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We are the very model of a modern university

We are the very model of a modern university

We come from many disciplines and represent diversity

We know the kings of England, and we order books historical

And digital resources, too, in order categorical

We’re very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,

We understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,

We teach and offer services financial and professional

About our student outcomes we are more or less obsessional

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We’re very good at teaching and supporting learners earnestly

Yet due to UUK and their new pension scheme perversity

We face retirement poverty and monet’ry adversity

We are the very model of a modern university

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We spend our time in labs elucidating vital science

Yet today we’re here on picket lines expressing our defiance

Now you’d think the brightest minds deserve the best in actuarial

But when I see the calculations they just make me very ill

We’ve come from health and geography, the arts and sociology

The least that USS can do is offer an apology

To researchers and admin staff, to IT and careers folk

It seems that UUK see us as little more than just a joke

You’d think that our hard work would earn us thanks and good intentions

But it seems our dedication now is hardly worth a mention, so

We face retirement poverty and monet’ry adversity

What IS the very model of a modern university?

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NOOCing Nottingham – my presentation from the ALT-C conference

Nottingham’s NOOC was an online course on Perspectives on Sustainability open to all staff and students at all three campuses of the University of Nottingham. Here’s the presentation from my talk about it at the Association for Learning Technology conference this week (sorry it’s a bit late!). Click into post for NOOCing Nottingham PDF

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Theories of learning – the ultimate in personalisation

News reached me today of an interesting new model of learning design from the Applied Pedagogic Research Institute of Learning – an international consortium of researchers and practitioners from Finland, Oman, Okayama and Luxembourg – which promises to ‘promote individual attainment through authentic learning practice via user-driven acquisition of learning

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