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Webinar: Who should have a voice in research? Exploring synergies between open and engaged research practices

For the next webinar, we are delighted to host the Open University’s Professor Rick Holliman as the next speaker. Rick is an expert in open science and public engagement and leads the OU’s work on engaging research.  Join us on Wednesday 7th November, 4pm GMT, if you can. Rick has written a brief background to his talk, as follows:… Read more »

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Webinar: There is life after the PhD! At least for a phenomenographer…

For the next webinar, we are delighted to host our very own Dr Chrissi Nerantzi as the next speaker. Many of you will know Chrissi, she has been one of our most active and enthusiastic GO-GN scholars. She is a model of open practice, and was the recipient of the first GO-GN award for open practice…. Read more »

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K-12 Open Learning: An Overview and Dialogue

For many of us, September is back to school time, right? Aaaah those early mornings, school runs, lunch boxes, homework, after-school routines… ok, I’m making it all up, but this is true: we haven’t talked about OER in schools since Penny’s webinar exactly one year ago. To put things right and start at the beginning, we are… Read more »

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Webinar: Policy Recommendations on Open Education in Europe

At the beginning of this year the European Commission released the report Going Open: Policy Recommendations on Open Education in Europe (OpenEdu Policies). Andreia Inamorato dos Santos, Scientific Officer at the EU Science Hub, has kindly accepted our invitation to talk about it at this month’s webinar. Here you have the details. Abstract Open education… Read more »

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Where is the social justice in open education?

Easter break is a good time for writing. I just finished compiling a data summary and findings synthesised from a 9000 word textual analysis undertaken in the preparation of a journal paper. (Relief!) I’m investigating the extent to which Open Education is aligned to the definition of social justice, and the impact of technological deterministic… Read more »

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Webinar: Tensions concerning personal open designs and closed artefacts in HE

We begin our #firstWednesdayofeverymonth webinar series in 2018 hosting one of our awesome PhD researchers, Caroline Kuhn. Here is a brief abstract of her talk. A consideration of tensions concerning personal open designs and institutional closed artefacts in a Higher Education Institution Our knowledge only captures a small part of a deeper and vaster reality,… Read more »

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Independent beer for Xmas, independent Open Ed for 2018?

The decision of what beer to buy for our upcoming Christmas celebrations was particularly fraught this year. The “craft” beer on sale at the local liquor store turned out to be just another thing from the world’s biggest brewer. Who, incidentally hasn’t paid any tax in this country in many recent years. I would really… Read more »

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Openness and education: a beginner’s guide

This post was written by Martin Weller. One of the things we’ve noticed as a research team attending different conferences that deal with aspects of ‘Open Education’ is that people come into it from a wide range of backgrounds. It is also quite a broad term, with many different interpretations and perspectives. This can make… Read more »

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Webinar: MOOCs, community orientation and reclaiming the social justice agenda

At OER17 in London earlier this year Laura Czerniewicz and Sukaina Walji gave a presentation on MOOCs, social justice and openness, and I immediately thought ‘GO-GN folk need to hear this’. Invitation issued and accepted. Our #FirstWednesdayofEveryMonth webinar in October comes with stories of impact from the Global South. MOOCs, community orientation and reclaiming the social… Read more »

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Understanding your PhD as an exam

One of the cliched things that well-meaning people say to PhD students is that it’s important to remember that the PhD is ultimately an exam with specific criteria for passing.  These criteria are fairly consistent across university systems, but also include quite a lot of subjective judgement.  For instance, who decides whether a contribution is… Read more »