It has been a while since I have taken part in an open course but a couple from the University of Auckland have recently caught my eye. So, I have jumped in full of enthusiasm to take part in the Mobile and Social Media Learning Technologies course otherwise known as #mosomelt.
During in the first week we were asked to log in to/set up an account for:
1: Moodle (where the discussions will be posted)
3: WordPress (to post reflections on)
My initial thoughts were, this would be easy. I have managed Moodle in a previous role and therefore experienced in using both the browser and app versions. I have been using Twitter (with various levels of engagement) for over 10 years. And I already have a WordPress site where I post my reflections. Well if you are reading this the chances are number 2 and number 3 have been fine. Unfortunately I have had a fail with Moodle. I receive notifications to my email when others post in Moodle but for some reason none of the emails I need to log in into Moodle arrive in my inbox (or my junk mailbox). I am not sure this is a reflection on my ability to use Moodle but it has made me think about how students feel when they cannot get the technology to work, how easy it is to feel you are being a nuisance asking for help and how tempting it is just to give up. Nevertheless I haven’t given up yet and I hope that I manage to get access so I can share to the community but in the meantime I am still reading what others post and interacting vai other channels.
What do I hope to achieve taking part in #mosomelt?
The idea of joining a community of practice with a group of people interested in sharing ideas and good practice around using mobile and social media learning technologies is definitely appealing. I suppose my goals for the course are to reflect on what I am currently doing and that I gain new ideas I can utilise in my own practice. Finally I have previously found that taking part in cMOOC like this helps to increase my professional network. As much as I like growing my network of connections there is also something very comforting seeing familiar faces in the same community. There are definitely a few #LTHEchat-ers that have signed up having seen the email from the Association of Learning Technologists so once again I find one community overlapping with another…
The Midwifery team from Auckland University of Technology have joined the #MOSOMELT cMOOC YAY!
May the 5 was International day of the midwife- celebrating our incredible, amazing profession went global. Our community is wide and varied. I look forward to developing our COP for the enhancement of midwifery education L&T practice.
The first blog of my PhD journey, or is it to be likened more to a rollercoaster ride- out of my control with spontaneous screaming and stomach curdling… When I submitted my PGR2 (expression of enrolment) on 22nd February, I was really at the point of “I just want to get over the starting line”. It now seems that I have a new starting line, as I prepare for my PGR9 (confirmation of candidature research proposal).
I know that I am not alone as I feel like I am constantly balancing full-time work (lecturer), family (supportive wife and three kids), extra-curricular (which seem to focus on the kids activities), and full-time PhD preparation. Leading up to the time of submission, I acknowledged the value of routine. I am now regularly getting up at 5am to start writing/ researching (not sure what to call it just yet) and get a couple of hours in before the kids get up and the “real day” starts. A month now since my PGR2 was accepted, I have added getting up at 5am and block off eight hours dedicated to PhD time. The family are accommodating of this (so far)- as they know that after 1pm, we can do “family time” (fortunately for now, their sports and extracurricular are during the week, with no weekend sport).
My project will be looking at a few key concepts- the use of extended reality for higher order thinking in healthcare higher education. I wont go into these now, as am sure will expand on as the blogs continue.
As I look over my first month, it is nice to see some shift in my thinking, though also the realisation that I “don’t know, what I don’t know, therefore I want to know it all, though feel am only able to do this on a superficial level” . My primary supervisor (TC) is reassuring that is normal to feel messy at this point- and to acknowledge that is going to be messy for a while yet- hopefully the seemingly thick cloud of doubt will thin out by the time of my PGR9. To try to clarify thought and document my thinking I (1) bullet point key ideas in an Evernote note; (2) use a Mind-map to make links between key concepts; and (3) PowerPoint Slides to draw out some detail of the concepts as they develop. Also helps when looking back over the week (as sometimes go back and find my self asking “What on Earth was I thinking then?”).
I see that at the beginning of the month, I was caught up in thinking about “what’s the end result going to look like?” This question created “noise”- and as my kids know- I don’t do well with noise… I found myself looking at the new, shiny pieces of technology (extended reality) that I might need to consider for this project, which spiralled me away from readings on the other concepts outlined above.
While looks like a productive month of April (developing search strategies with Librarian, outlining PGR9 framework, and attending “Introduction to Qualitative Research” Workshop), it is appreciated how quickly the month has gone.
The aim for May is to be better in saying “No” and protecting my “PhD time”, and to be clearer about the key concepts and theoretical framework for the project ahead. Let’s see how I go in the next blog…
This blog follows my journey as I embark on my PhD. Officially enrolled on 1st March 2019 (have learnt from Grand Designs not to put an expected finish date…), I will blog highlights (and low-lights) monthly as I progress with the doctorate.