Good news for September

Here is the news that I shared with the VC and other heads of department at today’s news sharing meeting. The previous meeting was back in June so there were some items from a while back.

Following an assessment exercise in June 2014, the University has successfully retained the Investors in People Gold award. Thanks to Alison, Vicky and everyone else involved in the assessment visit.

As an Assessment Centre for the Institute of Leadership and Management, OCSLD has supported the Business Faculty to recognise their Certificate in Executive Coaching and Mentoring as an ILM Award to sit alongside OCSLD’s existing Certificate in Coaching and Mentoring (see ILM Progression Flyer.PDF). There is interest from other parts of the university in creating ILM awards.

George Roberts was promoted to Principal Lecturer Student Experience over the summer. George and colleagues who are working on open online courses have had a paper entitled “Transformational Learning Design for Open and Blended Learning” accepted for the conference on 26-27 November 2014 at the Open University.

Neil Currant gave a paper at the HEIR conference here at Brookes in early September titled ‘Addressing concerns of black students in their academic experiences in a predominantly white university’.

Oxford Brookes have been invited to participate in an European Commission study to gain understanding of the barriers and incentives to transformation of higher education through use of ICT (one of only 2 UK study sites selected).

Publications since the last good news meeting:

  •  Sharpe, R. (2014), What does it take to learn in next generation learning spaces?, in Kym Fraser (ed.) The Future of Learning and Teaching in Next Generation Learning Spaces (International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Volume 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.123-146. DOI: 10.1108/S1479-362820140000012011
  • International version of Teaching Online published by Epigeum to complement the UK version. Rhona was international version editor,

Two OCSLD staff, George Roberts and Kathy Greethurst, will be reading their poetry as part of the National Poetry day (this Thursday 2 October 1-2pm in a corner of Simon Williams Undergraduate Centre, Wheatley Campus). This coincides with the launch of George’s first published collection of poetry – When life looks like easy street.

The next news sharing event is in November. Please let me know if you have any news to share.


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Rhona Sharpe

Rhona is Head of the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development at Oxford Brookes University. Her interests are around developing and tutoring online courses, developing learners for a digital age, and  pedagogic research. Rhona is one of the co-founders of ELESIG (Evaluation of Learners’ Experiences of e-learning Special Interest Group), a Senior Fellow of the Staff and Educational Development Association, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow. She is Editor of the Brookes eJournal for Learning and Teaching.

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