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Digiknow Sessions and Handouts


On this page, you can see a list of all the Digiknow sessions and associated handouts (when available).

Select Digiknow sessions are run every term via the IT Learning Centre. If you would like to schedule a special session for your team, please contact Dominik Lukeš.

The sessions are in the following categories:

Document creation, readability and accessibility

Formatting documents for readability and accessibility

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This session will help you create documents that are more readable for everyone and more accessible for people with special needs. We will look at principles of readable formatting and how they can be achieved with every day tools without much additional effort. These techniques will apply to print, PDFs and web documents. If you want, you can bring in some documents you created and see how you could easily reformat them.

  • Different strategies for reading
  • Three principles of readability
  • Choosing the appropriate formatting for readability
  • Structuring your document for readability and navigation
  • Providing other guides to increase document readability and navigation
  • Making the most out of Word to produce readable PDFs

Tech tools to write clear and simple English for web and print

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Do you want to simplify your writing without sounding too simple? This session will introduce key principles of simple language and tools that can help you achieve this. You will learn how to structure your document, how to shorten sentences and how to avoid constructions that make understanding more difficult. You will also learn how to check and interpret the readability score of your document. You can also bring your own documents to simplify.

  • What makes for plain, easy to understand language
  • Myths about simple language and readability
  • How to measure readability and interpret the scores
  • Tools and strategies for supporting writing simple language

Creating mind maps, flowcharts and infographics with everyday tools

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Graphical displays of complex information are very effective and can enhance understanding of difficult subjects. They are also an essential tool for including more kinds of people in your audience. And not least, they can help content creators organise their thinking about the subject. Many people worry that they need to learn to use a complicated graphics editor or pay a graphic designer. But that’s not true. This session will show you how you can create powerful graphics with the tools you already use.

  • Why are mindmaps and flowcharts useful for comprehension
  • How can mindmaps be used to plan your document as well as summarise it
  • How to use Xmind (free mindmapping tool) to create a graphical outline for a document
  • How to use outlining in Microsoft Word with Headings and navigation
  • How to create flowchart from a Word outline using PowerPoint’s SmartArt
  • How to create infographics and interactive maps using Excel

How to get and use free images in your documents, presentations and on the web

This session will introduce participants to the various types of free images that can be used in documents, web pages, and presentations. Participants will learn about the key sources of free images and other media online. The session will also introduce the fundamentals of open licencing and Creative Commons that all educators should understand. Finally, the session will cover key tools and strategies for embedding images in documents for maximum impact.

  • Sources of free and Creative Commons images and media online
  • How to identify usage permission from Creative Commons label
  • How to avoid other types of infringement with free media
  • How to make your own content available under a Creative Commons license
  • What can be done with images in Word and PowerPoint
  • How to format images and video for maximum impact

Productivity and study skills

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Using technology more productively: Save time, keep healthy!

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This session will cover tips and strategies for making the most out of your computer. These tips will not only help you save time but also make sure you avoid health difficulties such as eye strain and repetitive stress injury. They will also help you deal with focus and attention problems. You will learn about ways in which you can improve your work with tools you’re using every day as well as what new productivity tools you can add to your tool kit.

  • General productivity strategies
  • Keyboard shortcuts to save time and wrist
  • Strategies for reducing the amount of time looking for things
  • Organising your files for easy discovery
  • Arranging windows for maximum readability
  • Productivity tools and utilities

Improving language learning with apps

This session will give an overview the most useful language learning apps that can help you improve your language learning. It will also review strategies for making the most out of these apps and their limitations. It will also be of interest to teachers who want to enhance their student experience. We will cover apps for learning languages at all levels as well as less commonly taught languages.

  • Overview and comparison of most popular language learning apps (and how you can do much better than Duolingo)
  • Apps for helping with vocabulary acquisition
  • Apps for helping with comprehension, reading and writing
  • Using non-specialist common tools to improve speaking
  • Strategies for using Google or Bing translate as a language learning tool

Reading, writing and study skills: Technology you should know

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This session will present easily accessible technologies that can help students be more productive while studying. These tech tips and strategies will be helpful to all who feel they are struggling to keep up with all their reading or find it hard to produce academic writing on time. It will also suggest approaches and tools to organising academic work. It will focus on easily accessible free or cheap tech tools that can save time and improve the quality of their work. Most of these tools and strategies will be useful for anyone wishing to improve their productivity.

  • Tools and strategies to improve reading speed
  • Tools for reading on the go by converting text to audio
  • Outliners to improve the organisation of writing
  • Distraction free editors to improve writing focus
  • Tools and strategies for organising your studies

Instructional design for video and online teaching

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Introduction to the principles of instructional design

This 2-hour workshop introduces participants to the key concepts and principles of instructional design with special emphasis on online and blended teaching and learning. However, the principles are just as relevant to people teaching fully offline courses.

  1. What goes into the instructional design process
  2. How to structure the aims of learning through competency-based curriculum
  3. How to build out the experiential learning cycle into learning activities using 4MAT
  4. Match types of activities to the experiential learning cycle
  5. Match activities with the available tools in Canvas (both offline and online)
  6. Structure entire online course with respect to online student specific needs

RapidMOOC familiarisation: Quick video instructions

This session will give you a quick overview and demonstration of RapidMooc – a system for recording videos with just the touch of a button. Recording a video is as easy as connecting a laptop to a projector and pushing start. The presenter then appears with the PowerPoint (or whatever else is on the screen) as a background. The style of videos recorded with RapidMooc is familiar from online courses (MOOCs) or LinkedIn Learning but it can be used to record videos for any purpose including staff training, promotion, projects reports, etc.This session is an alternative to the more extensive 3-hour workshop on Creating videos with RapidMooc which focuses on practical work on videos.”

  • What is RapidMooc
  • What kinds of videos can be made with RapidMooc
  • How to prepare materials for use with RapidMooc
  • Key tips for success
  • Overview of the key features and how to use them

Creating instructional videos with RapidMOOC

This is a more extensive workshop aimed at people interested in the whole process of video creation. This 3-hour workshop will take you through everything you need to make a video with RapidMooc. You will be taken through the complete process of preparing a short (2-3 minute) video and will leave with a usable recorded video (or at least a first draft). RapidMooc has been used to create successful videos for mini lectures, staff training, video CVs and more. You can watch an example (and learn more about the RapidMooc) at https://canvas.sbs.ox.ac.uk/courses/427. The workshop will cover:

  • What is instructional video, recent developments and current best practice
  • What is RapidMooc and how it works
  • How to prepare materials to create videos with RapidMooc without any need for post production
  • How to structure and outline a video to most effectively transfer classroom practice

What should educators know about

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What should educators know about … Blogs, YouTube, Podcasts, Hackers, Gamers and Fan Fiction Writers

The internet has revolutionised learning but it has had much less of an impact on teaching. Informal or semi-formal learning opportunities are available to everyone for free or at negligible costs in almost any subject. But most educators are not aware of the full extent of what is available. This session will present examples from 6 domains in which informal and semiformal learning and teaching have emerged spontaneously in the online world. It will offer short vignettes of creators and the types of content they produce, the online infrastructure and communities that enable that. But primarily it will focus on how students consume this content, engage with it and learn from. In each case, we will examine which lessons can be drawn from this.

  • YouTubers as teachers and learners
  • Gaming as a learning and teaching activity
  • Hacking, coding, and Open Source as an approach to learning
  • Fan Fiction as learning to read, write and theorise
  • Podcasts as a source of learning and community building
  • Online learning communities: Blogs, Wikipedia, Stack Exchange, Reddit, Tumblr and more

What should educators know about AI (and its potential for education)

Give introduction to educators and anybody working in education to the key concepts in AI and how they can be applied to problems facing education.

  • Differentiate between AI, machine learning, neural nets, expert systems
  • Identify key sources of learning more at any level
  • Have a sense of the AI / Machine Learning landscape
  • Understand that AI has mathematical foundations
  • Be exposed to several short case studies / vignettes of AI successes and failures
  • Learn a short checklist for evaluating claims about AI