Oxplore is now on limited release

We’re very pleased to announce that www.oxplore.org is now on limited release. The portal we have built at this stage features 15 Big Questions, including around 225 individual articles, quizzes, lists and videos. Questions already live include ‘Is a robot a person?’ and ‘Does a god exist?’.

We’re currently using this limited release portal for pilot activities in the North East of England. Last week we visited 10 schools to introduce the concept through interactive workshops looking at answering and creating complex questions. We travelled through Chester-le-Street, Hartlepool, Durham and Newcastle-upon-Tyne and met 220 pupils from years 7 through 12.

We’re keen that users in our target demographics use the site in this pilot state so we can gather data on their usage, and gather more feedback through surveys and focus groups. The focus of this particular pilot is on content and concept. We want to understand if our content is interesting and appropriate for 11-18 year olds, and if they are as keen on the big question idea as our initial consultative group were.

The project team are keen to reiterate that this isn’t by any means a ‘finished’ Oxplore. We have a list of technical features in our backlog which we will begin to tackle again soon to have them included before our national launch. We also need to fill the site with even more big questions – from ‘Is falling in love bad for you?’ to ‘Do you make your own luck?’.

So, stay tuned right here if you want to continue to hear our occasional project updates. If you’re more interested in the main site you can follow us on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).

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About Alex Pryce

I manage Communications and Engagement for the digital outreach portal project. I am based in the Widening Access and Participation team at the University of Oxford.

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