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A new Apple Watch – after 4 years

I’ve had my Apple watch since 2015. I posted first when I bought it: The all-new Apple Watch Then a couple of months down the line I posted again to update how I was using it: Apple Watch 2 months … Continue reading

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End of an Era

Well, the time is nearly here. The OU offered what was called ELVS – Employee Led Voluntary Severance last year and all were invited to apply. Not everyone who applied was successful, but I was. The last possible date for … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Free Tricky Topics course

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’. http://www.open.edu/openlearn/education-development/learning/teaching-and-learning-tricky-topics/content-section-0

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Winning the Guardian WISE awards 2017

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 … Continue reading

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Evidence Cafes

I’ve been running Evidence Cafes with the police and other public services since 2016. Each Evidence Café aims to bridge the gap between research and practice, enabling participants to explore how research might inform their practice, and giving academics access … Continue reading

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Writing Week – Escape to the Cotswolds

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Open Access to our Publications

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 … Continue reading

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Apple Watch 2 months down the line

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 … Continue reading

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