Short training sessions for OCSLD

Simon Llewellyn, OCSLD’s lead Digital Media and Elearning Developer (DMELD) has launched a short series of professional development courses for OCSLD staff on the use of applications that are central to our working practices.

He started off with an introduction to Google Apps for Education. The resources he developed for this session can be found here.

I particularly liked the way Simon demonstrated in practice how easy it can be to link between the various applications (Slides, Docs, Calendar, Email, etc) and to wrap them up in each other (or, to “embed” views of one application in another, say to put a calendar into a set of slides). Simon has linked Docs to Slides as well as to Google help resources.

I might argue that the “Do no evil” motto has begun to ring a little hollow, but Google is possibly more benign than many other large corporations. They have recently reorganised into a holding company called “Alphabet“, Their code of conduct is ambitious. Google certainly strives to stay on a certain edge with their operating systems (Android and Chrome) as well as further out there with driverless cars and heaven knows how many more blue-sky projects.

Wikipedia describes it like this:

Alphabet’s portfolio encompasses several industries, including technology, life sciences, investment capital, and research. Some of its subsidiaries include Google, Calico, GV, Google Capital, X, Google Fiber and Nest Labs. Some of the subsidiaries of Alphabet have altered their names since leaving Google – Google Ventures becoming GV, Google Life Sciences becoming Verily and Google X becoming just X.

Here at Brookes we are making a certain statement about the kind of institution we want to be by aligning ourselves, in our small way, with this particular tech giant.

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About the author

George Roberts

George has been at Oxford Brookes since 2000 and joined OCSLD in June 2006 as an Educational Developer (e-Learning). In his previous role he advised the Head of e-Learning and the Senior Management Team of the University on policy for off-campus e-learning and e-learning partnerships.

He leads the MA Education (Higher Education) and teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) as well as conducting Course Design Intensives (CDIs) and other educational development activities: workshops and consultancies.

He leads the Learning domain in the development of the University’s Technology Enhanced Learning framework.

He wrote his doctorate (July 2011) at the University of Southampton on biographical narratives of adult users of a community IT centre on a large social housing estate.

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