Finishing school is a big deal, but then what?

Last week I attended the launch for the “Post-School Access Map” at the Wits Business School, Johannesburg. The web-based resource that was launched gives information on opportunities and choices for after school, and has been developed by BRIDGE with funding and support from the Zenex Foundation.

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I was inspired by how well the launch event was attended, with people from all levels within the education sector and many organisations and schools represented. It was a very focused event, which was great, as one can easily get lost and overwhelmed discussing the myriad of challenges in education, resulting in the discussion being diluted. But, the majority of the discussion was acutely focused on how to enable learners, and their support structures, to identify and pursue opportunities after school.

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Open fellowship with the OER Research Hub

I started at the OER Research Hub as part of my open fellowship on 20 January and spent two and a half weeks with the group within the Institute of Education Technology. I am now back in Cape Town at Siyavula, as we continue with our research into looking at the impact of our OER on educators in South Africa. So far, my fellowship with the OERRH has been extremely beneficial and a wonderful learning and sharing experience. Following are some of the highlights from this experience so far.

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Summary of my OERRH fellowship activities

I started at the OER Research Hub as part of my fellowship on 20 January and spent three weeks with the group within the Institute of Education Technology at the Open University. This post is just a short summary and overview of my activities and a place to store all the links, references and contacts I have made.

The Jennie Lee Building at the Open University in Milton Keynes, which houses the Institute of Education Technology.

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First week with the OERRH in the IET at the OU in the UK

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I arrived in the chilly UK on 18 January and after a lightning tour of London, I headed out to Milton Keynes, a new town/city by British standards, made obvious by its abundant use of traffic circles! Milton Keynes is home to the Open University (OU) where I will be spending 2 and a half weeks as part of my open fellowship with the OER Research Hub (OERRH), housed within the Institute of Education Technology (IET). (Only when I arrived here did I start to figure out how all these abbreviations fit together!)

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