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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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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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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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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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Webinar: 2016 Student Textbook and Course Material Survey

In our next #FirstWednesdayoftheMonth webinar we return to the topic of textbooks as we join colleagues from the Florida Virtual Campus. OUTLINE (Based on WCET presentation and 2016 Florida Textbook and Course Material Survey Report) The high cost of textbooks places a significant strain on the pocketbooks on many of the college and university students… 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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Webinar: The Self as an Open Educational Resource

We are delighted to announce that Maha Bali and Suzan Koseoglu will join us at our next #FirstWednesdayoftheMonth webinar to talk about ‘The Self as an Open Educational Resource’. OUTLINE (based on OER16 presentation and Prof Hacker Article) Most discourse on Open Educational Resources (OER) focus on open educational materials and tools, such as course… 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 »