Our Digital Learning Labs, virtual communities in Oxford, are experimenting and sharing practice in the following areas:
What is a Lab and what is in it for me?
The Digital Learning Labs allow academics, tutors and staff to explore technologies and practices in the field of teaching and learning - without having to go through bureaucratic processes.
Labs, supported by learning technologists from the TEL team in CTL, facilitate exploration, collaboration and innovation. With Oxford’s Digital Education Strategy (2016-2020) allocating resources to support students and staff in the use of current digital technologies, work has been done to raise awareness. We have also started to build a solid foundation from which to implement digital learning across the University. Given this ideal environment for exploring new ideas, we have introduced Digital Learning Labs.
These Labs give you the opportunity to
- consult the TEL team in CTL,
- borrow our equipment to trial out and
- draw on our help to identify and explore possible collaboration with relevant groups and projects within Oxford or to form partnerships with external organisations.
What can you expect from us?
Labs enable Oxford to be at the forefront of digital education. To this end, the TEL team in CTL focuses on:
- Being responsive
- Supporting academics in using the emerging practices and technologies based on their needs.
- Being proactive
- informing academics of what will be at the horizon for education in terms of practices and technologies independently of their current needs.
What do we expect from you?
In exchange for our support, we ask you to share your experiences with other academics and staff at Oxford. So if you are interested in trialling a technology, for example, we will ask you for your feedback in order to share it here, making it accessible to a wider audience. In this way we make sure that knowledge exchange takes place across the University.
What larger impact will Labs make?
Digital Learning Labs will help to create a culture within which research related to technology enhanced learning in Oxford and beyond can flourish. They are a means of not only keeping IT and administrative staff informed but also engaging the majority of academic staff and researchers at Oxford with digital education.