Category Archives: Policies

Where next for tuition at the Open University?

Should Open University students be entitled to particular types and amounts of tuition during their studies?  Should provision be consistent across tutor groups, regions and nations, and qualifications?  What are the most successful pedagogical strategies for online synchronous sessions?  How … Continue reading

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Higher Ambitions for elearning?

The UK government recently released a paper: Higher Ambitions: The future of universities in a knowledge economy. There’s a short section on digital learning hidden within this 115 page document on p78-79. Three points emerge clearly: University leaderships will have … Continue reading

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Principles for future VLE/LMS development

A group of us met earlier in the year from my office and from Learning and Teaching Solutions at the Open University to discuss some of our ideas around the future development of our Moodle-based VLE/LMS. Out of this discussion … Continue reading

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HEFCE's new strategy for e-learning

The Higher Education Funding Council for England has issued a document called Enhancing learning and teaching through the use of technology: A revised approach to HEFCE’s strategy for e-learning. Naturally I was interested to see what they are recommending. Various … Continue reading

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Dangers in selling your soul to Google

At the Oxford Shock of the Old Conference: I’ve just listened to a thought provoking talk by Ian Bell, Records Manager and Information Compliance Officer at the University of Dundee. It would be fun to get Ian in the same … Continue reading

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Open University and support for Mac users

Moving to a browser-based rather than PC-based policy has been on the cards for a while at the OU. Now Macworld has picked up on our new Mac policy which is summarised here: Since the 1990s The Open University has … Continue reading

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Course start and end dates: a moveable feast

The Open University of the Netherlands, as previously reported, doesn’t have fixed start and end dates for their courses which means that conventional VLEs (LMSs) don’t easily fit their business model. Courses with fixed start and end dates – where … Continue reading

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Going Dutch

During the last couple of days I was at the Open University of the Netherlands where I had in-depth discussions with Kathleen Schlusmans, Henry Hermans, Steven Verjans and others, and discovered that they are struggling with almost exactly the same … Continue reading

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