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listening, speaking, acting for change

Respect. Justice. Equality. Most of us aim to embody and enact these values in the work we do, in all our interactions, in all the spaces we inhabit. In a world of increasing inequality, these values demand much of us — especially white people in relation to racism. The quote in the image above is from Audre Lorde’s ‘Learning from the 60s’,…

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Proceed with care

Image: CC BY Mark Fosh (Flickr) As the COVID-19 virus crisis worsens, the local/global and personal/professional boundaries (already admittedly thin) have been obliterated almost entirely this week. Yesterday (March 12) Ireland’s Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, announced new measures to combat Covid-19 in Ireland. These include closing all schools, colleges, universities and childcare facilities until March 29, at least, as well as limiting the…

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2019: change and hope

hope is an axe I am starting 2020 quietly and reflectively, and as ever, hopeful for the year ahead. It has been a year of many changes. Impossible to capture it all, but as the year turns I want to mark some milestones of 2019. Working with the National Forum At the start of 2019, I’d been in my new role at…

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Ready for #OER19

Image by amandaortman (Pixabay) It has been a whirlwind, a unique learning experience, and a privilege to work these past 14 months with my OER19 co-chair Laura Czerniewicz, with ALT‘s star team of Maren Deepwell, Martin Hawksey and Jane Marsh, with a fabulous conference committee and Galway planning team and with a global network of open educators, researchers, and critical advocates who…

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New horizons

CC BY ktylerconk (Flickr) Very brief announcement: I’m delighted to say that at the end of October I will be joining Ireland’s National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (@ForumTL) as a Strategic Education Developer. The National Forum works across all higher education institutions in Ireland with the mission of enhancing teaching and learning for all students. As a neutral and…

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Reflecting before #ALTC: personal & political

Equality CC BY-NC juergo (Flickr) I initially qualified and worked as an engineer, but for the past 25+ years I have worked as an educator — mostly in higher education, but also in different community contexts and in the tech industry. At ALT’s 25th annual conference next month, Frances Bell and I will facilitate a workshop titled: A personal, feminist and critical retrospective…

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Open education in higher education: policy recommendations

CC BY-SA catherinecronin (Flickr), remix of original image CC BY Nadine Shaabana Three months ago, I submitted and openly published my PhD thesis, Openness and praxis. The aim of the study was to understand whether, why, how, and to what extent individual educators used open educational practices (OEP) — with OEP defined as the creation, use and reuse of open educational resources…

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Privacy, openness, and contextual integrity – #NLC2018

CC BY-NC carnagenyc (Flickr) I’ve another blog post brewing from all that’s transpired in the past month, particularly the #OER18 and #OEGlobal Conferences, but today I’m presenting at the Networked Learning Conference and want to capture a few links here. I’ll be sharing some of the results from my PhD research, but want also to foreground work that has been instrumental in…

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PhD thesis: Openness and praxis

obligatory thesis photo Yesterday I formally submitted my thesis to NUI Galway. It is done! There are so many gateways and milestones in the doctoral process: each year’s progression (via Graduate Research Committee review), thesis submission for examination, the viva, completion of final corrections, printing and binding the final version, formal submission, and uploading the open access version. It is important to…

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