Teaching and learning
Part of our remit at IT Services is to help academics, students and staff get the most from technology for learning and teaching. Our work here ranges from facilitating the use of IT for lectures to creating digital teaching resources or helping Oxford’s world-class academics communicate and broadcast their work. We conduct research into the student digital experience and evaluate learning technologies to ensure that, where IT is concerned, the best experience for our students will be the typical experience.
Our lecture capture (Replay) service, for example, has proved very popular with students. It is a valued aid for all students but particularly for students with disabilities.
We also design, organise and teach IT literacy courses, to help staff and students make the most of the tools and resources at their disposal. We provide access to lynda.com, free online IT courses, available anytime, anywhere. We develop, support and maintain WebLearn, the University’s virtual learning environment (VLE). We also support Turnitin, the University plagiarism awareness service.
Public engagement and impact are increasingly important to many researchers and lecturers in the University. We advise colleagues on the use of new technology for outreach and engagement. We offer services to record and publish lectures, seminars and events through our video and media services. We help develop collections of reusable and open educational materials. These range from the highly successful Oxford podcast site on iTunes U – currently over 25 million downloads – to Woruldhord, an online collection of free educational resources for teaching and study of Old English and the Anglo-Saxons. We support the publication of educational resources to the Oxford page on the Times Educational Supplement Website: TES Connect.
To promote innovative use of learning technologies, we provide case studies and organise events, workshops and conferences relating to current projects. We recognise and reward creative practice across the institution in the annual OxTALENT Awards.