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German universities prepare for recognition of MOOC-based learning

Continuing with the German theme from my last post… Last week I was honoured to be invited to speak at a workshop in Berlin held by Kiron Open Higher Education for staff from their German partner universities, on the topic of … Continue reading

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Reflecting on #UKOER at #OER17

Last week I attended #OER17 in London, and am still basking in the warm glow of the shared sense of purpose to open up education for equity and social inclusion. My presentation, which I was privileged to do collaboratively with … Continue reading

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The secret life of face-to-face learning in MOOCs (Part 2)

Many thanks to the folks who commented on Part 1 of this blog series, and to those people who contacted me privately to tell me about cases where face-to-face learning is playing a significant role for MOOC learners. In this post I will share what … Continue reading

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2014 in review – a summary of activity on my blog by WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it … Continue reading

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Storyboarding the Storyboarding OOC

Brenda Padilla and I are in the process of designing the Storyboarding OOC (open online course) which we will be running in the New Year, and since the starting point for designing a course is to create a storyboard, we have … Continue reading

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Transferring that f2f magic to the online environment at OEB14

Yesterday I ran a workshop with Jeff Stanford at Online Educa Berlin. Participants came along with an existing course that they wanted to convert from face-to-face delivery mode into either blended or fully online learning. The course topics in the room … Continue reading

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Good-bye Institute of Learning Innovation, University of Leicester

On 31 December 2014 the Institute of Learning Innovation (previously Beyond Distance Research Alliance) will close down. This is the end of a significant chapter for me and several colleagues, and I would venture to say, also for the global distance/online … Continue reading

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Some thoughts about CPD for academics who teach online

I was recently asked by a colleague to make some recommendations for a continuing professional development (CPD) programme for academics who teach online at a UK university, and thought I would share this on my blog in case it is … Continue reading

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Accredible’s self-proctoring tool to offer new opportunities for open learners

I just had a very interesting conversation with Danny King, CEO of the open learning recognition platform, Accredible. This young startup company aims to provide a new way for people to get credentials for their open, online learning, by providing tools … Continue reading

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Blurring the boundaries between ‘taught courses’, ‘distance learning’ and open education

Several UK universities that offer both campus-based and distance learning present their offerings on their websites as a choice between ‘taught courses’, ‘research programmes’ and ‘distance learning’ (or ‘online courses’ or some variant thereof). I think this terminology is interesting: … Continue reading

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