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What happened when we put 14 PhD researchers inside an IKEA hotel

After Cape Town in 2013 and 2017, Ljubljana and Washington in 2014, Banff in 2015 and Kraków in 2016, in April 2018 fourteen GO-GN researchers, the OERHub team and a handful of GO-GN family members gathered in The Netherlands for the 7th GO-GN Seminar. This is the story of two days (in an IKEA hotel)… Read more »

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Reflecting on #OEGlobal18 and GO-GN’s seminar

This post was written by PhD researcher Natascha Chtena, University of California, Los Angeles.   After a hectic week of catching up my work, I’ve finally had some time to reflect on what an amazing experience OE Global 2018 and the preceding workshop with the GO-GN family have been. The 2-day GO-GN workshop took place right… 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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An Unexpected Journey: How A Dissertation Changed a Life

Every time I’ve asked a colleague from the open education community to share their work and their experience in one of our webinars, their response has always been an enthusiastic ‘Yes!’. We are all grateful for their time, their generosity, their knowledge, their willingness to help others, and so much else. TJ Bliss is no… Read more »

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Webinar: Teachers’ Experience of Professional Learning through Open Education

We are back! You barely had a chance to miss your favourite webinar of the month, didn’t you?  On September 6th we resume our #FirstWednesdayofEveryMonth webinar series, and we couldn’t do it more happily than hosting fellow GO-GN member and PhD researcher Penny Bentley. Abstract The Australian Government aims to increase student engagement and achievement… Read more »

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Webinar: Academic social networking (or why you shouldn’t delete your Academia.edu account)

To avoid what would be an unforgivable clash with OER17, we are moving April’s #FirstWednesdayofEveryMonth webinar to Tuesday April 4th! GO-GN researcher Katy Jordan, who was awarded her PhD last November, will share her work on academics’ networks. Academics are under increasing pressure to embed social media and online networking in their scholarly practices, as its use… 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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Two and a half days in Cape Town

After Ljubljana and Washington in 2014, Banff in 2015 and Kraków last year, we returned to where the first ever GO-GN seminar took place in 2013. This is the story of two and half days in Cape Town. Once upon a time, it was a very sunny morning when… Good morning Cape Town! #go_gn #oeglobal… 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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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 »