Dec 07

Crowdsourcing the PhD search…

Since I have a captive, in a sense, audience, I thought I would use the power of the crowd to help me identify a suitable PhD program for myself :)

Now, over the years I’ve been thinking about pursuing a PhD, but a sage mentor once told me that I should take at least a year break from school before making any decisions.  Essentially clear the head out, think about what I like to do, and then think about what PhD program might be most appropriate for me.  Well, it’s been four years, and I’ve already made a few excel spreadsheets with potential programs, but they all fall short in some way shape or form, usually the main issue is financial ;-)  So, I thought I would tap into the wisdom of the crowds on the web, on #edcmooc, and people following the Sloan Consortium to see what you all think about my (potentially unreasonable) conditions for the “perfect” PhD program; it can be an EdD too – PhD is just short-hand for the purposes of this post. Continue reading

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Dec 07

MOOC Participants who liked this post, also found this useful….

Jeeves will point you to the right discussion forum

A couple of years ago when I was putting pen to paper and I was working on my Academic Check-ins paper I was doing some more research into recommender systems, you know the systems like the ones that they have on Amazon.com and Netflix whereby if you rate a certain product in a certain way, or if you view certain products, more recommendations come up based on your usage pattern of the system.

Now, those systems aren’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but they can serve as ways of finding some diamond in the rough that you didn’t know exist. Continue reading

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Nov 14

Some Mid-Week #edcmooc thoughts & reactions

Take one blog, mix with others, add own thought
and see what happens

Over the past couple of days I’ve been reading what fellow participants have contributed to the blogosphere on #edcmooc.  I’ve watched the week 2 videos (more on that in post during the weekend), and I am slowly reading (or re-reading) some of the food-for-thought articles posted for week two.

To keep things manageable, I decided to devote only 3 days to fellow participant’s blog posts, so I can move forward with other materials well. Continue reading

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Nov 12

End of week 1 edcmooc

With good intentions I began the week with a methodical approach to my learning but ended as the ‘flitting butterfly’ learner I seem to be. I will insist that this was mostly down to prioritising…

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Nov 12

#edcmooc THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING DIGITAL BOOKS ON SMARTBOARDS

The same we love paper books.. at school is incredible usefull having a bibliography of digital books, learning books, little stories,that they can be projected and capt the attention of all the children. Feel free to give us some examples and interesting ones leaving a comment on that post! Continue reading

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Nov 12

#edcmooc: One man’s dystopia…

Seems like Week 1 of #edcmooc is now done, and I’ve read (or in some cases reviewed) the readings and videos that they had posted as resources for Week 1. During the Week 1 live session recap and discussion there was an indication that there were 20,000 registrants for the MOOC.  I’d be interested in seeing how many of those 20,000 follow through and “complete” the MOOC, whatever “completion” means to the organizers of the course. Continue reading

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