Community of Inquiry: TeachING not teachER presence
Hey there blogger audience! Well, I assume someone is still there despite not having blogged in a great while. It's hard to believe that July is almost over, and there is only one more month of summer left (😢). Things have been fairly busy, between teaching INSDSG 684, doing a much (much) deeper dive into the CoI, and rewriting my intro chapter for the dissertation proposal†, there has been little
Groups, cooperatives, collaboratives, swarms...and the ongoing dissertation proposal...
It's been quite a while since I last shared a few thoughts. I guess time flies even if you aren't having fun 😆. In the past few weeks I've been contemplating the direction of my dissertation proposal. I am not changing topics (now THAT would be silly, and an unnecessary amount of work), but I am considering the framing of my argument. The topic (just to refresh your mind) is "Why
Burn those Business Schools (or...maybe don't!)
The other day Paul Prinsloo posted this Guardian article on Facebook, and it seems like a popular article because Shyam Sharma (among others in my online educational social network and PLN posted it). As usual my PLN got me thinking (and, as is evidenced by this blog post, creatively procrastinating and not really working on my dissertation proposal...D'oh! 😜). This blog post started life
Random draw from the comment-box!
I tried to come up with a witty title for this post, but I guess maybe it's didn't work out ;-). Anyway...yesterday as I was working on my proposal I thought "hey...I haven't seen George Siemens blog recently..." which also made me wonder when the last time I blogged was. Not as long as George (that's for sure ;-) ) but long enough. So I thought I'd pull together some random streams
Peer Reviewing snowballs!
Tue, Mar 27 2018 11:55
There must be some cosmic signals that have gone off line the bat-signal indicating that I am 'free' because I am waiting for feedback from my dissertation committee. How do I know this? Well, the requests for me to peer review articles has increased! Not wanting to disappoint, if the article is within my field of "expertise" (whatever that means... the more I learn, the more
Rationale? I don't need no stinkin' Rationale!†
Alfonso Bedoya in The Treasure of the Sierra MadreDissertation proposal, draft number...I don't know - lost count - has been submitted. Things look good, well at least in my humble view, so I hope I am ready to defend this proposal within the coming month and become a "candidate" soon‡. With the draft submitted I can now focus on the other pile of academic work that needs attending to,
What am I training for again?
From PhD ComicsIt's been a while since I've had the bandwidth to think about something other than my dissertation proposal. When I started this process four years ago (starting with matriculation in March 2014) I thought I'd be the first or second person in my cohort to be done (ha!), but like most marathoners I guess I am part of the pack looking at the fast folks ahead of me 😏. Being
2017 year in review - school edition
Thu, Jan 4 2018 12:39 | cMOOC, dissertation, EdTech, literatureReview, MOOC, PhD, research, web2.0, xMOOC, yearInReview
From wikipedia: 1779 illustration of a Catholic Armenian monk of the Order of St Gregory the Illuminator, Happy New Year! Yeah... it's the fourth of January, but I figure I can get away with it since we're still in the first week of 2018, and this is my first post for the year 😉Things have been a little quiet here on the blog as of late. Not a lot of MOOCing, not a lot of virtual connecting,
One more thing!
... No seriously! I swear! This will be the last thing I read and then I will start to write my literature review ;-)I am back up for some air. When I originally made my plans last May to have the fall semester be the semester that I focused on the literature review part of my dissertation proposal I sort of envisioned a lot of reading. Reading on the train. Reading on the weekends.
Letters of recommendation - what's up with that?
It's been a while since I've blogged, or at least it really feels like it. I've had my nose stuck in (virtual) books trying to get through my literature review - but more on that on some other blog post. I came across an article on InsideHigherEd this past week asking whether or not letters of recommendation are really necessary. My most immediate context is admissions, given that that's part