Tools for teaching and learning
LTG staff work with colleagues in Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning (TALL) the Department of Education and the Oxford Learning Institute (OLI) to disseminate information about the use of learning technology within the University.
We provide information on new technologies through the creation of reports and guides which are published on our website and provide a source of reference for users. The following guides may be useful to lecturers and tutors looking for suggestions on how to use technology in teaching.
- 'Copyright for e-learning' http://blogs.oucs.ox.ac.uk/melissa/2011/02/23/copyright-and-e-learning-a-guide-for-practitioners/. An Oxford case study for 'Copyright and e-learning: a guide for practitioners" by Jane Secker (Facet, 2010)
- IT: A Vital Component http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/publicity/leaflets-guides/impactguide.xml. A brief guide using our online technologies for impact, and public engagement.
- How to run Community Collections Online http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/generalpublications/2011/08/ContentClusteringAndSustainingDigitalResources. A chapter in the JISC publication 'Content Clustering and Sustaining Digital Resources. (Edwards and Highton, 2011)
- OER Impact http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/programmes/elearning/oer2/oerimpact.aspx. This study investigates the impact of Open Educational Resources (OER) use on teaching and learning. The report considers the use of OER from both an individual and institutional perspective looking at the benefits OER can offer as well as the associated issues and challenges. (Masterman, Manton, Wild & White, 2011)
- The experience of Oxford's taught Master's students in a digital age http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/teachingwithtechnology/ThemaExecutiveSummaryGeneral-1.pdf.. An executive summary paper from the JISC Learner Experiences of e-learning Programme. (Masterman, 2010)
- Online learning at Oxford http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/teachingwithtechnology/OLTF-Oxford-response.pdf. A response to the HEFCE Online Learning Task Force consultation. (Highton, 2010)
- Overview of e-learning support at Oxford http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/teachingwithtechnology/elearningbriefing.pdf. A briefing paper outlining how units at Oxford work together to support e-learning practice. (Highton and Lee, 2009)
- "Learning environment" - the context in which learning takes place http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/teachingwithtechnology/learningenvironment.pdf. An outline of how virtual and physical environments support learning, based on the framework of the cognitive apprenticeship model promoted by OLI. (Trevitt and Highton, 2009 for OLI Introduction to Academic Practice.)
- Systems for supporting group learning http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/teachingwithtechnology/CMC.pdf. The focus within this guide is on the use of asynchronous computer mediated communication (CMC) systems for supporting group learning. That is, systems that allow groups to interact over time as well as over geographical location. (Armitage, Lee, Groves, Stephens, 1999 for JTAP. Updated 2009)
- The Web as a teaching tool http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/teachingwithtechnology/webpages.pdf. The Web is one of the most accessible tools available for academics to use. It allows an easy means of publishing and is free to most people in higher education. This report focuses on the concept of giving the learner greater access to resources and thus more control of their learning experience. (Armitage, Lee, Groves, Stephens, 1999 for JTAP. Updated 2009)
- Encouraging participation in online groups http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/teachingwithtechnology/encouraging.pdf. Many teachers find that they open up an online discussion room in the VLE for their students but the students do not participate. Is this your experience? This guide includes some tips for encouraging and supporting participation. (Highton, 2006 for University of Leeds. Updated 2009)
- Checking a website for basic accessibility http://www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ltg/teachingwithtechnology/accessibility.pdf. If you are recommending websites to students as reading or research materials there are a few basic checks you can make to ensure that your students will be able to access the content even if they use older browsers from home or use assistive software to access and interpret electronic materials because of a specific disability. This guide covers simple ways to do basic checks. (Highton and Talbot, 2009)
- If You Build It, They Will Scan: Oxford University's Exploration of Community Collections http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/IfYouBuildItTheyWillScanOxford/174547. An article in Educause Quarterly giving background on Oxford University's exploration of community collections and how those can be used for learning and teaching. (Lee and Lindsay 2008)