Category Archives: EdD General

Sacred plant medicines and other tangents

I had a pretty long meeting with David on Friday. We talked a bit about my thesis but the main point of the meeting was to discuss ideas about the workshop I did at the PESGB conference a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Some notes on the EdD Colloquium

On Saturday 1 July, delegates from EdD programmes across the UK and beyond came to Oxford Brookes to present and discuss work in progress, and hear from keynote speakers on the theme of Academic Voices. Dr Felicity Fletcher-Campbell from the … Continue reading

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The good life?

I’ve not written much over midwinter, mainly because anything I write at this time of year sounds so morose and apathetic that people start to worry about me. But Spring is coming so here I am. I’ve been reading quite a … Continue reading

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#CPC15: A experiment in conversation

I spent the weekend up in Manchester volunteering with Counterfire and the People’s Assembly at Take Back Manchester; a series of protest events around the Conservative Party Conference. For me this had the potential to be much more than just … Continue reading

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Talking about conversation

I’m having a funny old summer. It feels like everything is shifting around me. There’s not much more worth saying about that, but it provides a vague picture of the unstable backdrop behind the reading that I’ve been doing to prepare for the … Continue reading

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Texts, triangles and getting into the minds of others (or not)

Aldridge, D (2013) The logical priority of the question: R. G Collingwood, philosophical hermeneutics and enquiry-based learning. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 47 (1), pp71-85 I’ve been meaning to read this for a while as I’d picked up a vague … Continue reading

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My EdD thesis plan

It suddenly dawned on me on Monday, during an early morning run in Victoria Park, what I wanted to do for my thesis. The idea had in fact been gestating from the moment the General Election exit poll was broadcast four days earlier, when … Continue reading

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A principled approach to teacher accreditation?

I’ve been thinking about how to square my concerns about neoliberalism and performativity with the aspect of my role that measures teaching capability through the Professional Standards Framework. One train of thought is about the value to teachers of having the accreditation. … Continue reading

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The will to learn

I had an unexpectedly good time at the Ped-RIO pilot workshop in Birmingham on 20 March. The purpose of this session was to introduce an impact assessment resource for teacher CPD that had been developed by Plymouth University for the … Continue reading

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GLAD conference – thoughts on the purpose of higher education in Art & Design

I attended the Group for Learning & Teaching in Art & Design conference last week. It is the organisation’s 25th anniversary and the opening panel’s task was to reflect upon the change in art & design higher education over that … Continue reading

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Taking stock… what am I supposed to be doing again…?

Two months have passed since my last trip to Oxford and we have another one coming up in two weeks. I feel that I’ve been ticking over rather than really attacking the reading I wanted to do; I’ve had a burning desire to read, … Continue reading

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Measuring teaching excellence

Last week I went to an open seminar at Queen Mary titled ‘How can we measure Teaching Excellence?’ Given I’m one of those people who would prefer the first word to be missing from that title, I made a concerted … Continue reading

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Isolation and the distance learner

A couple of years ago I was asked to lead a seminar at the LSE for their Network-Ed series on the needs of the distance learner. Arguably the biggest challenge the distance learner faces is isolation, the effects of which … Continue reading

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My writing self – SWOT analysis

Murray, R. (2013) Writing for Academic Journals. Open University Press. I found myself doing a little SWOT analysis of my ‘writing self’ while working through the first chapter of Murray’s very readable book: Strengths Okay – so, some good stuff … Continue reading

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And so it begins again…

Three-and-a-half months off… was that too long? In some ways it doesn’t feel long enough – it’s been a busy summer what with SOSI and Early Career Researcher training – So here I am drumming up enthusiasm for studying. Doesn’t take much … Continue reading

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Reflections on delivering a workshop on Open Educational Practice

I’ve been leading workshops on Open Educational Practice for 2-3 years and today was the first time I’ve had my final question turned around on me – ‘Lindsay, what will YOU do as a result of the workshop?’. My mind was … Continue reading

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Why do I teach?

I’m currently putting together my assessment portfolio for Writing for Academic Practice, and I found myself going off on an interesting tangent while explaining the personal relevance of the International Journal of Academic Development. I was considering why – having … Continue reading

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The value of the printed book in the liquid modernity

I have to admit that I am feeling converted already to the idea of the book as a vehicle of academic communication, having got through five eighths of one. As a child I devoured books, but my academic career began … Continue reading

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Why I’m blogging my way through the EdD

I became interested in blogs as a learning tool back in 2008 when I was working as an e-learning development officer at the University of Bath and embarking on a Masters in Education. I have no idea what actually sparked … Continue reading

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First assignment in, getting back down to it…

My RRW1 assignment is done and dusted, and Brendan has escaped to the other side of the world for over three weeks. It is summer there. It is still winter here and I am alone except for two bored-looking cats. But … Continue reading

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