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Jack hath returned

Two years ago was the last blog post I produced on this WordPress site. Now, I feel the time is about right to return. Why the long absence? 703 more words


'Helen and the Mentors': life in a MOOC

Updated 6 April

The last thing I did at The Open University before leaving was to produce a MOOC. I’m so glad I did this, because the challenge of writing around 35,000 words that took advantage of the FutureLearn platform – arranged in ‘steps’ of 750 words or five minutes or so of audio or video – was a brilliant way of ending a career in university teaching. 1,318 more words

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It has been a while but I have a favour to ask of you....

Some of you are aware that over the past few years I have been working towards a degree in Psychology (hence the lack of news and posts on this site). 247 more words


An article to celebrate LGBTQI month: A Short History of Homophobic Bullying

In support of LGBT month, the founder of Inclusion for All, Shaun Dellenty has published this very moving and important article. I hope it plays a part in promoting difference and can be used with students to develop wider appreciation. 25 more words


On Identity and Alterity - from The Open University module AA316

Discuss identity and alterity, and its impact on narration, in two of the following novels: Madame Bovary, The Woman in White, The Portrait of a Lady… 2,274 more words

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An exploration of Seaside art - from The Open University module AA100.

‘Seaside art concentrates not on individual experiences but the experience of the group’. Based on your study of the representations of the Seaside, to what extent do you agree with this statement? 2,004 more words


Writing science fiction - more free tools for the trade

In my latest post (here) I’ve suggested a couple free MOOC in order to acquire more knowledge about selected matters, the idea is to keep myself in touch with the latest development of science and to suggest the same to my fellow writers. 334 more words