The doctoral Winchester plan
If you've ever seen the movie Shaun of the Dead, a humorous take on the surviving the zombie apocalypse, you are familiar with the Winchester plan. The Winchester is a local (to the protagonist) pub, and it key to surviving the zombie apocalypse - according to the protagonist, is taking a short skip-and-a-hop to the local pub (after doing a couple of short tasks) and waiting for help to arrive
EDDE 806: Epilogue (of reboots and alternative universes)
I guess this is my "806 is dead, long live 806!" post ;-) One of the final requirements for EDDE 806 is to:Create a final blog post linking to the 6 earlier posts and providing a final reflection, feedback and any recommendations on the course as a whole.For those who are keeping score at home, other course requirements included the following:Present a 30-45 minute presentation on their proposal
EDDE 806 - Post XIII - It's the end of the semester, and I feel fine
Alright folks! That's a wrap for EDDE 806 for this semester! The semester went out with a bang with three members of my cohort presenting their dissertation proposal work in progress (and for those on the east coast the session was a little long - after a long day - but well worth it!).The three proposed research projects are Kim's, titled "Student Satisfaction Levels among Canadian
EDDE 806 - Post XII - Of Navigators and Succession...
Last evening we had our penultimate EDDE 806 session for this season. On tap for the evening we had Neera's presentation (originally of Cohort 6, but now firmly "one of our own" in cohort 7), and a presentation by Stephanie.One question that came to mind, outside of the context of these presentations, was how long do EdD students stick around in 806 after they have met the requirements of the course?
EDDE 806 - Post XI - Get your Waldorf on...
Statler & Woldorf, muppet criticsThis past week the presenter of the week was Angie Parkes of Cohort 3, who is a fellow instructional designer! Angie was presenting to us her (potential?) dissertation proposal which as to do with testing the hypothesis that the DACUM process can be done effectively online. More specifically, her three hypotheses are that (1) an online asynchronous
EDDE 806 - Post X - it marks the spot!
Sat, Feb 11 2017 13:40 | assignment, dissertation, EDDE806, muppets, PhD, phenomenology, research, youtube
This past Thursday we had our official EDDE 806 session (on Monday, Norine did a mock proposal defense, which I wasn't able to attend, but luckily it's archived for later viewing). In any case, in this session we heard from Renate who reported in on her ideas for a dissertation topic, and there were a ton of interesting things about process that were shared by Susan and others.Renate is looking to
EDDE 806 - Post IX - About that 'in-process' presentation...
Yesterday evening I presented where I currently am in my dissertation proposal. I am not sure if Susan was joking or not about 2, 3, 4 years being the 'in process' time to get a dissertation done and defended, but I certainly hope that it's not that long! I am aiming for May 2019 at the latest for mine.That said, earlier this week I did a few dry runs for the presentation I did last evening,
EDDE 806 Post VIII - Do Vulcans have emotional presence in the CoI?
Young Spock at schoolAnd we're off! The semester has begun, and this time I am "official" in EDDE 806, which means this is my last credit-bearing semester (after that I guess I will be an academic vagabond looking for completion of my own research).Last night none of our cohort presented (although that would have been an achievement if someone brave enough wanted to do it!). Instead, a more
New Year's resolution...
Happy new year to all!I thought I would start my new year with a little (PhD) humor...While I don't think I'll be graduating by the end of 2017 (wouldn't that be nice?) I would like to make considerable headway with my dissertation. This coming term (in 8 days, in-fact!) my spring semester (or as they call it in Canada "winter term") will begin. This coming winter term I am doing my final
Anatomy of a winter break
Happy winter break to everyone! Classes are over and I guess I am supposed to start working on my candidacy exam... This comic seems like it applies ;-)
EDDE 806 - Post VII - Now what was that about Open Ended Questions???
Last evening I joined 806 (which seemed to have a very small group of people attending) for their bi-weekly meetup. I think that for this post I will write more about my 2 take-aways from the session in general, rather than recap both presentations.:Take-away #1: Small sample sizes aren't necessarily a problem. Both Tracy and Leslie (presenters of the evening) were taking about their work
EDDE 806 - Post VI.III - The one with Sir John Daniel
Thu, Oct 20 2016 16:44 | assessment, distanceLearning, EDDE806, MOOC, onlineLearning, open, open access, OpenUniversity, PhD
OK, I am almost 'caught up' with the stuff I missed while I was on vacation (at least as far as 806 goes). I remember receiving an email from Pearl indicating that Sir John Daniel would be presenting. Too bad the internet wasn't that reliable :-/ Oh well, thank goodness for recordings ;-)Sir John Daniel seemed like a pretty interesting person, and very knowledgeable (with over 300
EDDE 806 - Post VI.II - Attack of the Greeks!
Wed, Oct 19 2016 14:00 | EDDE805, EDDE806, MOOC, open, open access, open learning, open scholarship, open teaching, openEd, PhD
Now that I am back from vacation (was off to Spain, but spent a little time in Istanbul on the way to and from), it's time to catch up a bit on EDDE 806. On the day that I was flying out to begin my vacation Alec Couros was presenting....D'oh! I missed the opportunity to be live in that 806. Not only was Alec on, but there was also a fellow EDDE student who is also Greek. It would
EDDE 806 - Post VI - A new semester
And so, this week, another school season kicks off! This week we had both the kick-off for EDDE 805 (dissertation seminar I) and EDDE 806 (dissertation seminar II). I decided that last to start attending EDDE 806 regularly (or as regularly as I can) so that my final class-based semester (next spring) can be focused more on getting my dissertation proposal done.In this first session of EDDE
Text-based blog...feels like forever ago!
It feels like forever ago that I actually posted something by text on the blog. This summer has been much more action packed than I had anticipated. Between teaching, virtually connecting, and taking my own course, MDDE 702, there hasn't been a dull moment!I am actually quite happy that I ended up taking the refresher course on qualitative research methods. While the concepts weren't new to
EDDE 806 - Post V - The final one of the spring 2016 season
Fri, Apr 1 2016 05:00 | dissertation, EDDE801, EDDE802, EDDE804, EDDE806, instructionalDesign, knowledgeManagement, MBA, PhD, reflection, research
A couple of weeks after the last session of 806 for this spring aired I had an opportunity to observe the proceedings from across time and space (aren't recordings grand?). Looking at the (small) crowd that attended the live session maybe I should have attended! Anyway! It does should like next fall, or perhaps next spring once I am formally in 806, there might be a ton of people attending,
EDDE 806 - Post IV - madlib your research a bit
Sat, Mar 12 2016 06:00 | #vconnecting, accessibility, disability, dissertation, EDDE804, EDDE806, PhD, research
Last week my goal of attending all 806 sessions this semester got derailed by fatigue. For those keeping score at home, I've attended 3, and written about 4 (including this post) this semester - still ahead of the game ;-). Thank heavens for recorded sessions! As the sole member of Cohort 7 representing in 806 I feel like I should be more on top of things ;-)In any case, the presentation
EDDE 806 - Post III - Presented by Musical Interlude!
Sat, Feb 20 2016 16:22 | #ds106, #rhizo16, art, cMOOC, CoI, CoP, EDDE801, EDDE806, MOOC, NoSignigicantDifference, reflection, research
Some nice artwork, no doubt by @merryspaniel :-)Time just seems to fly by this semester. I don't know if it's because I am busy, or if (as the old saying goes) time flies when you're having fun!This past week we skipped the usual introductions and check-ins in 806, affectionately known by some as the therapy portion to the live session. I actually didn't mind it considering that this is
EDDE 806 post II - Of research questions and generalizability
Fri, Feb 5 2016 12:40 | assignment, EDDE804, EDDE806, INSDSG601, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, OER, PhD, postmodernism, reflection, research
Yesterday evening I attended my second formal EDDE 806 session (formal in the sense that I am doing blog posts for it, as opposed to just attending and being a fly on the wall). In any case, the session was pretty interesting, and Viviane Vladimirsky, a fellow EdD student, on her work on her dissertation.Just prior to Viviane's presentation, as we were going around introducing ourselves
On prepping for a dissertation
Fri, Jan 22 2016 14:06 | #remixthediss, dissertation, EDDE804, EDDE806, MBA, PhD, Presentation, reflection, seminar
I must be the only weirdo who inquires about "taking" a seminar before the 'logical' or programmed sequence of the seminar. That said, for my doctoral program the final seminar (EDDE 806) is actually open to all EdD students (and alumni) so I have been on-and-off in this seminar since I started two years ago. When I was in 801 it was easier to attend, so I probably attended 3-4 sessions.
So long, farewell, auf viedersehen, adieu! ;-)
Fri, Oct 16 2015 05:00 | communities, CoP, EDDE802, EDDE806, INSDSG, NERCOMP, network, Ning, PhD, research, social, UMass
Well, after a couple of month of not paying the Ning bill UMassID.com is dead! Well, the domain is still fine, @cdetorres got that one for 10 years, but the Ning community that it pointed to is pretty much dead.So what is was UMassID.com? Well, back in 2008, when I started my MEd in instructional design, the outgoing class was looking for a new president for the student association (GIDA - Graduate
Appropriateness of primary materials? Thoughts on peer review
It's been a while, but I am finally (sort of) getting back to addressing some feedback that my colleague and I got on an article we are working on with regard to MOOCs. My colleague, Zaharias, thought it would be a great idea to sit down and make an (initial) typology of issues around the development of MOOCs. The abstract was accepted for a special issue of a journal, but our final version was