“Fervent OERu supporters need to soak themselves in a bath of realism.”

June 8, 2012

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Last Thursday I gave my “end-of-SCORE-fellowship” presentation to a group of other SCORE fellows at the Open University. It was a bit premature, because I had only just received all the survey data (42 respondentsfrom UK HEIs  – thank you to everyone who participated) and was still in the process of gathering data via the […]

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“It feels good to give… but does it feel good to get?”

June 1, 2012

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Continuing the strand of interviews with thought leaders in Higher Education in the UK, this post contains the highlights from an interview I had earlier this month with Amber Thomas, who is Programme Manager, Digital Infrastructure at JISC. Many thanks to Amber for her time and input into this research. GW: This is a very […]

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The big question is: who is going to give the student the qualification and how is that going to be validated?

May 29, 2012

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Last week I interviewed the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Salford, Professor Martin Hall,  about his views on the OER university concept. This blog post contains a lightly edited transcript of the conversation. For entertainment value, I’ve included the bits where Martin turned the tables and started interviewing me… (By the way, I’m not sure […]

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“I look upon this as a playground.”

May 27, 2012

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This blog post contains the transcript from an interview I held with Professor Jeff Haywood, Vice Principal, Knowledge Management and Chief Information Officer of the University of Edinburgh. Jeff is leading the University of Edinburgh’s participation in a European initiative called OERTest, which is testing the feasibility of OER course certification, and so I was eager […]

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“Don’t underestimate the earthquakes… What would happen if the physical university were no longer available?”

May 24, 2012

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This post is a summary of my interview with Herbert Thomas, Electronic Learning Media Team Leader at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, about his thoughts on the implementation of the OER university concept. Comments and contributions from the open education community will be welcomed. Many thanks to Herbert for his input. GW: Could you give […]

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“We’ll be aiming at a self-contained student who is resolutely going to keep persevering…”

May 24, 2012

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Earlier this year, I interviewed Kevin Bell, who spoke to me in his role as Associate Vice President for Learning and Development, College of Online and Continuing Education at Southern New Hampshire University (which was recently nominated as one of the 50 most innovative companies in the world by FastCompany). Since the interview, Kevin has […]

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“I don’t see the death of the university that some people are going on about.”

May 24, 2012

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Here is the interview I had with Irwin DeVries (Director of Instructional Design for Thompson Rivers University: Open Learning, Canada) earlier this year about how his institution was planning to implement the OERu concept. Many thanks to Irwin for his contribution to this process. GW: Could you give me a bit of background to Thompson […]