The half-dozen most read posts written and published here during 2013 were:
- How to start a riot – The Worklight Theatre Company visit Derby Theatre with their production based on the research of Stott and Reicher into the psychology behind the 2011 riots.
- edX 6.00x – time for the final exam, but will MOOCs be bad for social mobility? – Some thoughts on the advent of MOOCs and their potential unexpected consequences on social mobility.
- edX 6.00x – final thoughts – a measured review of the first presentation of edX 6.00x (An Introduction to Computer Science and Programming).
- How have OU student numbers been affected by the £2,500 module fee in England? – the jury is still out, but with overall enrolments to part-time HE courses having fallen by nearly 27% since the new tuition fees regime was introduced, the OU is having to adapt rather more rapidly than most to survive.
- Why I’m still here – as a member of the Liberal Democrats. It’s encouraging to see that there are more of us around at the end of 2013 than there were at the start.
- The crisis in the UK part-time higher education sector – in bar chart form.
Not written in 2013 (but still attracting a phenomenal number of views) was an account of my trials and tribulations with NS&I online in 2011. It would appear that despite correspondence with their press office as a result of the coverage here and promises of a revamp during the year (which I don’t believe has happened) that things are still as bad as they ever were.
Finally, thank you for visiting and I wish you all a peaceful and prosperous New Year in 2014.