Some Thoughts on Online Virtual Graduate Schools

For a project I undertook a few months ago, I was asked to present a vision for an online virtual graduate school. Increasingly, learning is becoming both multi-modal and blended, and I think there is huge potential for research students to connect, learn, and develop online as well as in person.

Large-scale research projects can be difficult, and at times it can feel as if you are very much on your own, especially in disciplines where you are the sole researcher. Online environments can provide researchers with a place to connect and learn wherever they are located and whenever they want, strengthening a university’s graduate network.

My Prezi presentation explores briefly the potential users and possible content a virtual graduate school might host, as well as some of the perquisites to ensure sustainable development. It would be interesting to get people’s thoughts on this as I am aware of a lot of working going on across the UK to embed digital learning platforms and social media into graduate life.


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