I confess that it is well over a year since my last post – alright, almost 2 years!! Such a lot happens when you blink – finished my masters course, was poorly for a while (better now, thank you) and now I’ve started my PhD. I’m not promising anything about intended frequency of postings here, but will say that I intend to use this blog as a place to reflect on interesting stuff that happens during the course of my research.
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MathThink MOOC v4 – Part 9. I just love this insight from Dr Keith Devlin who runs a MOOC. It would be great to hear from some participants with an insight into their background and what they get out of participating in a MOOC ….anyone??
Brilliant advice from Pat Thompson on the Introduction chapter which I intend to follow for my dissertation.
The old adage “first impressions count” really holds true when it comes to thesis introductions. After the title and the abstract, the introduction is the first thing the examiner sees. They/we do form an opinion – sometimes quite a strong one – on what the rest of the text will be like, based on what comes at the start.
But before worrying about how to get the perfect opening sentence, paragraph and section, I find it helpful to think about the WORK that the thesis introduction has to do.
The introduction has to clearly set the WARRANT for the thesis – the mandate, the rationale for doing the research. That is, you need to establish that we don’t know something about a particular topic, and that we need, or it would be interesting and worthwhile, to know it. However, it is not sufficient to simply say that there is a…
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Interesting comparison of pedagogic methods in moocs
The Web as a classroom is transforming how people learn, is driving the need for new pedagogy; two recently launched courses at Cousera highlight what happenswhen pedagogical methods fail to adapt.
I wrote recently about the Fundamentals of Online: Education [FOE] the Coursera course that was suspended after its first week and is now in MOOC hibernation mode. Over thirty thousands students signed up for the course hoping to learn how to develop an online course. It was a technical malfunction when students were directed to sign-up for groups through a Google Doc that shuttered the course, along with hundreds of student complaints about lack of clear instructions, and poor lecture quality. The course was suspended on February 2, and there has been no word yet as to when it will resume :(.
On the other hand there is the e-Learning and Digital Cultures course also offered…
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But I’m now resurrecting my blog! Starting my dissertation on moocs, exploring issues of power, knowledge and hegemony !?? Intend to use this blog to reflect as I go through the research process.
Couldn’t manage to get a decent view of my walkthrough uploaded – really it does consist of more than one page! I’ve already spent far too long on this aspect of the assignment and so I’m going to email the link to Liz. Hopefully the rationale is sufficiently detailed for purposes of understanding how the project is designed to work and I’ve included a link to the actual project.
Finally, just want to wish everyone on the module good luck with their assignments.
All the best,