Innovative teaching and learning with technology

This category lies at the heart of the role played by OxTALENT in recognising and rewarding grass-roots innovations that are then shared with the University at large. Each entry should identify and address a specific teaching or learning need, either in a discipline that is taught at Oxford or in a study skill (e.g. note-taking, time management or evaluating online resources).

You can either have created a website or app yourself, or have used existing technologies. It is also important that your innovation reflects at least one of the five development areas identified in the Digital Education Strategy):

  1. Extending excellence: Extend the areas of excellence in digital education that already exist and to ensure that all departments and faculties regularly review how digital methods might enhance their teaching and learning provision.
  2. Inclusive provision: Use appropriate digital technologies to develop more inclusive provision for different learning needs.
  3. Key digital platforms: Support academic staff as innovative teachers by developing the functionality and usability of key digital platforms.
  4. Accessible and relevant resources: Support students by making collections of resources more accessible and relevant to their learning.
  5. Resources and further development: Clarify, and agree the resources needed to develop digital education, where these might be most effectively situated, and how best funded.

The category is open to students as well as to staff. Entries from students should focus on supporting both your own learning and that of your peers, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level. We would also be delighted to receive entries from partnerships between students and staff: for example, if you have co-designed an aspect of the curriculum to make use of digital tools.

You are eligible to enter even if you have had professional help, but we ask you to let us know on the entry form what assistance you received. Find out how to enter.

What the judges will look for

Your entry will be assessed in terms of:

  • How clearly you have defined the educational purpose of your initiative/innovation.
  • The extent to which the entry reflects at least one of the development areas outlined in the Digital Education Strategy.
  • How innovative your entry is: i.e. how new it is in terms of your own practice, or in terms of teaching and learning at Oxford as a whole.
  • How you designed and implemented your initiative/innovation.
  • The extent of learner engagement and interaction.
  • Evidence of a contribution to the student learning experience (qualitative and/or quantitative).
  • Scope for adapting your innovation for use in other disciplines and/or at other levels of study (i.e. the overall approach and tools used, rather than the content).
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