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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 »

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The Open Research Agenda

Tomorrow afternoon we will conduct a webinar to discuss the results of an OER Hub research consultation exercise.  What follows below is a summary of the latest data that has been received, and is reproduced from OER Hub so that participants can easily find it. You can read more about the background to the consultation… Read more »

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Fast, ahead and direct: The benefit of participation in open scholars’ networks

Networking has been one of the enabler of 21st century competence emphasized at the Global Open Education conference held in Krakow in April 2016. Many tended to argue that the university is the place those networks are develop. While this argument may be partially true, I will discuss the benefit of move(ing) beyond university boarders… Read more »