Academic Skills Special Interest Group

One way in which we aim to create conditions throughout Oxford where excellence in teaching and assessment can thrive is by bringing educators, administrators and students together through our facilitated education community. The community offers different opportunities for staff to enhance and support their practice – from open networks and user groups, to special interest groups.

One of these is the Academic Skills Special Interest GroupFind out about other groups in our education community.

What is the Academic Skills Special Interest Group (ASSIG)?

The Academic Skills Special Interest Group (or ASSIG) brings together professional service and academic staff from across the collegiate University with a remit and/or shared interest in supporting students’ academic skills development.

ASSIG is facilitated by the Centre for Teaching and Learning and organised via Microsoft Teams.

Meetings are held online once or twice a term, and provide opportunities to network, share good practices and experiences, and contribute to projects led by the Centre in the area of academic skills development at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 

Who is ASSIG for?

ASSIG is open to all professional services staff, academics and early-career researchers at Oxford with an active interest and/or remit in supporting students’ academic skills development.

When is the next meeting of ASSIG?

The next meeting of ASSIG is Wednesday 24 May 2023 (5th week, TT23), 12noon-1pm on Teams. Once you join the group, you will find the joining link posted in the ASSIG Channel in the Education Community Team (see below).

How can I join the group?

Step 1: Make sure you are logged into Microsoft Teams

Step 2: Click on this link. This will join you to the Education Community Team automatically and you will be able to view the channel for ASSIG.

If you don’t have a SSO (Single Sign-On) account or have difficulty joining, please contact us.

How can I manage my notifications for the Education Community Team?

If you change nothing about your Teams notifications, you will receive both desktop notifications and activity feed alerts for @mentions, direct messages (chat), and all new conversations and @mentions in all channels within the Education Community Team, not just those for the ASSIG channel.

If you would like to turn off notifications from any channel in the Education Community Team (ie for those groups you do not wish to follow), here is how to customise notifications in a Teams channel.

More details of how to change notifications can be found at Learn how to choose the right settings to fit your preferences.

If you have any queries, please contact us.

Can I view materials from previous meetings?

Once you have joined ASSIG, materials from previous meetings will be available to you via the ASSIG Channel in the Education Community Team.

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