Research Essentials

Perspectives on an academic environment: a collaborative blog by Gill Clough & Rebecca Ferguson

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Reflections on FutureLearn, OpenLearn and the changing role of the OU

August 6th, 2018 · No Comments

The OU has been through many ups and downs this year. There were 14 days of country-wide strike action related to the USS pension dispute. Then there was the ‘Students First Transformation’ (SFT) – a key focus of the then vice chancellor, Peter Horrocks. There was a developing growing disjoint between the executive (VCE) and the […]

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Tags: by Gill · FutureLearn · Openlearn

Free Tricky Topics course

August 2nd, 2018 · No Comments

As a teacher, educator or trainer, do you often think “I just don’t understand why they don’t understand”? Well, here is help identifying the barriers in students’ understanding from our new badged FREE course ‘Teaching and Learning Tricky Topics’.

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Winning the Guardian WISE awards 2017

November 10th, 2017 · No Comments

Fantastic news which I just had to blog immediately! Anne Adams was in London this evening attending the Guardian Wise Awards for which we had been shortlisted (one of three) and we won! See Anne at the left of the winners. This is real recognition for all the effort Anne puts in to set up […]

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Writing Week – Escape to the Cotswolds

May 11th, 2017 · No Comments

This week, 6 of us have headed off to a Rural Retreats cottage in the cotswolds for a writing retreat. It looks and sounds pretty decadent, but in reality it is seriously productive. Not everyone has been able to stay in the 5 bedroom place for the entire week, but 5 of us have been […]

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‘Me Time’ at the OU H818 ‘The Networked Practitioner’ Online Conference 2017

January 10th, 2017 · No Comments

As an MAODE alumni, I received an email invitation to attend this online conference. I was just about to delete it as I went through my regular morning email triage, but it looked interesting so I followed the link to Cloudworks. I used to use Cloudworks extensively in 2009/2010 but have fallen out of the […]

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Tags: by Gill · Cloudworks · Social Networking

Open Access to our Publications

February 10th, 2016 · No Comments

I get requests for various publications that people have found on ORO (Open Access Database) but sometimes cannot download. In particular, our book, Augmented Education: Sheehy, Ferguson & Clough (2014). I therefore put together a version of the pre-print draft (no index etc) created a website and uploaded it. At least now if somebody asks […]

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Apple Watch 2 months down the line

July 24th, 2015 · No Comments

I’ve been using my apple watch for about two and half months so its about time I reflected on what I find it useful for. Like most Apple products, lets face it, like most technology products, each person will find different aspects useful. I know three other people with Apple Watches, one finds the ability to […]

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Tags: by Gill · technology

The all-new Apple Watch

May 8th, 2015 · No Comments

Ok, I admit it. I sat in bed one morning a few weeks back and pre-ordered the all-singing, all-dancing Apple Watch. The week before I’d received one of the Apple marketing emails suggesting that I book an appointment in store to try one one….so I did. That was an experience. The enthusiastic Apple employee had […]

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Raspberry Pi #PiBirthday party at Cambridge Computer Labs

March 2nd, 2015 · 1 Comment

I booked a place at this event the moment tickets became available on EventBrite. The are now so popular they sell out really fast. Workshops had only 20 places, and booking opened at 7:30pm on the Thursday. Needless to say, I forgot and all workshop tickets got sold out immediately. I was therefore delighted when […]

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Tags: by Gill · Raspberry Jam · Raspberry PI

2nd Annual EU Project Review for JuxtaLearn

November 21st, 2014 · No Comments

Just got back from Luxembourg, having attended the 2nd annual project review for the JuxtaLearn project. One of the things I do during these gruelling meetings is type didactic notes of everything the reviewers say or ask, and also of their final comments. They usually send their recommendations out about three weeks later. Yesterday I […]

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