speedwalking the lit review
The lit-review (lit-review 2.0 as a dub it) has been going from a crawl to, a walk, to hopefully hitting speedwalking pace. Lit-review 1.0 was last fall, which was a little too broad to be fit for purpose, and it really explored a lot of themes that might be worthwhile keeping in mind as things to discuss in the discussion portion of the dissertation - you know, after I pass the proposal
It's the end of the MOOC as we know it, and I feel...
...ambivalent? I am not sure if ambivalence is the word I am going for because I am getting hints of nostalgia too. Perhaps though I should take a step back, and start from the beginning.This past weekend two things happened:The first thing is that I've completed reading full books as part of my literature review for my dissertation, and I have moved onto academic articles, articles I've
Sun, Aug 27 2017 01:30 | dissertation, EDDE802, EDDE805, ethics, MDDE702, methodology, proposal, reliability, research, validity
It's been a crazy few days! If it weren't for my brother coming down to hangout for a while I probably would have more in common with Nosferatu than a regular human being😹 (having been stuck indoors for most of the weekend). When I started off this summer I gave myself a deadline to be done with my methods chapter by August 30th (chapter 3 of my proposal). After reading...and
Kicking off the lit-review (2.0)
With the summer here, and all of my doctoral coursework behind me, we are firmly in the self-determination area of the game-board. No external pressures, no external timelines (although there is a statute of limitations on the degree), and interim assignments. The dissertation proposal is it! That's the next target (which I am hoping to meet by December 2017).I already have a literature
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
Networked Learning you say?
Mon, May 15 2017 03:00 | dissertation, education, network, Networked learning, PhD, procrastination, research
Last year, around this time of year, I went on a fun little academic detour. A colleague from overseas (Suzan) invited me to work with her on a conference paper for last year's Networked Learning conference. While we worked on it we came up with the concept of Hybrid Presence which Suzan presented for us (since I could not attend in person) and we worked on an expanded version of the paper which
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,
Crazy semester, crazy year, coming to an end...
Sat, Dec 31 2016 10:07 | #vconnecting, dissertation, EDDE804, EDDE805, Management, PhD, qualitative, research, school
So, vacation has begun! I've gotten out my movies, video games, and comic books that I want to read, play, or view in the next 20 days until school starts again! Before that though, I wanted to have a quick look back, a year end review if you will, at this past academic year. Wow... Now that was a crazy year! Yes, there was a lot going on in the global and political arenas, but (just
On Open Dissertations
Trying to get back to blogging, and I'm going back through my backlog - so here is a quick post, documentation post really - from a recent Virtually Connecting session I sat in on on Open Dissertations.
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
Thinking about the literature review...
This week, one of the discussion forums in my doctoral seminar had this question (well, it was part of the question, but I just pulled out this part):How are you deciding what literature to review for your lit review? What determining factors direct you?I think that my literature review is probably going to be a little challenging. My overall question is “why do people in MOOCs collaborate on non-assigned
Schoolwork during vacation, and access to the web
It's amazing how much access to the internet is really woven into our daily lives. For the past 2 weeks I've been away on vacation in Spain. Before we left home I tried to be proactive, I scanned some of the book chapters that were due for my class while I was away, I got Assignment 1 done before I left, and I downloaded articles onto my Surface Pro so that I had reading material to go
EDDE 805 - Dissertation Critique
Well, the semester is rockin' and rollin'. Thanks to @merryspaniel, and the fact that AU posts their syllabi on the web, I knew that I had an assignment early on where I had to critique a couple of dissertations that were already published. This was also a perfect opportunity to read a dissertation the colleague George M. had send me a while back as an exemplar of a good dissertation in
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
Academic literacy in another language
Tue, Aug 23 2016 02:30 | assignment, corpusLinguistics, dissertation, EDDE802, EDDE805, linguistics, MOOC, PhD
These past couple of weeks, along with some projects I am working on with colleagues, I am also trying to make some headway for my fall class, EDDE 805, which is the first of two doctoral seminars. From what I can see from the abbreviated syllabus (love that it's just posted on the web!) one of the assignments is an analysis of dissertations of people who are already doctors in our field. The
Getting my CALL on!
Sat, Jul 30 2016 01:30 | cMOOC, dissertation, EDDE804, IALLT, MOOC, NERCOMP, network, open learning, Presentation
Εύρηκα! (eureka)There is nothing like a deadline to get you going - that's all I have to say! A while back, like last January or something, a colleague asked me if I would be interested in presenting at an IALLT webinar on a topic of my choosing - it just had to do with technology and education. I generally don't have a problem with coming up with topic to talk about, but this particular
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
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
Being a student in the summer
Since the end of April I (and some fellow EDDE students) are working on a qualitative research methods course. While I've got familiarity with some of the methods of qualitative research under my belt, I thought that it might be fun to work through a review of some methods with fellow doctoral students. The price was right (nearly free!), and I had some time.The textbook has been read cover to cover,
Looking ahead to dissertation defense...
A little funny-Friday stuff here. This comic was shared by a cohort-mate this week. It provided some good levity while we wait for grades for EDDE 804. That said... I do wonder how one can go on the offensive in a Distance Education context where the dissertation is defended via Adobe Connect...
Magically written dissertation...
I have a feeling this might be in my dreams in about 12 months ;-)
Thesis title help
Note to self - save this for my own dissertation title naming ;-)
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
Plagiarism is dead? Production of scholarly work, and other academic thoughts
Wed, Feb 24 2016 03:00 | APA, citation, dissertation, knowledge, linkrot, NoSignigicantDifference, research
The other day I was reading an article on Hybrid Pedagogy titled Plagiarism is Dead; Long Live the Retweet: Unpacking an Identity Crisis in Digital Content. I was an interesting article, which had me nodding in agreement in some areas, and induced an eyebrow raising expressions of curiosity in other parts. I thought I would pull out some quotes, as I've done in other readings, and
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.
The student's year-end-review
Tue, Dec 29 2015 04:30 | cMOOC, dissertation, EDDE804, education, linguistics, MOOC, PhD, reflection, research, SNA, xMOOC
Socrates Badge, by @merryspanielIt's a bit hard to believe, but two years ago - around this time of year - I was scurrying to get my application into Athabasca University to have my application considered for Cohort 7. The deadline for Athabasca's program is at the same time as the deadline for my department (January 15th), so I was trying to make sure that my recommendations were all in order.
Week 2 of 13 sort of done
Sat, Sep 19 2015 04:00 | autoethnography, cMOOC, dissertation, EDDE803, EDDE805, education, INSDSG, learning, MDE620, MOOC, PhD, pMOOC, reflection, research, rMOOC, xMOOC
If I think about it long enough...I would say that rubber has met the road, with week 2 of EDDE803 almost over. People have started being active in the course forums, interesting perspectives and illustrative stories are shared and discussed, and projects are in progress! This semester we are joined by two members of Cohort 6, who I think will be added to our cohort, and thus adding to the diversity
Dissertations: seems to be all about assessment
Sun, Jul 26 2015 12:29 | #remixthediss, #rhizo14, #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, assessment, dissertation, EDDE802, epistemology, PhD
I am finally catching up with my Pocket reading list, again! This seems to be a fool's errand since it just keeps filling up again with interesting things to read and ponder ;-). In any case, Rebecca recently was pondering on her blog if Collaborative Autoethnography (CAE) is an appropriate method for a dissertation. Rebecca, as far as I know, is currently ABD and looking at wrapping
Latour - Rendering Associations Traceable again - Part III
Mon, Jun 29 2015 04:00 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, ANT, dissertation, EDDE802, EdTech, epistemology, linguistics, MOOC, ontology, PhD, philosophy, project, research, sociology, theory, web2.0, WebLiteracy
Drumroll please! This is it! The final Latour conversation (at least as far as his book Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory goes. It's been fun, Latour, but I have a pile of MOOC articles that aren't going to read themselves (note to voice technology people. I need a computer to read things to me like Majel Barrett does in Star Trek - voice of the computer.
Latour - Rendering Associations traceable again - Part II
Wed, Jun 24 2015 05:00 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, ANT, dissertation, EDDE802, EdTech, epistemology, linguistics, MOOC, ontology, PhD, philosophy, project, research, sociology, theory
Alright! Just as #clmooc is starting, I am finishing off Latour! Here is part 2, of a 3 part wrap-up on Latour's Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory. Once he discussed 5 uncertainties, now we're looking at re-assembling the social. Just as before, I've pulled one some quotes that made me go "huh!" when I was reading the book (finished it a few weeks
Latour - Rendering Associations Traceable Again - Part I
Sun, Jun 21 2015 04:00 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, ANT, dissertation, EDDE802, EdTech, epistemology, linguistics, MOOC, ontology, PhD, philosophy, project, research, sociology, theory
Alright! This is the final countdown for Latour! I've reached Part II of his book, which discusses the points of rendering associations traceable again. This continuing exploration of Latour deals with and Actor-Network Theory (in case you didn't remember). I've selected quotes that got me thinking when I first read the book, and now I am providing some current reactions (2 weeks later)
Latour: Firth Source of Uncertainty - Writing Down Risky Accounts
Fri, Jun 5 2015 18:09 | #altac, #remixthediss, #rhizo14, #rhizo15, ANT, dissertation, EdTech, epistemology, linguistics, MOOC, ontology, PhD, philosophy, project, research, sociology, theory
Alright! Here we are! I am continuing the exploration [and one-sided dialogue] with Latour and I have reached the fifth [and final] source of uncertainty. This first part of the book has tried to describe Actor-Network Theory by describing the negative space around it, by offering up metaphors and examples, and by giving some small snippets into what ANT is (or tries to accomplish). As with
Latour: The Fourth Uncertainty - Matters of Fact vs Matters of Concern
Sun, May 31 2015 18:03 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, ANT, dissertation, EDDE802, EdTech, epistemology, linguistics, MOOC, ontology, PhD, philosophy, project, research, sociology, theory
Continuing on the (one sided) conversation of ANT with Latour we have the 4th source of uncertainty which is Matters of Fact vs Matters of Concern. I guess, starting off here, that one cannot debate matters of "fact" because they are facts and therefore immutable, whereas "concerns" are broad categories and the "answers" will most likely be in a state of flux. ANT is the story of an experiment
Latour: Third Source of Uncertainty - Objects have agency too!
Sun, May 17 2015 06:00 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, ANT, dissertation, EdTech, epistemology, linguistics, MOOC, ontology, PhD, philosophy, project, research, sociology, theory
Continuing on my exploration of ANT, and asynchronous and indirect dialogue with Latour - this blog post will cover the third source of uncertainty, which according to Latour, is that Objects have agency too! As with the previous blog posts, I've pulled out quotes from the book that seemed interesting, or that I reacted to in some way, and I am responding to them here. no tie can be said to be durable
Latour: Second Source of Uncertainty - Action is overtaken
Fri, May 15 2015 11:58 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, ANT, dissertation, EdTech, epistemology, MOOC, ontology, PhD, philosophy, project, research, sociology, theory
Continuing on the exploration of Latour and ANT, the second source of uncertainty according to Latour is: Action is Overtaken. To be honest a few days after I've read the chapter and copied interesting parts from it for this post, I am not really sure what that means... I had to look the chapter title up to make sure that I wasn't making a mistaken ;-) As with previous blogIn most situations,
RhizoResearch - some thoughts brought on by Sunlight and Shade.
Tue, Mar 10 2015 04:30 | #fslt12, #oldsmooc, #rhizo14, cMOOC, critique, dissertation, EDDE802, MOOC, PhD, reliability, research, rMOOC, validity
It is a bit of an odd thing to admit, but ever since I started formal school again in order to pursue a doctorate the amount of pleasure reading has gone down. Now, this is to be expected, time resources need to be allocated differently in order to meet the rigorous demands of a doctoral program. That said, my pleasure reading was research articles anyway, so it's kind of hard to out down
Fri, Feb 27 2015 14:55 | cMOOC, criticalPedagogy, dissertation, EDDE802, education, epistemology, MOOC, PhD, research, rMOOC, SocialNetworkAnalysis
It feels a bit like I've had my nose close to the grind stone for the past few weeks. I looked at my blog to see when was the last time I blogged about class, and it was close to 20 days ago. In semester-terms I think that counts as "forever-ago". To some extent it feels like a great weight has been lifted. The first (of two) major papers is completed and delivered (awaiting
Ethically Gray Grounds, with an aftershow featuring the work of Literature Reviews
Remember this prof?This week has felt a bit like a slumber week in my research methods course. I don't know if it's Old Man Winter and the snow he's dumping on us that's making me a little sleepier than usual, or if discussions on research ethics don't particularly float my boat. I sure do understand the importance of ethics in research, but when it comes to internet research ethics (despite
I dream of dissertation...
Fri, Jan 16 2015 17:30 | #remixthediss, #rhizo14, autoethnography, cMOOC, coursera, DBR, dissertation, EDDE802, edx, INSDSG684, iversity, methodology, miriadax, MOOC, OLC, PhD, pMOOC, research, rMOOC, xMOOC
Week 1 of 15, of semester 2 of 8, of doctoral work is about to end! The course that my cohort is focusing on this semester is a research methods course. Luckily neither I, nor it seems many of my classmates, are that new to research methods. It's nice to have the group (or at least quite a few members of the group) exposed to the basics so that we can spend some time in critiquing and going
DALMOOC Episode 10: Is that binary for 2? We've reached recursion!
Sun, Dec 21 2014 13:04 | #DALMOOC, Analytics, cMOOC, dissertation, EDDE802, INSDSG684, LearnerAnalysis, Learning Analytics, MOOC, PhD, xMOOC
Hey! We've made it! It's the final blog post about #dalmooc... well... the final blog post with regard to the paced course on Edx anyway :) Since we're now in vacation territory, I've decided to combine Weeks 9 and 10 of DALMOOC into one week. These last two weeks have been a little light on the DALMOOC side, at least for me. Work, and other work-related pursuits, made
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
DALMOOC episode 6: Armchair Analyst
Mon, Nov 17 2014 17:30 | #DALMOOC, Analytics, dissertation, LearnerAnalysis, Learning Analytics, PhD, SocialNetworkAnalysis
Week 6 CCK11 blog connectionsI was trying for a smarter title for this episode of #dalmooc thoughts, but I guess I have to go with Armchair Analyst since I ended up not spending a ton of time with either Gephi or Tableau last week. So, the reflection for week 4 is mostly on theoretical grounds; things I've been thinking about (with regard to learning analytics) and "a ha" moments from the videos posted.I
A more responsive final exercise for the PhD?
Tue, Oct 14 2014 17:00 | #ccourses, #digiped, assessment, dissertation, education, MOOC, MRT, PhD, professional
My own doctoral journey may have just started, but it's been a meandering path to even get to the start. It's not the destination after all that matters but the journey. Eventually all doctoral journeys culminate in a dissertation. For the longest period of time this type of writing was a bit intimidating. After all, who's got the energy to sit down and write a document that's 100
Can students opt out if you teach in Open Learning?
Tue, Oct 7 2014 22:43 | #ccourses, cMOOC, dissertation, engagement, MOOC, open learning, open teaching, participation, PhD, xMOOC
Siemens, 2014It seems like Connected Courses is the cMOOC that keeps on adding while we are in the process of conducting the course. I think, based on my own personal experience, that this (the addition of "features" as the course is in progress) is a hallmark of cMOOCs ;-).Anyway, Discussion forums have been added to Connected Courses, and a discussion cropped up on whether students can
Educational Based Research - Part 1
Wed, Aug 13 2014 11:44 | #whyopen, appliedLinguistics, Creative Commons, Design, dissertation, EDDE801, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, MOOC, OER, PhD, pondering, research, SLA
Well, in a week I will be in Edmonton starting off my EdD in distance education at Athabasca University. I know that most North American doctoral students probably don't think of their dissertation topic this early (I haven't even completed my first course), but I want to be pro-active and work on the thing while taking courses. So, Rebecca's post on Educational Design Research (EDR) was
Crowdsourcing the PhD search...
Since I have a captive, in a sense, audience, I thought I would use the power of the crowd to help me identify a suitable PhD program for myself :)Now, over the years I've been thinking about pursuing a PhD, but a sage mentor once told me that I should take at least a year break from school before making any decisions. Essentially clear the head out, think about what I like to do, and then think
Badge MOOC Challenge 6: Building a Successful Badge System
Tue, Oct 15 2013 04:30 | #altcred, #ESLMOOC, #OpenBadgesMOOC, Badges, cMOOC, dissertation, education, ESL, Evaluation, instructionalDesign, languageAcquisition, MOOC, mozilla, PhD
Trust Network BadgeWell, this is it! We are in the final week of the #OpenBadgesMOOC, and this is the last post (for badge purposes anyway) from Mozilla's #OpenBadgesMOOC. As with previous blog posts in this series I am brainstorming about including badges in an #ESLMOOC that I am thinking of designing, developing, implementing and them studying for a potential PhD. With this week's
Badge MOOC Challenge 5: Authentic Assessment and Evidence for a Badge Ecosystem
Fri, Oct 11 2013 16:00 | #altcred, #ESLMOOC, #OpenBadgesMOOC, Badges, cMOOC, dissertation, education, ESL, Evaluation, languageAcquisition, MOOC, mozilla, PhD
The real badge?Alright! The penultimate week in #OpenBadgesMOOC, brought to us by Mozilla and Coursesites. Continuing this week is the exploration of how badges can be incorporated into this #ESLMOOC that I've been thinking about designing, implementing, and hopefully collecting some data for some interesting analysis. Dissertation-wise it seems like a good topic, but considering
Badge MOOC Challenge 4: Accreditation and Validation Frameworks for a Badge Ecosystem
Sat, Oct 5 2013 11:39 | #altcred, #ESLMOOC, #OpenBadgesMOOC, Analytics, Badges, cMOOC, dissertation, education, ESL, Evaluation, languageAcquisition, LearnerAnalysis, Learning Analytics, MOOC, mozilla, PhD
Value Map BadgeIt's Saturday, so it must be #OpenBadgesMOOC time :) The thing that I just noticed about these badges on the #OpenBadgesMOOC is that if you look closely enough they look stitched. Maybe there is an easter egg hidden somewhere, whereby if you earn all #OpenBadgeMOOC badges they send you a sash with all of them stitched on - LOL :)In any case, it's the end of Week 4 on the
Badge MOOC Challenge 1: Define a Current Ecosystem
Sat, Sep 14 2013 14:49 | #altcred, #ESLMOOC, #OpenBadgesMOOC, Badges, cMOOC, dissertation, education, ESL, Evaluation, languageAcquisition, MOOC, mozilla, PhD
Who am I?** Updated on 9/19 with more detailed personas** Well, I will try to stay regular with these Mozilla Badge MOOC challenges (goal is it get them our each Saturday so I don't fall behind and other things get in the way). I've decided that for the Badge Challenge I will start brainstorming on the topic of my ESL MOOC, that topic that's been floating in my mind as a potential PhD Dissertation