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
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
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,
So long, farewell, auf viedersehen, adieu! ;-)
Fri, Oct 16 2015 05:00 | communities, CoP, EDDE802, EDDE806, INSDSG, NERCOMP, network, Ning, PhD, research, social, UMass
Well, after a couple of month of not paying the Ning bill UMassID.com is dead! Well, the domain is still fine, @cdetorres got that one for 10 years, but the Ning community that it pointed to is pretty much dead.So what is was UMassID.com? Well, back in 2008, when I started my MEd in instructional design, the outgoing class was looking for a new president for the student association (GIDA - Graduate
How to teach swarming?
Mon, Aug 24 2015 04:00 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, EDDE801, EDDE802, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, swarm, writing
The other day I came across a post on someone's blog on group work, and I saw this funny (but true, at least to most of my experiences) graphic on group work. One of the soft skills required to graduate in the MEd program I teach in is to be able to demonstrate the ability to work with others on projects and joint efforts. This is quite broad as it doesn't specify whether someone is cooperating
Some thoughts on Peer Reviewed writing...
Fri, Aug 21 2015 04:30 | #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, axiology, EDDE802, journal, peer review, PhD, publication, research
Pondering like it's 1999It seems like forever ago that Sarah H. posted a link to an article on Times Higher Education titled The worst piece of peer review I’ve ever received.The article doesn't seem to be behind a paywall so it's worth going and having a read either before or after you read this blog post. As I was reading this article my own thoughts about peer review, and now being a journal
The Ethics of open online research
Fri, Aug 7 2015 12:56 | blogs, EDDE802, ethics, LAK, Learning Analytics, PhD, research, social, twitter, work
In my continuous quest to go to Pocket-Zero (may be a losing battle since I keep adding interesting stuff to read), I came across a post from a friend and colleague, Rebecca, who was discussing and brainstorming a bit about the ethics of research in twitter communities. As a quick synopsis, of the hot button issue (at least from what I interpreted), was that in one instance (mature) researchers
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: 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
Is the Dissertation still relevant?
It seems like the cosmos is back on another round on beating down on the venerable dissertation as final exercise for a doctoral degree. Stephen Downes posted yesterday this article from Times Higher Education which is asking the question as to whether or not the Doctoral Dissertation is obsolete.† The article quotes Jeremy Farrar of Imperial College London:“An awful lot is going unused and unread,”
Rhizomatic Learning - The Practical Guide
Mon, May 25 2015 16:40 | #change11, #rhizo14, #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, ANT, EDDE802, learning, MOOC, PhD, rhizomatic, rMOOC
Well, it's week 6, the last week of #rhizo15 that Dave will host. The topic of this week brings us back to the original topic of this rMOOC: A practical guide for Rhizomatic Learning. It's hard to really come up with something that encompasses the meaning and approaches to rhizomatic learning - heck, I am only now starting to "understand" it and I've only been really thinking about it for
Counting, Grading, α, β, γ, δ ,ε, στ, ...
Sat, May 16 2015 10:00 | #rhizo15, assessment, computerScience, Creative Commons, EDDE802, grading, INSDSG601, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, PhD
A few things happened this week which seemed to point to a nexus on grading, grades, and a throwback to Week 3 of Rhizo15 on what counts. The three thing that came together for me were Whitney's post from Week 3, My own grades from EDDE 802, and me designing (or rather re-designing) the introductory course in instructional design which I will teach/facilitate/rhizolead this summer. All these
Invasive species, echo chambers, and community: This week on Rhizo15!
Wed, May 13 2015 20:49 | #rhizo15, ANT, communities, community, EDDE802, instructionalDesign, MOOC, PhD, rhizomatic, rMOOC, SocialNetworkAnalysis
I was going for a News show feel with that title. I don't think it came across. The more I think about it the more I am thinking that video might satiate my dramatic tendencies - but that would take more acting talent and more time. It's just text for now! If you have an idea for a name for a Mock News Show (like the Daily Show but for EdTech, drop a comment ;-) )So, week 5 Rhizo15 - this
Latour: First Source Uncertainty - there are no groups!
Tue, May 12 2015 16:00 | #change11, #rhizo14, ANT, book, EDDE802, network, PhD, research, social, theory
Look for traces of the "social"One of the things I like about Rhizo14, and our collaboration, is that we keep going, exploring our participation, and collaboration post Rhizo14 through a variety of lenses. This keeps the mind active and exploring new areas. I've been meaning to get acquainted with Actor Network Theory (ANT), but the time is rarely right. Classes, work, other projects conspire
Learning Objectives...Subjectively learning...learning subjectives...
Wed, May 6 2015 04:00 | #rhizo15, EDDE802, instructionalDesign, learning, learningDesign, MOOC, objectives, rMOOC
I originally intended to do this over the weekend as part of RhizoRadio, but other "to-do" items kicked in and we're back to good-ol' text. I am hitting the rewind button (and you can't stop me), to go back to Week 1 of Rhizo15. The topic of Week 1 (as we are about to enter Week 4) is Learning Subjectives. When the topic came out my head was so steeped in EDDE802 that the topic didn't
Wed, Apr 29 2015 14:49 | #et4online, #rhizo14, #rhizo15, cMOOC, EDDE802, higherEd, instructionalDesign, MOOC, PhD, rMOOC, SMMedia
This is my mind at the momentI must admit, my attempt at a witty post title probably fell really flat. Oh well, that's why I am not a comedian :-). Out of the fire (EDDE 802) and into the Rhizome! This is technically week 2 (or is it week 3?) of Rhizo15. Normally a cMOOC (or as others in the Rhizo14 gang have named Rhizo - an rMOOC), there is a little disorientation to be expected,
Some closing thoughts on EDDE 802
Sat, Apr 18 2015 18:55 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, assignment, EDDE801, EDDE802, EdTech, MOOC, PhD, reflection
Snowed in? Reading about Research?Here's a badge for you!I suspect that this won't be the last post on my blog with the EDDE 802 label, but for the purposes of a final assignment in 802 this is my reflective last post for the course. EDDE 802 was fun, but it was a challenge. The content wasn't as challenging as the framing: being placed in the role of an impartial researcher, with a specific
Humanizing online education: we're not just a bunch of robots
Captain Data (an android)End of another week. Sometimes when I reach cognitive overload I feel like a stranded sailor - what days is it? where am I? what did I do this week? Did I learn this thing this week or last week? Anyway, I've taken some notes throughout the week so that I can discuss and summarize a bit things that made me think. So, I had discovered a MOOC,
One more assignemnt down... One to go...
I am starting to feel like Jack Bauer in 24 as EDDE 802 progresses. 60 days down in the semester, and 25 left to go. I can hear the clock ticking down...Assignment 3 was completed this weekend, a few days before it was actually due (thank you to Lisa for the peer review!). It's a small assignment describing the conceptual frameworks that we are going to use for researching a specific research
Mon, Mar 16 2015 04:30 | #altcred, #change11, #humanMOOC, #rhizo14, Analytics, canvas, CoI, EDDE802, INSDSG684, MOOC, rMOOC, xMOOC
Worlds have officially collided (either that, or the Rhizome has invaded my mind) ;-) This week is the beginning of Humanizing Online Instruction (or #humanMOOC) on the Canvas Network. As is usually the case, I tend to lurk in more MOOCs than I can actually "complete†"in any given period. Given my homework for EDDE 802, and my teaching work on INSDSG 684 (and let's not forget the day-job),
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
It's hard to believe, but this week we are commencing unit 4 (of 5) in EDDE 802 - which is all about data collection, thus leaving behind the research methodology unit. This past week has been particularly difficult due to the amount of reading. Now, I should say that my MA in Applied Linguistics has prepared me for a lot for the amount of reading an MA and a PhD student should be
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
Research: Process, Ethics, Validation, and Technicianship?
Wed, Jan 28 2015 18:14 | #massiveteaching, #moocfail, #remixthediss, #rhizo14, academia, achievement, alt-ac, APLING621, EDDE801, EDDE802, epistemology, ethics, ontology, PhD, ProfDev, professional, research, SLA
Derby Wharf, Salem, MA - Jan 2015 (Storm: Juno)I am sure that last one is a word I just made up on the spot. It's been a slow week in 802. I was reading Lisa's reflection on Lurking in 802 (she is in last year's cohort, so she is two courses ahead of us in Cohort 7), and how she viewed 802 at the time as a make or break experience for the Ed.D. program. While 801 last semester was a whirlwind
Axiology, Ontology, Epistemology, Researchology...
Alright, I made that last one up (probably). This week (Week 2/14) in EDDE 802 we are tackling knowing, ways of knowing, "valid" knowledge and ways of known, frameworks for research and so on. It's quite a huge topic, and something that even seasoned researchers keep coming back to and analyzing, debating, discussing, and re-evaluating. The prodding question this week to get our mental
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
DALMOOC, episode 2: Of tools and definitions
Sat, Nov 1 2014 04:30 | #DALMOOC, #lak11, Analytics, appliedLinguistics, cMOOC, corpusLinguistics, EDDE802, edx, Learning Analytics, linguistics, MOOC, PhD, xMOOC
My Twitter Analytics, 10/2014Another day, another #dalmooc post :) Don't worry, I won't spam my blog with DALMOOC posts (even if you want me to), I don't have that much time. I think over the next few days I'll be posting more than usual in order to catch up a bit. This post reflects a bit of the week 1 (last week's) course content and prodding questions. I am still exploring