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PhD by Publication

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Today I can christen this mug which was sent to me by my friend and collaborator, Mariana Funes (herself a Dr of long-standing) at the end of March, when I was told by my examiners that I had been awarded a PhD subject to three minor revisions.

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PhD by Publication – Selection of Papers

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In her book, PhD by Published Work , Susan Smith writes that one of the disadvantages of this route to a PHD is that ‘ it is tricky to retrospectively shoe-horn diverse papers into a post hoc theme’ (p.34).

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Crafting Research

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This seminar that I attended last week on crafting research was very interesting. It was organised by the Department of Organisation, Work and Technology at Lancaster University, UK, and delivered by Professor Hugh Willmott from City University London.

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Teaching and Learning in 2017 and beyond

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This is the time of year when many authors/commentators are getting into reflective mode and writing reviews of 2017, not only looking back but also looking forward.

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Why do a PhD by Publication?

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Why do a PhD at all? I have considered this question many times since I completed my MA in 1997 when I was asked by the awarding University department to continue to do a PhD. I declined.

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#SOCRMx Week 5: Data Analysis

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In this second half of the Introduction to Social Research Methods course the focus shifts from data generation and research methods to data analysis. Click on image for source).

2017 64

#SOCRMx Week 7: Objectivity and Subjectivity in Social Research

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The past two weeks in the Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC (SOCRMx) have covered ‘How to Lie with Statistics’ (Week 6 Quantitative data analysis) and ‘Interpretation and Trustworthiness in Qualitative Data Analysis’ (Week 7).

2017 52

#FLvirtualrome : An exciting MOOC about Ancient Rome

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Last week I stumbled across a fantastic MOOC – FutureLearn’s course on the history and architecture of Rome. I wasn’t looking for this course, but Rome is a city that I have recently thought I would like to visit and then FutureLearn’s newsletter listing this course landed in my inbox.

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#openedMOOC Week 3: The 5Rs, CC, and open Licensing

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This image is a screenshot taken from a YouTube video – [link]. I have been working independently, i.e. not in an educational institution, for the past 12 years, so my take on this week’s content of Week 3 of the openedMOOC is probably not typical.

2017 52

Edinburgh University’s updated Manifesto for Teaching Online – 2015

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In June of this year I published a blogpost about the changing role of the online teacher , following an invitation from Lisa Lane to write a post for her open Program for Online Teaching.

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Harmony and hope as pedagogies for 2018

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This week’s OLDaily , the online newsletter published by Stephen Downes, includes a discussion about ‘a pedagogy of harmony’.

2018 43

cMOOCs and xMOOCs – key differences

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As xMOOCs become more successful and begin to experiment with pedagogies that go beyond the didactic video lecture approach, I have been trying to understand the essential differences between the original connectivist MOOCs such as CCK08 and the current xMOOCs such as those offered by Coursera.

#NRC01PL Personal Learning Assistants

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Source of image (see Footnote). This week I have lost my wonderful personal trainer who has been coming to me twice a week for the past three years or so.

2016 81

Questions about online ‘openness’

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Source of image. What motivates academics and teachers to get involved in areas of practice that are NOT supported by their institutions? Why invest even longer hours in supporting educational practice? My dentist doesn’t give me free root canal treatment outside of work?

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‘The New World’. Fact and Truth in 2017

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Source of image. Every day this week, BBC Radio 4 is broadcasting a 45-minute programme at 9.00 am bearing the title ‘The New World’. This is a series of programmes examining the major forces that are changing the world around us.

2017 64

Hand Cycling around Bali

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Map of Bali. At the beginning of this month I joined a group of hand cyclists who were raising money for REGAIN by cycling 320 km around Bali. Photo by Liz Pardey, Volunteer at Bali Sports Foundation.

2017 55

The Rhizome as a Metaphor for Learning in a MOOC

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This is the first in a series of 4 blog posts which Frances Bell and Jenny Mackness have written in preparation for a presentation that we will give at the ALTMOOCSIG conference – MOOCs – Which Way Now? on Friday June 27 th . Source of image: Sylvano Bussoti.

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Shake up your life

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Today I have been to the funeral of a friend who I knew for more than 30 years. This is the second funeral I have been to recently. The first was to celebrate the life of a man cut off in his prime by bowel cancer (he was still in his 50s).

2015 71

Exploring the Divided Brain – a 4 day course with Iain McGilchrist. Day 1 (am)

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During this course, run by Field & Field , Iain McGilchrist spoke to us twice a day, for an hour and a half at the start of the day and an hour and three quarters in the late afternoon, although these times were flexible and usually ran over.

2016 58

ModPo – Learn how to undo the way in which we read

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Al Filreis’ Modern and Contemporary American Poetry (ModPo) open course/Coursera MOOC has started again today. This is the third iteration of this course. I didn’t catch it first time around, but I did complete the course last year (2013).

2014 84

Open Educational Resources and Pedagogy

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Dave White’s presentation to FSLT12 yesterday included a number of thought-provoking ideas. In the past I have heard Dave speak a number of times about ‘Visitors and Residents’ in the online environment.

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#openedMOOC begins October 1st

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David Wiley and George Siemens are offering a new 6 week MOOC – Introduction to Open Education – on EdX at the beginning of October.

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Open teaching and learning

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Source of image . My work in July has been more face-to-face than I have been used to in recent years. This has been a pleasure and illuminating in many respects, and has caused me to reflect once again on the meaning of ‘openness’ in teaching and learning.

2015 71

ALTMOOCSIG Conference: MOOCs – Which way now?

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MOOCs – Which way now? This was the question for the ALTMOOCSIG day conference (Friday June 27 th ) which was hosted at UCL. As an independent consultant and researcher, I have to think carefully about where to invest my time and resources.

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Diversity is hard

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Source of image. dana boyd has written a post in which she discusses why America is self-segregating and she comes up with a few suggestions such as the role of social media in segregating people into filter bubbles and echo chambers.

If space is a becoming what kind of spaces do we need for learning?

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The second keynote at the Networked Learning Conference 2016 was presented by Sian Bayne. The title of her keynote was Campus Codespaces for Networked Learning , which she framed around the question ‘Do we need other ways to think about networked learning space?’.

2016 58

Access to open teaching and learning

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This week I have been reminded that I cannot assume that everyone working in education will have online access as and when they want it. I live in a beautiful part of the UK – Southern Cumbria – a county filled with mountains and lakes and lushly green because of all the rain we get.

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#openedMOOC Week 4: Open Teaching

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The topic for this week is ‘Creating, Finding and Using OERs and a lot of resources have been provided to follow up on this. More interesting for me, was the initial discussion in the Week 4 videos about open pedagogy and how networks can enable learning.

2017 34

PhD by Publication and Collaboration

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A PhD is always (as far as I know) an individual piece of work. The point is to make and defend an individual contribution to knowledge in your given field.

2017 40

#SOCRMx End of Week 3 Reflections

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This is the third week of the Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC , which I am finding both very useful and frustrating at the same time.

2017 34

#openedMOOC Week 2: Copyright, the Public Domain, and the Commons

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An infographic created by Shihaam Donnelly from [link]. This week’s videos and readings are a lot more interesting than I anticipated.

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Art I have enjoyed in 2014

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This year I have tried to take every opportunity to see an exhibition if it is in an area I am visiting. I am recording here some of the exhibitions and art I have seen and enjoyed in 2014. January. In January I started exploring rhizomatic learning for research purposes.

2014 71

A-Z of authors I have learned from this year

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To follow my last post – A-Z of my year – I have been thinking about my reading this year. Unlike the last one, this A-Z is not a complete list. For some letters of the alphabet there is more than one author. For others, there are none.

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Presenting at the 10th Networked Learning Conference, Lancaster

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In a couple of weeks I will present a paper with Jutta Pauschenwein at the 10 th Networked Learning Conference in Lancaster, which is very convenient as it is less than half an hour from my home. I think this image below will be the first slide of our presentation, but we are still working on it.

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The Pedagogy of ModPo

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(Click on the image to enlarge it).

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Academic Writing as a ‘Desire to Relate’

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A couple of days ago, Nancy White posted this video on Facebook (thank you for sharing it Nancy). David Gregson : A Desire To Relate from Creative Matters on Vimeo.

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An Introduction to the Divided Brain – Part 1

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For the past four days I have been attending a 4 day course run by Field & Field , in a beautiful location near Broadway in the Cotswolds.

2015 60

Drawing to think

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I will start by saying that I do not draw to think, even though I do occasionally draw. I write to think, which is why I am writing this post. Let me explain. Next week I will attend a one day symposium at Lancaster University on ‘The Materiality of Nothing’.

2016 46

Are MOOCs immune to rigorous investigation?

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The title of this post is taken from David Wiley’s blog post that he made earlier this year. And this week on Twitter Apostolos Koutropoulos commented that there is currently a lot of comment on MOOCs, but much less research.

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#SOCRMx: Week 3 – Working with images

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I have found the working with images resources in the Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC very stimulating. According to the information provided in this course, visual methods are becoming increasingly popular.

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