Posts by University of Reading

Behind the Scenes at the Royal Palaces: Meet Lord Onslow

Ahead of the course A History of Royal Food and Feasting, from the University of Reading and Historic Royal Palaces, the team from Reading interviewed the historical interpreter who plays the part of Lord Onslow.

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2015: a pivotal year for creating a resilient society

Maria Noguer is lead educator on the University of Reading’s free online course “Our Changing Climate: Past, Present and Future“. Here, she discusses how three international agreements signed this year could help us create a society that’s more resilient to environmental, economic and social changes. 2015 is a year when the world’s governments sign three major…

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Why are dairy farmers taking to the streets in protest?

Andrew Ainslie is an educator on the University of Reading’s free online course, “Our Hungry Planet: Agriculture, People and Food Security“. In this post, he reflects on farmers’ recent protests about the price of milk and explains why milk is likely to be one of the most volatile agricultural commodities in future. The past 12 months…

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Looking back, looking forward: how the role of women in technology has changed in my 40 year career

For Ada Lovelace Day, Shirley Williams, an Emeritus Professor of Learning Technologies at the University of Reading, discusses how the role of women in technology has changed during her 40 year computing career. I recently retired. As my leaving date approached, I spent quite a lot of time sorting out my office and reflecting on how much the…

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Should every day be a Pancake Day?

To celebrate Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday), Sarah Cardey, lead educator on “Our Hungry Planet: Agriculture, People and Food Security,” discusses the origins of the day, before asking what it can teach us about the global issues of food waste and consumption. Today is Pancake Day – the last day before Ash Wednesday and the…

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Why is there a shortage of good programmers?

Professor Shirley Williams of the University of Reading asks why finding good programmers is so hard, before discussing how the free online course “Begin Programming: Build Your First Mobile Game” is designed to help. There is a myth that there is a shortage of programmers. However, in my experience when employers advertise for programmers they are…

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A heart in your hands: practical exercises revealed for ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Cardiovascular Disease’

Cardiovascular disease affects so many of us – in fact, coronary heart disease is the single biggest killer in the UK and around the world. Here, the Heart Health team at the University of Reading, explain how their free online course “Heart Health: A Beginner’s Guide to Cardiovascular Disease” will help you get a handle on…

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Beyond the template manager

Martin Bicknell, lead educator of the University of Reading’s free online course, ‘Managing People: Engaging Your Workforce, discusses the importance of successful management in the workplace. It’s always an interesting time when something you’ve been thinking about for ages comes close to fruition.  Our course on managing people started on Monday and so it’s a…

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Xiao’s story can help inspire other learners whose first language is not English

The MOOC team from the University of Reading talks about the academic journey of one of their former international students, Xiao, and how studying English has helped him develop writing skills, vocabulary and grammar.   For students whose first language is not English, improving their language skills is the first step on the path to…

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Sixth form students visit University of Reading after taking a course on FutureLearn

Following the free online course, ‘Begin programming: build your first mobile game’ last month, a group of sixth form students from Ousedale School were invited to the University of Reading to meet the team behind the MOOC. A group of sixth form students and their teachers from Ousedale School near Milton Keynes took the University…

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