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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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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

Designing an online tutorial from a student perspective

In this blog, Carol Edwards and Andrew Maxfield discuss their recent research into the likes and dislikes of Open University students within online tutorial rooms. The blog highlights some of the authors’ key findings, how the authors have used these findings to influence a new tutorial programme on a new LLB level one module and shares the views of Open University students on this.

18th July 2023
A picture of a university lecture hall. Students are participating in the lecture by raising their hands.

Achieving successful outcomes in student online collaborative activities

Getting students to collaborate online as part of their studies is often assumed to be a 'good thing' - but why? And if it is a 'good thing', how can we ensure that students are able to benefit from this kind of learning?

28th June 2023
Two policeman in uniform standing in a train station. Their high visibility jackets have the word "Police" written on the back.

Beyond learning design, landing learning in the real world

We can create brilliantly designed learning programmes but if we forget to take account of the contexts, environments and cultures that learning takes place within even the very best learning designs may flounder and fail to deliver their intent. 

26th June 2023
The photograph shows an online meeting taking place on the screen of a laptop and tablet

Online tutorials and active participation – what do students think?

Two colleagues from The Open University Business School (OUBS) present a selection of findings from a recent survey showing what the Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) students think of active participation in online tutorials.

19th June 2023
A globe of the world with the camera focusing on Africa and it's countries

Equipping Graduates for the Global Stage: Constructing an International Employability Skills Framework

Dr Charles Mbalyohere and Jessica Giles explore the theme of international employability arising from an ongoing collaborative research project between The Open University and Makerere University in Uganda.

12th June 2023
A person sitting at a desk with a pile of books, typing on a laptop

Business and Management Degree Apprenticeships – a quiet revolution, a work-in-progress, or business-as-usual?

With the rise of degree apprenticeships as a growing route into higher education learning, the time is right to examine the implications of degree apprenticeships’ role within the sector, and to raise some questions about the role of formal work-based learning in future workforce development.

1st June 2023

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