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am really enjoying being a consultant. It’s great to be able to work from home. I’m involved in a range of interesting projects, including reviewing PhDs and research papers, undertaking a review of a university and its learning and teaching activities, and giving presentations and running workshops. I also enjoy posting on my blog about the activities I am involved with as well as summarizing interesting articles. I find my blog a useful way of reflecting and commenting on things that are happening, and it’s great to get feedback from people… although not so great to get spam messages. I’ve been blogging since 2007 (gosh is it really that long!!) and was inspired to do those after reading Martin Weller’s excellent blog. It’s interesting (or sad…) to think that more people read my blog posts than my research articles. The blogosphere is a useful way of keeping up with what is happening, for example Martin recently blogged about the OERxDomains conference. This site lists some of the advantages of blogging:


·      To share your passion

·      To educate others

·      To gain exposure

·      To build authority

·      To rank in search engines

·      To have content to share



Work comes in on an ad hoc basis, usually after being recommended by someone. It’s great to be able to communicate with people using tools such as Zoom or Teams, and it’s useful that events can be recorded. Being an independent consultant means that I can control what I am involved with and I try and keep posts short, and include relevant links.

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