst being able to provide feedback and participate in discussions.

MOOCs and Open Educational Resources

In his October Oration 2013 the Vice Chancellor mentioned that Oxford University was keeping a watching eye on the emerging global phenomenon of massive open online courses (MOOCs).

On Thursday 6 March, 14:00-15:00  Melissa Highton, Director of Academic IT will give an overview of MOOCs: What they are; why they may be of interest; how they relate to what we already do at Oxford and opportunities they offer with regard to openness.  This session will be of interest to teaching staff, librarians and postgraduates.

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