8. News from the IT Learning Programme
The IT Learning Programme schedule for Trinity Term is online and open for booking at www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/ itlp/. This term as well as running our popular courses in Office, digital imaging, web publishing and statistics we have a number of new courses and a series of new lunchtime courses. Read on to find out more….
A 5-day workshop, run by the Oxford Academy of Documentary Film, aimed at preparing you to use digital film in your research or project. Each workshop provides a generic understanding of digital filmmaking. The workshops are taught by expert tutors who have made films professionally and for research purposes. There is a strong emphasis on practical film production techniques.
The Web presents a number of challenges to writers, not least ensuring that visitors can find the information they are looking for and that it’s easy to read. This one-day course, delivered by an external expert, concentrates on showing you, step-by-step, the process of writing material specifically for the Web.
In just one week you can learn the skills to present your research as a short video. We show you how to use a camera, structure the documentary and edit the video and audio. It’s easier than you think!
The Nexus team received over 4,000 responses to their survey on usage of the new groupware system, and many people are missing out on some of the fundamental concepts to improve productivity. We have therefore designed two new courses to address the issues raised: Nexus for Academia and Nexus for Admin, are available in Trinity term.
(in collaboration with the Oxford Learning Institute) This course allows you to reflect on how technology tools may contribute to the development of a rich, supportive learning and teaching environment, with some reference to the use of WebLearn as a VLE.
The Turnitin plagiarism detection service can be used for assessed essays and also for general formative purposes to improve student academic skills. You will have a chance to submit a sample document via the WebLearn Assignments tool which is integrated with the Turnitin system.
make: is an opportunity to learn and showcase the creative use of the software and technologies that we teach on our courses. In Trinity term we are putting on a series of lunchtime sessions where academics and staff will be showing how they have used software creatively in their work.
New members of Oxford University staff are warmly invited to join us for breakfast at the Oxford University Computing Services. Over croissants and coffee, we will introduce you to the many important services at OUCS that are available to you for your work or research. The next Breakfast at OUCS is Friday 21 May. Book online at
If you or your staff need to use technology to increase productivity have a look at the ECDL Advanced modules. This internationally recognised certification provides objective verification of individual’s skills. It will enable your business to assess and plan workforce training and ensure staff skills meet business needs.
You do not have to have completed the core ECDL to start the Advanced modules. For more information see: www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/itlp/ecdl_gen.xml
In Hilary term we ran another successful Final Cut Pro 101 course. If we have enough interest we will run this course again in Trinity. We have also had some enquires about Logic and Aperture Apple Accredited courses. If you are interested in Final Cut Pro, Aperture or Logic but haven’t let us know please drop us an email at appletraining@ oucs.ox.ac.uk
Throughout Hilary term we continued to run our extended programme of short Mac courses. Over the Easter period we upgraded the teaching room to use Snow Leopard, and a new course is running in Trinity term. We also continue to run our Adobe, iLife and podcasting courses.
The OxTALENT annual awards recognise those who have made use of ICT to foster learning and academic practice at either undergraduate or postgraduate level. Awards can be given either to individuals or to teams. Applications relating to the development of more effective links between teaching and research or to improving students’ digital literacy skills will be particularly welcome. Winners and guests will be invited to celebrate success at a red carpet reception on Thursday 17th June.
Contact the OxTALENT team via oxtalent@weblearn. ox.ac.uk if you would like to know more about the OxTALENT 2010 competition or visit www.ict.ox.ac.uk/ oxford/groups/oxtalent/awards.html
Courses at the IT Learning Programme cover a range of IT skills to help you with your work, all designed specifically for a university audience. But if you missed the course which covered that key topic, or if you can’t wait till next term’s schedule, you can look at the course materials now. The ITLP Portfolio is now available online, hosted in WebLearn.
Any member of the University can visit the ITLP Portfolio at http://tinyurl.com/portfolioITLP (where you will be asked to give your Oxford username and password).
You can download fresh copies of the exercise files that are needed to try out the practical tasks covered in a course (please don’t send your finished work in to us for marking – you must be the judge of when you have sufficiently mastered a skill!)
University members have been using the Portfolio with enthusiasm since its launch, to help them decide which courses to attend, or check the pre requisites for a course they plan to attend, as well as catching up on courses they have missed.
ITLP Portfolio of course materials is at http://tinyurl.com/portfolioITLP
The Trinity Term schedule of taught courses is at www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/itlp