Education and Learning

The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: 25 Years of EdTech book – website suggestions? via GIPHY
As you may know, I turned my 25 Years of Ed Tech blog series into a book manuscript over the winter. This is my 5th book (does that make me ‘a writer’ now?), and like the previous two ...
The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: A core of immutability
As part of the OU’s 50th anniversary celebrations, they have a slot at the Hay Festival, and I’ve been invited to be part of the panel.
Sorry, I tried to play that cool, but as a book nerd – I’m ...
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The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: Connectivism and scale via GIPHY
In his recent post criticising the Creative Commons Certificate, which I won’t comment on, Stephen Downes repeats a claim he has made before about the scalability of the connectivist approach, stating:
One of the major objectives of our ...
The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: Liminal spaces, folklore and networks
At OER19 Kate Bowles’s keynote set me thinking, as she always does. She made the point that if we value things we should recognise them, so for example valuing ethical behaviour by institutions is encouraged by tables such as the ...
The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: GO-GN, UK OpenTextbooks and OER19
[Repost from the ALT blog]
In this post I am going to attempt to weave together three aspects: the UK Open Textbooks Project, the GO-GN network and the evolving nature of the OER conference. This year, we sponsored the OET19 ...
Annual Digital Lecture: Algorithms of Oppression
Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism
The landscape of information is rapidly shifting as new imperatives and demands push to the fore increasing investment in digital technologies. Yet, critical information scholars continue to demonstrate how digital technology and ...
How to explain scientific ideas: 6 SIMPLE tips from a communication expert | FameLab
Science communication lecturer Wendy Sadler MBE gives her six tips for explaining complex ideas to an audience.
Wendy supports FameLab, the world's leading science communication competition:
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The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: 50 years of IET At the OU I work in The Institute of Educational Technology (IET). This year the OU is celebrating it’s 50th, and thanks to some excellent historical research from my colleagues Lesley McGrath and Patrick McAndrew, we think we have a ...
The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: The great support mystery
This is sort of a companion post to a previous one on recognising different types of labour, particularly work associated with women. I enjoyed this article in Wonkhe from Cath Brown, the President of the Open University Students Association. She ...
The EdTechie Martin Weller's Personal Blog: Ranking Full Stop
Ranking Roger of The (English) Beat passed away yesterday, which caused me to reminisce about my first ever gig, seeing them play at the Rainbow in 1981. I posted a thread on Twitter, but then lay awake for much of ...
Season Trailer: Britain's Cold War Revealed
Launching on the 4 April with the opening of our brand new exhibition, our Cold War season explores the impact of the Cold War on Britain, in the corridors of power, in hidden government bunkers, and on daily life in ...
Holding History
Holding History is a stop-motion animation film made by young filmmakers during the summer of 2018. The group worked with professional filmmaker Nigel Kellaway to create the film.
Featuring 15 key stories from history, the film can be viewed as ...
Loyalty and Dissent: South Asia and the First World War
Find out about the resistance and upheaval in South Asia that existed alongside the loyalty and service of colonial troops in the First World War.
#FiveFilms4Freedom 2019 Official Trailer
The world’s widest-reaching LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) digital short-film programme returns from 21 to 31 March 2019.
The British Council, in partnership with BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival, makes five LGBTQ+ themed short films available for the ...
What are stars made of? | FameLab
Physics whizz Wendy Sadler MBE demonstrates how one of her science heroes, 20th century astronomer Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, used spectroscopy to discover what elements stars are made from.
Can you explain a scientific idea in just three minutes? Take part in ...
Nathan's internship was a bridge to China l Generation UK
Nathan spent two months interning in Beijing with Generation UK, and is now working as an industrial consultant with IoT ONE.
Generation UK - China was launched by the British Council in 2013. By 2020, it aims to help 80,000 ...
How internships in China benefit UK universities | Generation UK
Generation UK has developed partnerships with several UK universities, with bespoke internship programmes enabling their students to engage with China. Professor Stephen Shute from the University of Sussex believes the scheme serves as 'a beacon for the rest of the ...
‘Belfast in Love’, Culture Night 2018
The OU Ireland produced ‘Belfast in Love’ as part of its celebrations for Culture Night Belfast for which the theme was love. The video features creative writing students’ reciting work they wrote under the theme of ‘Belfast in Love’.
GO Wales Stori Rachael
Gwyliwch y fideo hwn i ddysgu am brofiadau un o’n myfyrwyr ar y rhaglen GO-Wales
GO Wales Stori Rachael - Cyflogwyr
Gwyliwch y fideo hwn i weld sut mae un o’n partneriaid-gyflogwyr wedi cefnogi myfyriwr OUiW ar ei raglen GO-Wales.
Guidance: 16 to 19 funding allocations supporting documents for 2019 to 2020 Information for 16 to 19 institutions about calculating their 16 to 19 revenue funding allocation.
Detailed guide: Industry placement capacity and delivery fund: principles for high quality industry placements for 2019 to 2020 Delivery of substantial industry placements in return for industry placement capacity and delivery fund (CDF) in 2019 to 2020.
Research and analysis: School improvement through school-to-school support A review of existing research about what works and what doesn’t in school-to-school support.
Notice: Memorandum of Understanding: Ofqual and the IfA An MoU describing how Ofqual and the Institute for Apprenticeships will work together.

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