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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 »

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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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Academics’ ultimate concerns explain motivation for sharing OER

Dr Glenda Cox (right) with her supervisor, A/Prof Cheryl Hodgkinson-Williams on her graduation day (photo credit Glenda Cox). Sukaina Walji, ROER4D Communications Advisor spoke to Dr Glenda Cox, Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, at the University of Cape Town (UCT) about her recently submitted PhD thesis ‘Explaining the relations… Read more »

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Infographic: GO-GN at a glance!

At the beginning of July, GO-GN researcher Igor Lesko got in touch with an offer I couldn’t refuse: would I be interested in working together on producing an infographic to highlight GO-GN in the next edition of Open Education News? Of course! A handful of emails later to discuss content and looks, behold the product… Read more »