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OU education as a social project

Stephanie Taylor has blogged over on the DD317 Advancing social psychology blog about the ways in which Open University education can be regarded as a vital social project. 155 more words

Psychology

Letter to the VC: or, what academics do all the time

Back in December 2015, the then-newish Vice Chancellor – in post for about 7 months – attended Arts Faculty Committee, when the whole of what was then the Arts Faculty came together, and addressed the assembled masses. 1,565 more words

Career

Am I a 'teacher'? Apparently not.

I’ve been thinking about teaching more than usual (for a retiring academic!), having recently returned from one of my weeks doing face-to-face teaching at a US liberal arts college, Gustavus Adolphus College. 1,214 more words

Career

Will The OU ever be like other universities ? That's how to compete

This is both a reminder to me, and a suggestion to others. I find that far more is achieved by being positive and ‘can do’ without being overly enthusiastic to the point of being unreasonable. 365 more words

E-Learning

A Working & Student Mum

The Best Decision I Made

After having Poppy I was lucky enough to be able to stay off work after my maternity leave had finished, I went back to work when Poppy was about 3-4 years old and mainly did weekend shifts at a restaurant close to home, then when Poppy was eligible for the 15 hours free childcare I picked up a few week day shifts also. 784 more words

Life

Guarding our digital identities

It is 2018 and the age of ‘Big Brother’ is upon us.

When I was a teenager, the Matric year group of 1984 at our school studied… 2,063 more words

Computing

You Are What You Think...?

You’re unique, just like everybody else” so the famous saying goes (although I am still unsure of its specific origin, nevertheless, it makes a good point – no two people are the same. 1,452 more words