Archive for January, 2012

Surprising search results from Flickr

Friday, January 13th, 2012

We’re working on a new online course on Microeconomics and have been looking for pictures to help illustrate the themes covered by the course.

It was surprisingly easy to find great Creative Commons licensed images in Flickr, some by the simple expedient of using the themes we wanted to illustrate as search terms.

This is what “supply and demand” returned:

Street filled with taxis and only one potential customer standing on the pavement

Supply and Demand ( / MaX . ( / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (

Empty gondalas waiting for customers on a rainy day

The Law of Supply and Demand ( / Storm Crypt ( / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 (

Not only are both images beautifully shot, they help to illustrate the factors that affect the competitive market.  So, which aspects of supply and demand are being illustrated here? Submit your answers below and win the admiration of your peers.


Churchill, Vikings and writing for teenagers

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Churchill bust











Not my predictions for the next wave in teen novels, but 3 of the courses that still have places for this upcoming term.  We are just about to embark on our course launches for this January with nearly 50 options to choose from, and these are 3 of the most interesting.

Vikings: Raiders, Traders and Settlers  contains some amazing Google maps resources which you can access here: . In particular the tour of the viking presence in modern day Wallingford is worth exploring especially if you know the town.

Churchill had already had an amazing life before WW2 even began and Churchill: Soldier, Politician and Statesman will help you discover it. But one of my favourite activities is the one that helps you understand why he lost the election in 1945, this is a great example of what you can do with the fabulous primary sources now available online.

Lastly Writing Fiction for Young Adults will give you all the skills you need to be the next JK Rowling with hands on activities such as this one on getting to know your protagonist to help you go from thinking about writing to actually writing.

This term we are only launching 1 new course – Macroeconomics to give you a chance to better understand the economy at a global scale, for those interested in the smaller scale issues, the partner course Microeconomics will be available next term.

Churchill Image: 03-churchill / Jon Culver / CC BY-NC 2.0

Viking image:  Viking / erikki / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0