Author Archives: Rebecca

About Rebecca

I am a research fellow at The Open University. My research interests focus on how people learn together online and in blended environments, and I have studied blogs, online conference and interaction in both Second Life and Teen Second Life.

Time Wasters

Why do some funders demand the investment of so much effort and provide such a poor return for most? Continue reading

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No feedback from the British Academy

British Academy devotes approximately £630,000 of university funding to making 855 early-career researchers feel depressed. Continue reading

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Trying out Prezi

I have just spent all day putting together a presentation using Prezi. That’s not all the time it took – because I’ve already spent another day or two planning the presentation, making notes, gathering images and sketching out a plan. … Continue reading

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Eight steps to writing an academic article

Identify a subject What is the focus? Why is this significant? Who would be interested? Identify a journal Which journals are interested in this subject – according to their aims and scope? Which journals have editors and readers who are … Continue reading

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How far can you get from Creative Commons?

We just received the copyright form for the book on education in virtual worlds that we are editing with Kieron Sheehy. They want it back today. I’m just wondering whether this wholesale transfer of rights and copyright is the norm. … Continue reading

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Creating pilot projects with impact: Jonathan Drori

Really useful presentation by Jonathan Drori at ALT-C about how to add impact to a pilot project. Questions to ask about your project include: Why is this project different from all other projects? Will more people learn better? Will this … Continue reading

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Doctor for 20 minutes

Good news this morning although… I was expecting them the Research School to refer to it as a doctorate, not as a degree – and, surely, when you’re telling someone they’ve become a doctor, you would address them as ‘doctor’? … Continue reading

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Inching towards perfection

Long-time classics, international bestsellers, your favourite novel of all time. Hand on heart, is there any one of them that has absolutely no room for improvement? Take Genesis – a grand opening but also a sprinkling of repetition and some … Continue reading

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Top 40 Potential Viva Questions

I submitted my thesis way back in March but, somewhere between CREET and the Research School, the documentation was lost or abandoned for a couple of months. Add to that a spell in hospital when they finally got round to … Continue reading

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Visualising social networks: Twittering Cory Doctorow’s talk

When Cory Doctorow talked at the Open University today, the audience in the room was supplemented by a more widespread group who were watching the live webcast. Throughout his talk, the extended audience was discussing, reacting to, reporting and referencing … Continue reading

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