Digital Education Technologies User Group Terms of Reference

The Digital Education Technologies User Group will support Oxford University’s use of digital technologies for teaching and learning purposes.  

Membership of the Digital Education Technologies User Group (user group) will be drawn from across all divisions of the collegiate University and the group will discuss the use of technologies including, but not limited to, the following: Canvas (the University’s centrally supported virtual learning environment), ORLO (Oxford Reading Lists Online), Panopto (Replay Lecture Capture), Microsoft Teams, Cabinet and any other technologies used to support teaching and learning at Oxford.  

User group activity  

The user group will be facilitated and administered by the Centre for Teaching and Learning, although it will be user-led and focussed. 

Users are defined as academics, administrators and other teaching staff; separate arrangements exist for students who will input as and when required.   

The user group will meet once a term as agreed. Its remit will ideally include:    

  • the general promotion of the use of digital tools and technologies for teaching and learning at Oxford 

  • proactively finding ways to deliver on the University’s strategic objectives using digital technologies   

  • sharing and developing best practice use of digital tools and technologies across the University and providing a supportive environment in which innovation and experimentation is actively encouraged 

  • using the group to share and resolve issues  

  • working with students as equal partners in the use and development of digital technologies  

  • actively championing the use of digital technologies within faculties/departments  

  • updating faculties and departments on important developments from the user group meetings.  

The Centre for Teaching and Learning will have a small, but important set of outputs including:    

  • supporting the user group in identifying and delivering the benefits which will realise the University’s strategic objectives 

  • delivering important technical/configuration updates 

  • updating on Centre for Teaching and Learning activities which support teaching and learning with digital technologies  

  • identifying user support and training requirements  

  • sharing and communicating roadmap developments, especially in relation to Canvas  

  • updating on any activity which might impact on the use of digital technologies at Oxford.  

User group reporting   

The Centre for Teaching and Learning will support the user group with a summary of outcomes after each meeting, to ensure actions are followed up on and group objectives realised.  

A summary of proceedings from each user group meeting will also be shared with the University Education Committee at its Michaelmas term meetings.

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