Academic precarity and other-blaming
I think I am going to commission a saint painting (Byzantine style, of course) of Paul Prinsloo (I just need to find a clever Saint Epithet for him). Here is another though process sparked by something he shared recently on his Facebook. Paul shared this blog post without comment (I swear, sometimes I feel like this is an online class he's conducting and we're all participating in a massive
Academic Identities, Terminal Degrees, power of the network...
Mon, Jul 3 2017 14:59 | #altcred, #vconnecting, collaboration, CoP, education, higherEd, PhD, professional
It's been a while since I last just sat down to think and write about something (like the good old days when I was cMOOCing...). These past few weeks have been about conferences, and getting back on track with my dissertation proposal (although I think I am the only one who is keeping a score on that at this point).In my attempt to get back to writing, and engaging with friends and colleagues
Rubber, meet Road: On starting the dissertation process
Wed, Jun 15 2016 02:30 | collaboration, dissertation, EDDE805, epistemology, journey, MDDE702, methodology, motivation, novelty, PhD, research
So. It is finally upon me! The time to put pen to paper (or in my case tap some keys on the keyboard to throw some stuff called text into a Google Doc) in order to start putting together my dissertation proposal. In some respects I am doing this backwards. I am taking a Research Methods course this summer as a way of getting re-acquainted with some things, and to get better acquainted
Hidden Scholarship: reported achievements of academics
It seems like forever ago since I've read this article by Maha Bali on ProfHacker on Hidden Scholarship†. It's actually been on my radar for a while, but between work and class the mind space for this was not available.In any case, if you haven't read this brief post on ProfHacker it's worthwhile reading. Maha writes about things that go under-reported, or not reported at all when it comes to scholarship
Attack of the untext - my own stumbling blocks
Thu, Nov 20 2014 17:00 | #ccourses, #remixthediss, #rhizo14, cMOOC, collaboration, dissertation, MOOC, MRT, research, writing
It's been a while since Rhizo14 ended, but the community is going strong! Facebook may not be as active (or maybe facebook is hiding most Rhizo posts from my timeline...that could be it...anyway), but we are still chugging along with the collaborative *graphy. I can't call it an ethnography, or autoethnography because variables have changed. Some of us decided to get together and write
What MOOCs Can Do for the Traditional Online Classroom (Part II)
Sun, Feb 9 2014 06:00 | #altcred, blogs, cMOOC, collaboration, easter egg, instructionalDesign, MOOC, New Media, onlineLearning, social, twitter, xMOOC
Note: An MS Word or PDF version of this can be found here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/205135659/What-MOOCs-can-do-for-the-Traditional-Online-Classroom-Part-II Introduction2014 is upon us! We are now a couple of years from the big MOOC “explosion” in the news, and since we’ve gone to both extremes, too much optimism and too much pessimism, about what MOOCs can and can’t do, it’s now time to
A few years worth of MOOC coverage...what does it tell us?
Wed, Jan 15 2014 05:00 | #altcred, cMOOC, collaboration, coursera, facepalm, MOOC, opinion, p2p, research, udacity, xMOOC
Back at the end of 2011 I started collecting research on MOOCs, pieces from Inside Higher Ed and the Chronicle, "news items" from other popular media outlets (like wired.com and forbes) as well as blog posts from certain notable people who commented a lot on the subject of MOOCs. The idea was to spend a year (2011 to end of 2012) and see not only what the research says, but also what the sentiment
Video Games and Learning MOOC - process throughts
Fri, Nov 15 2013 09:22 | cMOOC, collaboration, coursera, Design, learning, MRT, OER, research, videogames, xMOOC
Over the past few weeks I've been dabbling with a course on coursera designed by two professors from UW Wisconsin. I didn't realize who they were (Squire and Steinkueler) initially, but at the "course" progressed I realized that I had read some of their work before when I was reading about video games and learning. An added benefit was that there were some guest appearances by Jim Gee,
Open Science? Open Research!
I must admit that my "science" days, at least as far as biology, chemistry and physics go, are far behind me. Interesting topics, but I prefer thinking (and dabbling) in other topics; thus this week's topic on #ioe12 wasn't that interesting, at least as far as the video and the readings go. The presenter (Michael Nielsen, on the TED video) did say something that I've often suspected about
More collaboration, please.
There was an article that I saw a few weeks ago called Expert Predicts 6 Future Trends in Training. Being a sucker for predictions I went right ahead and I read it. I have to say that the six predictions were quite good - because we are already there, and we have been there for a while now.We covered all of these issues when I took courses in my MBA program about three years ago in topics such as