News from IT Services - Hilary 2014Today sees the launch of the first edition of the termly newsletter. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you updated on major projects, service developments, provide examples of how we support the work of the University and highlight any forthcoming events. Full version of the content is available on IT Services website. We also invite readers to sign-up to receive email summaries of editions at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any feedback, comments or suggestions, the Communications and Web Office would very much like to hear from you; please contact email@example.com.
Temporary change of opening hours for the Drop-in Help Desk at Banbury RoadFrom Monday, March 10th, up to and including Friday, March 21st, the IT Services Banbury Road Help Desk will open from 11:00 am instead of the usual 08:30 am. This is because we are particularly short staffed during those two weeks. We will still be taking queries by phone and email from 8:30 am as usual. Data Centre Reception and the Course Registration area are unaffected and will operate their normal hours.
Revised Service CatalogueA new and improved Service Catalogue is now available. We hope that the revised structure offers users a more streamlined approach to accessing information on our services. The information is now split out into three levels. Firstly, a dashboard landing page now illustrates the service categories by role and theme as well as a by a searchable A-to-Z listing. These then link through to a summary of services within each category, each with a short description. This category summary then links to service description pages for the majority of our services. We are currently reviewing how best to present information to our users, so if you have any comments or feedback on the resource, please send this through to the Projects and Service Management team by Monday 31 March.
Breakfast at IT ServicesNew members of Oxford University staff are warmly invited to join us for breakfast at IT Services, Banbury Road. Over croissants and coffee, we will introduce you to the many important services that are available to you for your work or research. There will also be a chance to chat to IT staff and other newcomers. New members of Oxford University staff are warmly invited to join us for breakfast at IT Services, Banbury Road. Over croissants and coffee, we will introduce you to the many important services that are available to you for your work or research. There will also be a chance to chat to IT staff and other newcomers.
Research Data Management Training CoursesUpcoming research data management training events taught by members of the Research Support Team. Upcoming research data management training events taught by members of the Research Support Team.
Running Committees with SharePointCommittees in Oxford can be complicated. If collating the papers is hard work and remembering to send which papers to which set of people is even more of a challenge, find out how SharePoint can help. Come and hear about a template site, custom made for Oxford committees can help to manage this information and also give people information about this meeting, last meeting, next meeting all in one easy interface. This talk is part of the do: series of talks. Read more...
Freshers' Survey Report 2013 now availableA report detailing the results of the 2013 Freshers' Survey is now available. Responses have been analysed overall, by level of study and by division. Over 20% of freshers bring tablets, the percentage of Windows machines drops again but the number of people with no anti-virus protection is still rising. Wireless access everywhere is the top 'essential' facility.
WebLearn and Turnitin courses Hilary Term 2014To all WebLearn users, local WebLearn coordinators and Turnitin users. We have planned another full programme of ITLP courses for the new term. The majority of courses are aimed at staff members, but there is one for students on 'How to avoid plagiarism'. The WebLearn User Group will meet on Mon 17 March (2-4 pm), and the Turnitin User Group on Wed 26 March (2-4 pm). The course programme and booking link for courses and user group meetings can be found via the accompanying URL.
Synching your mobile device with NexusSee our Nexus mobile pages for instructions as to how to synchronise your mobile with Nexus. For those who already do, there will be brief interruptions to the synchronisation between 0700 and 0900 on 28th January, 4th February and 6th February 2014. This is due to essential maintenance work taking place. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Safer Internet Day Tues 11th Feb: 'Let's create a better Internet together'.For Safer Internet Day 2014 a panel of experts will join together to discuss this year's theme - "Let's create a better Internet together". The event is being organised by the University's Information Security team and Academic IT Services. Discussion will focus on what responsibilities the University, its staff and students have in helping to create a better Internet.
Drop your docs in a My Site for when you're out and aboutGet access to all of your important documents and files from anywhere. And don't worry about them sitting on someone else's server. Open up your Nexus My Site and add stuff for your eyes only, or for you to share with others. A Nexus My Site gives you pretty much everything SharePoint has to offer, just for you: document libraries; lists of all sorts; an internal blog; and a personal profile to share with your colleagues. Find out more or simply get started by visiting https://mysite.nexus.ox.ac.uk
Any messages submitted by 12:00 noon on December 24th will receive a reply before Christmas. Merry Christmas Everyone and a Happy New Year!
Oxford University student help needed for usability studyWe are currently redesigning our web site and need up to 5 Oxford University student volunteers to perform some user testing experiments for us. It will take no longer than 1 hour and you will receive a £10 Amazon voucher for your time. The testing will take place on Thursday 12th December during the afternoon. If you are interested in helping please contact IT Services Webmaster in the first instance.
IT Services' Online Advent CalendarThe University Strategic Plan says we should develop Oxford's online presence. We prefer online presents. In our Open Advent calendar this year IT Services will showcase the many lovely things we give users. A new door will become open each day until 24th December.
Flash Talk Physics LiveOn Wednesday 4th December from 6:30pm til 8:30 pm, we will be streaming the exciting 'Flash Talk Physics' event live. The event showcases cutting-edge physics research in a series of bite-size 10 minute talks. Join in using the hashtag #flashtalkphysics.
Oxford Teaching Resources in TESconnect for Remembrance DayTESconnect is the online portal for the Times Educational Supplement. It provides access to online versions of the magazine, forum, jobs, newsletter etc. It also includes a 'Teaching Resources' section where teachers share and download free lesson plans, classroom resources, revision guides and curriculum worksheets. The site has 2.7 million registered users in over 276 countries, so the potential audience for our OER is huge. Our first Oxford resources include materials to support teachers in advance of Remembrance Day.
Breakfast at IT ServicesNew members of Oxford University staff are warmly invited to join us for breakfast at IT Services, Banbury Road. Over croissants and coffee, we will introduce you to the many important services that are available to you for your work or research. There will also be a chance to chat to IT staff and other newcomers.
Closure of the Help Centre Self-Service Area at 13 Banbury RoadOn Friday, November 29th,the self-service printing, scanning, windows and Apple Mac machines in the Banbury Road Help Centre will be withdrawn. Note that this does not affect the poster printing service or the drop-in help desk. Usage of the self-service facilities has been declining over recent years. IT Services is now considering what type of centralised IT resource would better meet the needs of the University would like to hear from you. To discuss the closure or ideas for the future, email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a meeting.
Research Skills ToolkitIT Services and Bodleiean Libraries offer a free hands-on workshop for research students introducing key tools, techniques and resources. There are limited spaces so book your place now.
Open Access Week EventsOpen Access Week is an annual global event intended to highlight the benefits of Open Access. Oxford University will be holding a number of Open Access events, both during the week itself and throughout the academic year.
Open Access Week @ Oxford 2013Open Access Week (Twitter #OAWeek) is nearly here; it is an annual global event intended to highlight the benefits of Open Access. Oxford University is holding a number of Open Access events starting on Monday 21 October and continuing throughout the 2013-14 academic year. Please visit Open Access Oxford for more information.
You are the target: find out how to protect yourselfAn overview from Information Security experts of tips to protect yourself, your family and the University. Why is your personal information valuable? What are common ways that it might get into the wrong hands and the practical things you can do to reduce the risk of data theft. Available to book online now. Part of a series of Security and Privacy Online courses.
IT Resources for National Poetry DayWe host online collections of open educational resources (OER) which can be used by the public at any time, but particularly on National Poetry Day. In addition to the famous First World War Poetry Archive which has been cited in hundreds of academic publications; and the University of Oxford Text Archive; we also have a large collection of podcasts of, and about, poetry and poetry resources specifically for schools in our Great Writers Collection. Our collections hold many unique treasures including young British poets competing for the Tower poetry prize, a history of the Eighteenth Century in ten poems, the war diaries of Vera Brittain and our Deputy CIO reading Beowulf.
Women in Science Editathon: Ada Lovelace Day 2013The University of Oxford's IT Services and Bodleian Libraries are organising an editathon focused on women in science to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on 15 October 2013. The editathon will take place at IT Services on Banbury Road.
Talk like a Pirate Day it may be, but thar be good reasons why it's not a good idea t' act like one online.Ahoy me hearties! Talk like a pirate day it may be but thar be good reasons why it's not a good idea t' act like one online. Pillagin' the Internet for booty might seem attractive t' some bilge-sucking scallywags and ye can see why sometimes. A recent study by Ofcom cites cost, availability o' desired material and convenience as the main reasons why people choose t' hornswaggle when it comes t' online content and more than half of ye Internet users have downloaded or streamed infringin' material at some point. The Ofcom study also suggest that infringement notifications or technical measures, as foreseen by the Digital Economy Act, were unlikely to change behaviour but avast ye for here be a couple o' good reasons why your booty may turn out t' be cursed!
WebLearn and Turnitin courses MT 2013We have planned another full programme of ITLP courses for the new term, in particular on the topics of using WebLearn (for staff) and Turnitin (mostly for staff). There is one course for students on How to avoid Plagiarism, which has proved to be very popular. Go to the ITLP courses database for course descriptions, topics and booking facilities. Look under W for WebLearn or P for Plagiarism.
Learn R on 'Talk Like a Pirate Day' 19th Sept.As is now traditional, in celebration of international Talk Like a Pirate Day on Sept 19th, we will be running a course to learn R. Please book your place now http://courses.it.ox.ac.uk/detail/TMMJ
Discover our crowdsourcing service this autumnRunning Community Collections and Crowdsourcing Service. This is a service available to groups internal and external to the University, offering free advice and more indepth coaching, training and leadership on a cost-recovery basis. This Autumn there will be plenty of opportunities to hear more about the service and the projects we have developed, including a new *free* course available to University members (information to come). See: More about crowdsourcing service.
The webauth pages, where members of the University type in their Oxford account credentials, have changed.We have recently updated the 'Webauth' pages to a new style. These are the login pages that members of the University type in their Oxford account credentials in order to access a wide variety of services. The new pages will work better on smaller screened devices such as tablets and phones, as well as with laptops and desktops. The new appearance is also consistent with the branding used for other services provided for the University by IT Services. See: http://www.it.ox.ac.uk/publicity/webauth/ for example pages and more information.
Celebrating 1 million visitors to our First World War Poetry Digital collections.The First World War Poetry Digital Archive is an online repository of over 7000 items of text, images, audio, and video for teaching, learning, and research. Freely available to the public as well as the educational community, the First World War Poetry Digital Archive is a significant resource for studying the First World War and the literature it inspired. The site has now attracted more than 1 million visitors.
20,865,969 downloads and counting....The Oxford podcasts collection would take you 123 days to watch start to finish. We have released another 2,000 items in the last 12 months. More than half are licenced as Creative Commons for re-use. 470 different series from across the University and nearly 21 million downloads for Oxford on iTunesU.
Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer SchoolThe Digital.Humanities@Oxford Summer School (DHOxSS) is an annual Digital Humanities training event which usually takes place in July at the University of Oxford. DHOxSS delegates are introduced to a range of topics suitable for researchers, project managers, research assistants, and students who are interested in the creation, management, analysis, modelling, visualization, or publication of digital data for the humanities. Each delegate follows one of our 5-day workshops and supplements this with plenary guest lectures by experts in their fields. DHOxSS is a collaboration for Digital.Humanities@Oxford between the University of Oxford's IT Services, the Oxford e-Research Centre (OeRC), the Bodleian Libraries, and The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities. DHOxSS is directed by Dr James Cummings from IT Services.
Support for Oxford Open DaysVisitors to Oxford for Open Days are able to acccess a range of useful materials on their mobile devices as they explore the city. We have thousands of example lectures and tutorials available online for free which give a taster of what Oxford life is like. Audio tours make our sites accessible and Mobile Oxford provides information about buildings, bus times, library access and so much more.
Learning about Social Media at OxfordThe demand for training and expertise in the use of social media and communication technologies for academic practice has grown over the past few years, to support public engagement and outreach activities, as well as the progression of an academic career through a powerful online presence and social networking.
OxTALENT Awards at the IT Services Red Carpet Event 2013At IT Services on 18th June 2013, a red carpet reception will be held to celebrate Oxford's innovative use of IT in teaching and learning. This event is invitation only. However, you can follow the proceedings online through twitter (@ltgoxford and #oxtalent2013 ) and via the event blog posts.
Opportunities for Oxford Students to join us as Summer InternsOver the summer IT Services offer paid internships to Oxford University Students. These are exciting opportunities to join our dedicated IT Services teams and we are looking for students from various backgrounds. The internship will offer you valuable work experience that will help in your future career, as well as being part of a key project for the University.
The Oxford Community Collection ModelThe Oxford Community Collection Model is used to create collections by combining large-scale online crowd-sourcing with personal, individual interaction. The Model allows contributors to choose the way they wish to contribute to a collection, offering an opportunity for those who lacks the resources, ability, or opportunity to use computers to be part of a digital initiative, sharing their material with the World.
Oxford Talks: Daily Listings Now OnlineOne-stop shop for academic seminars, regardless of subject or degree of specialisation. Daily listings and searches by date, talk, series, speaker, or venue. Sign in to create your own personal list of talks, choose daily or weekly email reminders, or get a feed directly to your calendar.
When Facebook is not EnoughAlthough Facebook is a popular tool amongst students, most of the students who attended our user research workshops agreed that it would be a good idea to have discussion forums in WebLearn for activities which support academic activities such as a lecture topic, or FAQs with respect to practicals and tutorials.
Case Studies of Global ReachA new case study published by the Higher Education Academy describes the ways in which we promote and track international use of our OER collections.
Thursday 23 May is Learning at Work Day!Learning at Work Day is a national annual awareness campaign to promote and support workplace learning. This year's theme is "Many Ways to Learn" and all University staff are invited to sample our many ways to learn from a range of face to face sessions, downloadable podcasts and on-line learning material.
OxTALENT Awards 2013The OxTALENT annual awards recognise members of the University 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 impact and outreach will be particularly welcome.
Locating Graduate TrainingThe Graduate Training information site in WebLearn has recently been expanded to advertise training opportunities for graduate students provided by all the academic divisions and departments as well as central services such as the Bodleian Libraries, IT Services (ITLP), Careers Service, Language Centre and Safety Office.
Oxford iTunesU reaches 19 million downloadsOctober 2012 marked the fourth anniversary of the launch of Oxford's iTunesU site, featuring audio and video podcasts from across the University. It has been a great success - 19 million downloads so far, and currently reaching a worldwide audience of 185 countries.
Freshers' IT wishes? Read about it in our Freshers' Survey Report 2012OUCS and now IT Services have run a survey at Freshers' Fair since 2004. The aim is to capture the prior experiences, and more recently, wishes of freshers to inform IT Services' strategy, focus and resources. For example, the IT Learning Programme use the data to help them plan courses. The survey also provides a wealth of data for divisions and others to use as they see fit, for example, to explore the support requirements or students or assess what proportion would own the appropriate technology to access facilities they might provide.