Category Archives: research

Agent Based Modelling and Scholarship

By Kevin Amor Recently I have started to use Agent Based Modelling (ABM) in my finance research.  It occurred to me to wonder whether it had a place in scholarship work. A very quick search found some listings for ABM … Continue reading

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Nurturing employability at British universities – entrepreneurship education as a vehicle

By Carolin Decker-Lange (The Open University) and Knut Lange (Royal Holloway, University of London) Since the 1980s, British universities have been under increasing scrutiny, accompanied by changes in regulation, funding, governmental surveillance and performance appraisal in research and teaching. As … Continue reading

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Integrating online learning provision: What will schools take forward post-pandemic?

By Katharine Jewitt An 18-month research project is seeking to identify what online learning innovations schools can and will be keeping post-pandemic. Dr Katharine Jewitt reports on preliminary findings: As Covid restrictions are lifted, school leaders are beginning to plan … Continue reading

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Strategic management of online learning during Covid and beyond

By Dr Jacqueline Baxter Leading online learning: Out of crisis comes opportunity. We are just entering the pilot stage of our research project which looks at how schools have strategically managed online learning during Covid, and if and how, new experiences … Continue reading

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Can full time students succeed in a part time world?

by Carey Stephens The number of students registered to study at full time intensity was over 28% of all new learners at the Open University in Autumn 2020. My own Faculty of Business & Law recorded an increase, from Autumn 2019, of almost 200 fulltime intensity students registered on the Business & Management … Continue reading

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Academics are from Mars and practitioners are from Venus – some thoughts on how to create a successful union based on value orientated collaboration.

By Richard Harding It can often feel like academics and practitioners are from different universes, let alone planets. The perspective from the lofty heights of academia’s ivory towers can make the world of practice seem remote. Conversely from a practice … Continue reading

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How do I solve the world’s problems from my desk?

By Jessica Giles In the face of some of the world’s seemingly intractable global problems, it can be easy to feel disempowered and disengaged. Even identifying or prioritising a particular global crisis to engage with can be a challenge. We … Continue reading

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Setting up a Pilot Mentoring Programme on W101 – An Introduction to Law

By Carol Edwards, Liz Hardie and Lorraine Gregory Working at the Open University (OU) we know that distance learning can be isolating. Due to the remote nature of studying online, students can lack the opportunity to form communities of practice … Continue reading

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Can we teach skills online?

By Lin Smith As lecturers we can lecture, can’t we? Have our online students acquired key skills for success? We design the assessment, so we think we assess what we have taught and what we expect them to have acquired. … Continue reading

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Designing Online Learning for Interactivity

by Dr Ruslan Ramanau A key question facing teachers and institutions that move their teaching online (be it fully or partially), is whether reducing the amount of face-to-face contact can lead to less engagement from learners, and less positive learning … Continue reading

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