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 When I originally made my plans last May to have the fall semester be the semester that I focused on the literature review part of my dissertation proposal I sort of envisioned a lot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
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
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
Instructional Designers, and Research
Yet another post that started as a comment on something that Paul Prinsloo posted on facebook (I guess I should be blaming facebook and Paul for getting me to think of things other than my dissertation :p hahaha).Anyway, Paul posted an IHE story about a research study which indicates that instructional designers (IDers) think that they would benefit from conducting research in their field (teaching
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