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So Kongosi and Ben Mussanai wa Mussangu

Day 22, Year of #Mygration: What happened next

As we come towards the end of our month of contributions on being ‘Open to People’, it is time to reflect on the Open University’s consistent highlighting of migration’s underlying issues.

30th January 2018
Bart Rienties

The power of learning analytics to give students (and teachers) what they want!

The power of learning analytics to predict the best learning approach for students, was outlined by Bart Rienties in his inaugural lecture on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

30th January 2018
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How gender equality can help fix the construction industry

The government-commissioned Farmer Review warned in 2016 that the UK construction industry was “facing challenges that have not been seen before”. In no uncertain terms, it called for major industry-wide change. The “overwhelming risks” foreseen in the review sadly seem to have come to pass.

29th January 2018
Somalis in Kenya

Day 21, Year of #Mygration: Statelessness, Space, Security: Somalis in Kenya

Oscar Gakuo Mwangi, University of Lesotho, argues in Understanding Statelessness, edited by Tendayi Bloom, Katherine Tonkiss and Phillip Cole (Routledge 2017), that statelessness in the Kenyan context needs to be seen as simultaneously a psychological and a physical condition determined by spatial-political boundaries rather than legal ones.

29th January 2018
Person of no nationality

Day 20, Year of #Mygration, Holocaust Memorial Day

One way of reflecting on our theme of being ‘Open to People’ on or around Holocaust Memorial Day, 27 January, is to listen to the voices of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in the British Library’s collection, freely available to anyone.

26th January 2018
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OU plays a lead role in UK’s first Institute of Coding

The Open University (OU) is to play a lead role in the creation and running of the UK’s first Institute of Coding, announced this week

25th January 2018
Jamaica sings Robert Burns

Day 19, Year of #Mygration: Jamaica sings Robert Burns

All over the world this evening, 25 January, there are Burns’ Night suppers celebrating the poetry of the eighteenth century Robert Burns who never left Scotland.

25th January 2018

Day 18, Year of #Mygration: Migrants, supporters and researchers as brokers

A colleague who recently heard me present my research on the role of migrant staff as brokers in migrant support and advocacy organisations, asked me if I didn’t understand myself as a kind of broker too. Wasn’t I as an academic (and migrant) also in the role of a conveyor and translator of different knowledges?

24th January 2018
Senior man with laptop

Research to explore if sharing photos online could reduce loneliness

Research by  Shailey Minocha, Professor of Learning Technologies and Social Computing at the OU, is exploring if sharing photography online reduces feelings of loneliness in people aged 60 and over.

23rd January 2018
Stateless people in Italy

Day 17, Year of #Mygration: Photographing stateless people in Italy

In yesterday’s post, the words ‘practitioners and artists’ stood out to various readers who asked for more, so today we bring you On the Frontline: Photographing Stateless People in Italy.

23rd January 2018

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