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This blog features a wide variety of articles on various aspects of online teaching and learning in business and law.

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Learning to work whilst working to learn: Is the degree apprenticeship a route for me?

Being a degree apprenticeship student is a demanding experience. We are often asked by prospective students: how do they do it, and what is it like? In this blog we aim to answer some of those questions.

6th June 2024

The ‘Carousel of Scholarship’: how to ride its ups and downs

This blog is a teaser for the more detailed scholarship outputs to follow from the project entitled “What Regional Academics need as researchers and leaders of Scholarship”. It encapsulates overarching themes from focus groups and provides tips on balancing the ups and downs of scholarship, whether you are experienced or new to the field.

21st May 2024

Redesigning the Practice Tutor Induction using a co-design approach (part 2)

In this follow on blog, Angelique Johnstone discusses the process she and Anna Colantoni took to involve practice tutors in redesigning their induction and training programmes for the management and leadership apprenticeships in the Faculty of Business and Law at The Open University. 

1st May 2024
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What happens when apprentices are made redundant

Research from Sarah Bloomfield, Fran Myers, and Kristen Reid at The Open University shows that the risk of redundancy is a huge issue in apprenticeship delivery.

16th January 2024
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What is most important when integrating ‘green skills’ and sustainability topics into learning and teaching strategies?

This blogpost by Dr Inge Hill showcases the importance of engaging students with resources related to embedding sustainability and shares her reflections in how you can apply her findings into your teaching practice.

11th December 2023

Understanding what practice tutors in the Faculty of Business and Law need and want in their induction

This blog explores the factors in improving student retention for apprentices, with insights from practice tutors and how they can be equipped to support the students learning journey.

6th December 2023

Research on lecture recordings – the value of small-scale qualitative approaches

Providing access to recordings of university classes, such as lectures and tutorials, has become a mainstream trend in higher education of the last two decades - but is this an effective learning tool?  

6th November 2023

Do we need a unified perspective of reflective practice for policing students?

As professional educators we might all recognise that reflective practice is a useful tool for personal and professional development, but do we all have the same understanding of the practice? Does it matter?

3rd October 2023

The impact on students' learning experience of incorporating background music into audio-visual content within online learning

Colleagues from The Open University Business School and the School of Engineering and Innovation discuss their recent scholarship research project investigating the effects of background music used in audio-visual materials.

8th August 2023

Four challenges of incorporating Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) into teaching programmes, and possible solutions

SoTL holds immense potential to enhance teaching and learning, yet its successful integration into teaching programmes is not without challenges. Professor Jacqueline Baxter explores some common obstacles that educators face and potential strategies to address them.

26th July 2023

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