Category Archives: students

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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Supporting care experienced students: Piloting a project in the Faculty of Business and Law

By Grace Allen, Catherine Comfort, Daniel Coxon, Sarah Henderson, Christine Mera & Joanna Mirek-Tooth Higher Education (HE) is a vast and different world to navigate for any new student wishing to access it. For a student who is a care … 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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Developing an integrated model of support for full-time students in a part-time world – a pilot

By Charlotte Luckhurst and Liz Hardie Background Most students studying law at The Open University study 60 credits a year (equivalent to part-time study).  However, the numbers of students choosing to study law at full-time intensity (120 credits a year) … 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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The Experience of Teaching during a Pandemic

By Hilary Collins Back in January I published research on the academic experience of teaching and working online. Right now it feels rather timely. In our paper we discussed the precarity of a digital academic life, and examined how this … Continue reading

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Does co tutoring improve online teaching practice?

By Jim Lusted and Claire Maguire Introduction Tutors are increasingly being asked to teach together with a colleague – often called ‘co-tutoring’ – delivering both face-to-face and online tutorials as a pair. But what are tutors’ experiences of co-tutoring and … Continue reading

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Exploring engagement with online interactivities: An introduction to our project

By Sarah Henderson and Ben Melluish A recent conversation with a colleague centred around that age-old question of how to get her son to eat his vegetables; a dilemma we are sure many parents will be familiar with. The young … 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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Collaborative group work on level 3 law modules

by Liz Hardie Over the last two years I have become aware of the challenges law students experience undertaking collaborative group work. Law students are often competitive and aspirational with high expectations of themselves and others. Unfortunately this does not … Continue reading

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