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Dr Renu Bhandari

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Professional biography

Dr Renu Bhandari (Ph.D., FHEA, CPsychol) is a staff tutor in the Centre for Access, Open and Cross-curricular Innovation (AoCCI), associate lecturer, and consultant with the Open University for the last 18 years. Her primary role sits in the Centre for Access, Open and Cross-curricular Innovation (AoCCI) and faculty of WELS (Wellbeing, Education and language Studies). She teaches a range of modules from Access to post graduate modules highlighting issues about child development, childhood studies, early years developing practice, play and creativity in children and psychology. In her role Renu has been a consistent user and developer of online teaching techniques and tools. Renu is a monitor and mentor to new staff and has been playing a key role in monitoring and managing staff along with her teaching responsibilities at the Open University.  Besides, the Open University, Renu has experience of working in University of Portsmouth and in University of Reading. Renu has served as a senior lecturer in FE institutions and has successfully managed HE provision. 

Research interests

Bhandari, R (2021) A study exploring key areas of worry in children and their expression through drawings amid COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020. International Journal of Child Development and Mental Health, Vol 9(1). 39-54. https://he01.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/cdmh/issue/view/17032

Bhandari, R (2020) A socio-cultural approach in virtual classrooms - key implications for practice for Business Education. Compass: Journal of Teaching and Learning, Vol 13(1).

DOI: https://doi.org/10.21100/compass.v13i1.1022

 

Bhandari, R (2017) Applaud: Accrediting & Promoting Professional Learning & Development. (Submission for the award of Fellowship of Higher Education Academy UK).

 

Ittyerah, M., & Sharma, R. (1997). The performance of hearing-impaired children on handedness and perceptual motor tasks. Genetic, social, and general psychology monographs, 123 3, 285-302 .

 

Bloghttps://learn1.open.ac.uk/mod/oublog/view.php?user=133126 

 

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3067-5124

Publications

A study exploring key areas of worry in children and their expression through drawings amid COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020 (2021-05-15)
Bhandari, Renu
International Journal of Child Development and Mental Health, 9(1) (pp. 39-54)


A Socio-Cultural approach on learning in the virtual classrooms- key implications for practice (2020)
Bhandari, Renu
Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching, 13(1) (pp. 1-12)


The performance of hearing-impaired children on handedness and perceptual motor tasks (1997-08)
Itteyrah, H. and Sharma, R.
Genetic, Social and General Psychology Monographs, 123(3) (pp. 285-302)


“Aao Hindi bole” - Improving inclusive practice by assessing the impact of Hindi language learning in early years practitioners in the UK (2022-07-14)
Bhandari, Renu
In : Diversity and social justice in language learning, teaching and research: bringing theory and practice together (14 Jun 2022, Online)


Holding a Prism - Reflecting on the challenges and changing expectations through the experiences of Neurodiverse students transitioning from interdisciplinary Access to specific disciplines (2022)
Bhandari, Renu and Rainford, Jon
In : Future of Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning @ The OU Conference (21-22 Jun 2022)


Refractive practice on E102 2020-21 - Window of my practice (2021)
Bhandari, Renu
In : E102 End of year conference (17 Jun 2021, Online OU event)