Graduate admissions process pondering
This post has been brewing in my head for a couple of years now. Since I am waiting for IRB clearance for my dissertation I thought it would be a good time to jot things down and see what others think. I usually tend to have people in my network who either teach or work in some sort of instructional designer (or faculty developer) capacity. I don't (think) I know too many people in the
Ponderings on predatory journals
I originally posted this as a response in a post that Paul Prinsloo wrote on facebook (in response to this Chronicle Article on Beall's list and why it died), but it seemed lengthy enough to cross-post as a blog post :-)--------------So many issues to dissect and analyze is such a (relatively) brief article. It is important to see and analyze predatory journals (and academic publishing) in general
The publication emergency
Paul Prinsloo has a wealth of thought provoking posts on his facebook ;-) I wasn't planning on blogging until tomorrow, but this got my mental gears moving and thinking (not about my dissertation, but it's thinking nevertheless). This blog started as a continuation of a comment I left on Paul's facebook feed. The article that got me thinking is an article on the Daily Nous titled The Publication
Are MOOCs really that useful on a resume?
Thu, Feb 23 2017 12:45 | assessment, cMOOC, CV, HR, instructionalDesign, MBA, MOOC, pondering, resume, work, xMOOC
I came across an article on Campus Technology last week titled 7 Tips for Listing MOOCs on Your Résumé, and it was citing a CEO of an employer/employee matchmaking firm. One piece of advice says to create a new section for MOOCs taken to list them there. This is not all that controversial since I do the same. Not on my resume, but rather on my extended CV (which I don't share anyone),
Conflict of interest?
I was thinking about this the other day... I was reading the requirements for setting up review committees for my dissertation proposal and for my ultimate dissertation defense. One of the forms that people on committees need to fill out is a statement on conflict of interest. This isn't unusual since I see it on the peer review side of things, be it in peer review journals, or (more recently)
Mentor-Teacher-Hybrid Presence-course design...
Fri, Oct 28 2016 03:30 | #altcred, Badges, CoI, gamification, HybridPresence, INSDSG601, mentoring, pondering, research, teaching
This semester is turning out to be one that is quite busy. It was a good idea to not teach a graduate this semester so I can focus on my dissertation proposal, however (like that irresistible desert at the end of the meal) various collaborative projects have come in to fill the "void" left in my schedule from not teaching (the one that is supposed to be going into dissertation prep), and these
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
Getting beyond rigor
Sun, May 8 2016 02:00 | academia, Badges, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, pondering, rhizomatic, rigor, teaching
The other day I got access to my summer course on Blackboard. With just under 25 days left to go until the start of courses, it's time to look at my old syllabus (from last summer), see what sorts of innovations my colleague (Rebecca) has in her version of the course, and decide how to update my own course. I had some ideas last summer, but since then the course has actually received an
Academic writing, but not in English...
One of the nice things about being a language geek and an academic is that you get access to research that has been published in other languages. In addition to English I fare quite well with research written in French, Italian, and Greek. Even though I don't have any formal experience with learning Spanish I could probably get the gist of Spanish articles based on my familiarity of French and
Should faculty be 12-month employees?
I guess today I will be taking off my "Instructional Designer" cap, and putting on my "Higher Education Administration" cap. My career in higher education goes back to the days of me being a work-study student, working for the department of Media Services, providing all those nice A/V equipment that professors use as part of their course. Since then I've had a variety of jobs with an ever
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
Sun, Aug 3 2014 09:54 | Campus Technology, cMOOC, Conference, MOOC, pondering, publishing, research, xMOOC
This past week I was able to attend Campus Technology and AAEEBL 2014 in Boston. I count myself lucky that I have two conferences every year that are pretty close to me (the other one being NERCOMP) that allows me to go and see some interesting presentations, engage with colleagues, and talk to vendors (and let's not forget the cool vendor swag ;-) ). This year, unfortunately, I didn't get an opportunity
Tepid about Tenure
Sat, Jun 28 2014 13:44 | #altcred, 2cents, Badges, INSDSG619, INSDSG684, PhD, pondering, research, teaching, tenure, work
I am back home, and with vacation behind me I guess it's time to get back to work. I've got the day-job for which I've already created a list of tasks to undertake; the teaching of my newly renumbered course INSDSG 684 (formerly 619) and the updates I want to make to the course materials as well as gearing up for my #altcred experiment, version 2.0; and finally the Great Big MOOC Book which I
Road to the PhD - some thoughts
Last week I spoke to a friend of mine who is already pursuing a PhD - said friend is at the dissertation stage if I am not mistaken. I let her know that I am considering a PhD - having overcome my fear of writing long research-based passages, and having grown accustomed to the Master's level difficulty, I've decided to up my game since I like learning new things. I also aspire to one day
How important is encoding?
Here's some non-random stream of consciousness for you as far as language goes. How important is encoding to you? Does encoding really matter? What do I mean by encoding? The alphabet you use, whether you represent words as syllables, as characters, as letters, and how you put all that together.The impetus for this though process comes from a (pretty silly in my opinion) facebook group that I was