Research Essentials

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

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Entries from September 2008

Joyful, visionary research

September 26th, 2008 · No Comments

My research group spent a successful day this week brainstorming and developing projects together. We began by considering what we enjoy about research, and found that social and affective factors are hugely important to us. We wanted to carry out joyful research – visionary research – research that would engage us and make a difference […]

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Tags: Collaboration · Reflections · Social Networking · Workshops

Google Chrome

September 13th, 2008 · 3 Comments

Installed this new browser full of hope and optimism. What a disappointment.  Looks good. I like the idea of having your most used web pages appear automatically on the new tab. But how to get to my usual websites? I rely totally on Google Bookmarks because I use several different machines. But Google Chrome seem […]

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Tags: by Gill · Google · technology

The best school in the world?

September 12th, 2008 · No Comments

My local junior school is currently rethinking its vision. This isn’t an empty exercise – the school vision underpins everything that happens at the school, and is referred to on a daily basis. We’re asking everyone in the school community ‘If this were the best school in the world – what would it be like?’ […]

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Tags: Collaboration · Reflections

A perspective

September 6th, 2008 · No Comments

Glancing through this blog, I realised that it had the tagline “perspectives on an academic environment” and I thought that perhaps I had neglected this aspect somewhat so heres some perspectives and maybe a little perspective too 🙂 Summer is a funny time in academia. Everybody seems to disappear. Having moved to an open plan […]

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Tags: by Gill · Open plan · Reflections

Dispersing Flock – the final straw

September 6th, 2008 · No Comments

I was quite happy with Flock, and content to hang on in there until it became less resource hungry. I installed it on my laptop, I installed it on my PC at the OU. I worked out what worked best for me on my laptop and then tried to mirror that environment at the OU. […]

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Tags: by Gill · Flock · Google Scholar · technology