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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 »

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GO-GN returns to Cape Town

Some of you will remember the first GO-GN seminar in Cape Town in 2013; four years later, we return to the shores of Table Bay and gather our PhD researchers for a sixth occasion to celebrate open research and open education. If you are around to take part in OEGlobal, come and join us! 6thGOGN_Seminar_CapeTown_FINAL… Read more »

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Webinar: OER World Map as a tool for scientists

For our #FirstWednesdayoftheMonth webinar in March, we welcome Jan Neumann, Project Manager of The OER World Map. Jan will talk about… yes, you guessed right, The OER World Map! The OER World Map is a directory of the global Open Education Community. Currently it provides information on persons, organisations, services, projects, events and stories. It supports… Read more »

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Webinar: The Ecology of the Open Practitioner

February 1st marks the return in 2017 of our #FirstWednesdayoftheMonth webinar series with a talk by Adrian Stagg. Adrian is currently the Manager (Open Educational Practice) for the University of Southern Queensland. His career has included over 14 years in both public and academic libraries, as well as positions as a Learning Technologist and eLearning Designer.  Adrian… Read more »

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Notes on surviving a viva

This post originally appeared on my personal blog at http://shiftandrefresh.wordpress.com. Last month, I had my viva – and passed! I have some minor corrections to do, including expanding on certain points and typos, but I was very pleased with the outcome. It’s an enormous relief when you have been worrying about it on a daily… Read more »

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Resources: Thesis Whisperer

I just saw this website and thought it was worth sharing with the GO-GN community. https://thesiswhisperer.com This is a (CC-BY) blog which draws together a lot of resources for PhD student and personal testimony from doctoral candidates.  There are regular posts going back to 2010 and the comments suggest that there is a large community… Read more »

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Resources: Writing for Research

Writing for Research is a blog that draws together resources intended to help with the process of writing and publishing research.  There’s a lot of useful stuff on there.  Here’s a sample of some of the recent entries to provide a flavour: Structuring and writing academic papers – this was the entry that caught my… Read more »

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Writing a PhD in Open Education

This post was written by Dr Kati Clements and originally published on the Open Education Working Group blog.   Thinking of doing a PhD in Open Education? Sounds like a good idea, yes? Well, I guess I could tell you some stories. In my case, I started my PhD, working in a EU funded project… Read more »