Frances Bell

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Listen to the mother’s voice

IMG_9388, a photo by frances bell on Flickr. This blog post is a bit of a departure for me – it is intensely personal and provoked by the tragedy of the death of Savita Halappanavar in a Galway hospital following the miscarriage of her 17 week foetus.  I don’t usually post on personal issues but…

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PhD as Time Team Episode

Preface:I was prompted to write this post by my colleague Andrew Basden’s interpretation of my ‘ critique’ of the area in which he researches and supervises PhDs. However, as I approach the end of this phase of my career (I leave Salford in January 2013), I have been reflecting on various activities, PhD supervison being…

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PLE Conference 2012 Unkeynote 1

Antonio de Figuerido and Frances Bell were invited to give the opening unkeynote at the PLE 2012 Conference at the University of Aveiro, Portugal on 10 July.   We hope that the resources we provide here and elsewhere might become part of our PLEs. Conference participants and other interested parties were invited to submit questions in…

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Using Linked-in to help ourselves and our network

(This blog post is to support a session I am doing today with colleagues at Salford). Joining  Linked-in To get started on Linked-in, the online professional networking site, you will need to go to the site and join up (consider using an external email address if you are likely to change jobs).. This video can…

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PLE Conference in Aveiro, Portugal and Melbourne

The 2012 Personal Learning Environment (PLE) Conference is being held simultaneously in Aveiro (Portugal) and Melbourne (Australia) in July this year. You can submit paper 1200 word extended abstracts for full papers or 700 words for short papers, posters and doctoral consortium panel participation and there will soon be news on other types of presentation,…

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Lansley’s Health Bill -Lolcatted in No 10

In the UK, many of our cherished institutions are under threat from the coalition government, none more so than our beloved NHS.  Today a petition to “Drop the Health Bill” http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22670 passed the magic 100,000 signatures that will help it to be considered in parliament. In celebration of this momentous occasion, I have LOLcatted an…

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Schnuffel is a post looking for a topic

Schnuffel, a photo by amonja on Flickr. Do you like Schnuffel? I blogged this pic as a demo today but now think he is so cute can anyone suggest a topic for a post to go with this pic? Ideas please.

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Comparing two publication channels – academic journals and blogs

    I am going to throw out a few initial ideas about comparing academic journals and blogs as publication channels, as a kick off to a writing project I’ll be doing with Cristina Costa. Let me start by saying that it is very difficult to generalise about either academic journals or blogs as channels…

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Increasing the relevance, audience and reach of a scholarly journal

In another post I wrote about Research in Learning Technology’s move to Open Access and since then the transition has taken place. The web site is open for business so authors can submit their papers for consideration. Our full back catalog is available so researchers and practitioners can search for relevant content knowing that there…

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Open Access is a piece for cake for Research in Learning Technology

Research in Learning Technology , the journal for the Association for Learning Technology, is going Open Access from January 2012 (with Rhona Sharpe, I am co-editor of the journal).  ALT’s plans for Open Access publishing have developed over several years, and we are very keen that this move can extend the impact of the journal…

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