Review: E-Learning in the 21st Century: A Community of Inquiry Framework for Research and Practice
Tuesday, Jun 19 2018 16:50 | Books, collaboration, dissertation, goodreads, litreview, PhD, research, review, Social Media, Social Networks
E-Learning in the 21st Century: A Community of Inquiry Framework for Research and Practice by D Randy GarrisonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars A nice, short, overview of the community of inquiry framework for those who are new to it. The book basically breaks down to 1/2 being about the CoI (discussing each part in details, and encompassing recent research), and 1/2 being application. It was an
Review: Learning Together Online: Research on Asynchronous Learning Networks
Friday, Jun 15 2018 11:57 | Academia, Books, dissertation, goodreads, litreview, onlineLearning, PhD, review, Social Media, Social Networks
Learning Together Online: Research on Asynchronous Learning Networks by Starr Roxanne HiltzMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Not very many people talk about ALNs (asynchronous learning networks) these days. Even the journal for ALNs has been renamed to "Online Learning". Still, this was an interesting historical dive which provided some interesting background on early online learning which still
Victory is life is here!
Well, the fourth expansion of Star Trek Online, which brings us a sliver of the Gamma quadrant, gamma recruits, and the Jem'Hadar playable faction is here today! I had an opportunity to play a bit today as a new Jem'Hadar "first" (aka captain) under the name of Arak'Ouzo (yes having some fun with the name). The first couple of missions were quite fun to play, and flying a "bug-ship" is quite
Review: Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community
Sunday, May 27 2018 11:46 | Books, collaboration, dissertation, litreview, PhD, review, Social Media, Social Networks
Collaborating Online: Learning Together in Community by Rena M. PalloffMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Interesting book. It's more geared toward practitioners than researchers. I'd recommend this as a a design "cookbook" companion. The thing that has really struck me with this book is that the authors use the term 'collaboration' to refer to anything that involves multiple people working together.
Review: Learning Together: Peer Tutoring in Higher Education
Friday, May 25 2018 08:23 | Books, dissertation, goodreads, PhD, research, review, Social Media, Social Networks, Teaching
Learning Together: Peer Tutoring in Higher Education by Nancy FalchikovMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Not a bad book. "Tutoring" in this book means anything between an the work that an "more knowledgeable other" (Vygotsky) does, to teaching assistants. There is quite a broad range to work with, and an interesting book to consult when thinking both about course design and program-level design.
Review: Learning Together and Alone: Cooperative, Competitive, and Individualistic Learning
Saturday, May 12 2018 18:35 | Books, collaboration, dissertation, goodreads, instructionalDesign, PhD, review, Social Media, Social Networks, Teaching, Work
Learning Together and Alone: Cooperative, Competitive, and Individualistic Learning by David W. JohnsonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting book looking at individual, competitive, and collaborative learning. The framing of the book is more K-12, but I can see applications to higher education. Definitely worth at least a quick look through both by instructors and instructional designers.
Review: Collaborative Learning: Higher Education, Interdependence, and the Authority of Knowledge
Collaborative Learning: Higher Education, Interdependence, and the Authority of Knowledge by Kenneth A. BruffeeMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Interesting read. The first part of the book discusses collaboration as a means of nonfoundational knowledge teaching. I felt that a large part of the book (part II) dealt with the philosophy of nonfoundational knowledge instruction (much more so than collaboration).
Dissertation proposal (edit) submitted!
Well, after almost 2 months, 8 drafts, and a lot of work, I've arrived at my update dissertation proposal. This thing grew about 15 pages since my last draft. Yes, some pages are blanks by virtue of needed to start something on a next page, or to not break-up a table, but I did end up having to explain some things a bit more based on the literature. Hopefully I can form a committee soon,
Review: Moocs, High Technology, and Higher Learning
Wednesday, Mar 7 2018 19:30 | Books, dissertation, goodreads, MOOC, PhD, review, Social Media, Social Networks
Moocs, High Technology, and Higher Learning by Robert A. RhoadsMy rating: 4 of 5 stars The book states that its aim was to provide a balance between both sides of the MOOC debate (both the overly positive, and the overly critical), and I think it has accomplished that. For anyone new to MOOCs, and interested in a brief history of MOOCs, it's a worthwhile read. For me it didn't provide a
Tuesday, Feb 27 2018 18:32 | Books, conference, dissertation, DistanceEducation, Education, goodreads, PhD, research, review, Social Media, Social Networks
MOOCs by Jonathan HaberMy rating: 4 of 5 stars While the book is a bit out of date (MOOCs have moved along since it was published) I still found it to be a good introduction to the phenomenon of the (albeit without really looking too in-depth at research done in MOOCs).I did have an opportunity to hear the author speak back in 2012 (?) at the Campus Technology conference in Boston. At the
Break? What's a break?
From last week's gamercat (I think the author is taking a break). As for me... not so much...full steam ahead for dissertation proposal. The literature review is half way done. I've completed writing the MOOC part and I am moving onto the Collaboration part. The MOOC part still needs editing, and it would make any APA aficionado weep, but the core is there.
GoodReads: Year in Review
Tuesday, Dec 26 2017 09:45 | Academia, dissertation, Entertainment, goodreads, homework, PhD, School, Social Media, Social Networks, YearInReview
I was holding off on posting this just in case I finished another book before the new year, but it seems like I will need to spend this week actually doing some writing for the dissertation proposal (can't let all this fine reading go to waste!). On the one hand I am surprised at how much I read, and on the other hand I am not. This doesn't even include all the articles I read. I keep
Wait...did I read that?
When I kicked off my plan to get my dissertation proposal done (last spring), I had earmarked this fall semester as the literature review semester. I had a sense that it would take quite some time to do, but I didn't think it would take me the entire fall semester. I guess hope for the best, plan for the worst is the operative phrase. Over the past few years I've been collecting articles
Not exactly what I was looking for...database
It's been a very reading-heavy few weekends. I've been trying to go through the massive amount of articles that I downloaded for my dissertation proposal so I can start writing the final section (the lit review) that's been on my mind since the summer. I was looking for an article on one of the Sage databases, and I thought that an author & keyword combination would do its magic (especially
Review: Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration
Wednesday, Oct 11 2017 01:30 | Books, dissertation, goodreads, management, networked learning, networks, PhD, research, review, Social Networking, Social Networks
Networked Communities: Strategies for Digital Collaboration by Sylvie AlbertMy rating: 2 of 5 stars It was an OK book. Definitely focuses more on the organizational and managerial aspects of networked communities (which aren't of much use to me at the moment). There were some interesting nuggets of information buried throughout the book if you looked carefully enough. I am kind
Review: Group Cognition: Computer Support for Building Collaborative Knowledge
Tuesday, Oct 10 2017 01:30 | Books, dissertation, goodreads, PhD, research, review, Social Networking, Social Networks
Group Cognition: Computer Support for Building Collaborative Knowledge by Gerry StahlMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Enlightening but I thought it was a bit imbalanced. The theoretical pieces of the book were very interesting (and dense). I tried getting through these chapters in a manner of days and I don't think I got everything (or at least things seem a little fuzzy at the moment). That
Review: Collaboration and Networking in Education
Monday, Sep 25 2017 01:30 | Books, dissertation, PhD, research, review, Social Media, Social Networking
Collaboration and Networking in Education by Daniel MuijsMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Interesting book on collaboration in education. I was expecting it to focus more on the specific of collaboration, and less on the inter-organizational aspects. As such I found it to be a bit high level for my purposes. Still, this was an interesting book to read, even if I did end up skimming through sections
Methods section humor
Some Sunday humor... I thought it was apropos given that I've been working on getting my methods section polished off and done by August 30th. I am, sort of, there too! I just need to work on getting my reliability & validity sections done (I've got disjointed fragments I have written already), and my ethics section done (again, disjointed fragments). It's a bit slow-going because I need
Review: 42 Rules for Successful Collaboration (2nd Edition): A Practical Approach to Working with People, Processes and Technology
42 Rules for Successful Collaboration (2nd Edition): A Practical Approach to Working with People, Processes and Technology by David ColemanMy rating: 2 of 5 stars I guess I forgot to check off this book as read a few days ago. The book was OK, and it was a fairly fast book to read, not weighed down by disciplinary jargon. That said, some of the rules are quite helpful, whereas others
Review: Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences
Interviewing as Qualitative Research: A Guide for Researchers in Education and the Social Sciences by Irving SeidmanMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite a good read on conducting interviews as part of educational research. It does seem to focus on phenomenological interviews, where the interview is the one and only approach, but it might be useful for other cases where interviews are one of many
Review: Collaboration in Distance Education: International Case Studies
Wednesday, Aug 16 2017 01:30 | Books, dissertation, DistanceEducation, goodreads, PhD, review, School, Social Networking, Work
Collaboration in Distance Education: International Case Studies by Louise MoranMy rating: 3 of 5 stars Even though it's a little dated at this point, it was an interesting view into cross-organizational collaborations in distance education. I started reading this thinking that it was more about person-to-person collaboration, not necessarily institution-to-institution initiatives.
Dissertation haunts you
From PhD comics from a week or so ago... One of the reasons I don't really want to go on vacation until my dissertation proposal (or heck, even until my data collection) is done.
Review: Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach: 41
Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach: 41 by Joseph A. MaxwellMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This was quite a short book (in comparison to other methods books I've read) but it was quite good. It's definitely packed with good insight and things to make you think about what you want to consider when it comes to writing your research proposal. At the end of each chapter there are memoing
Review: Case Study Research: Design and Methods
Monday, Jul 10 2017 10:07 | dissertation, Education, goodreads, PhD, review, School, Social Networking, university
Case Study Research: Design and Methods by Robert K. YinMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Quite a thorough book on doing case studies. This is the second book just on case studies that I have read thus far, and it seems quite inclusive. I did like the Stake book (see review a few weeks ago) but this seemed to give more of a roadmap. This is probably the 8th or 9th book I've read
Review: The Design, Experience and Practice of Networked Learning
Monday, Mar 20 2017 02:00 | Academia, academics, Books, dissertation, goodreads, review, Social Networks
The Design, Experience and Practice of Networked Learning by Vivien HodgsonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Continuing my reading into the presentation I want to do this April, and working on my readings for my dissertation proposal, here is this book. This was quite interesting to read, and it definitely went by faster compared to another Networked Learning book I read recently. The edited
Watchdogs 2 - trailer
Tuesday, Nov 15 2016 01:00 | Action, dissertation, Entertainment, PhD, School, trailer, video games, VideoGames, watchdogs, XBOX
One of the reasons to get the dissertation done sooner rather than later ;-)
Saturday, May 21 2016 02:30 | 24, Action, dissertation, Entertainment, PhD, School, Television, trailer, youtube
Woohooooaaaaa! Fall semester is looking aweeeesome! Working on my dissertation proposal AND a new 24 series! This looks pretty amazing! Wonder if there will be some Jack Bower action in some part of it :)