The other side

Anyone who reads Thesis Whisperer knows about the inevitable letdown that occurs when a student finishes their PhD.  Last week’s post by Lara Skelly about breaking up with her dissertation was particularly insightful regarding the post-dissertation condition. She describes the feelings of loss, the surprising inadequacies of having other people “being proud” of your accomplishments, and the fact…

The Deconstructed Dissertation

It’s been 17 days since I’ve successfully defended my dissertation.  Since then, I’ve made my edits, published the dissertation under a CC-BY-SA license on four platforms (ProQuest, the university repository, academia.edu, and my own website, although it’s not showing up on the first two yet),  presented at the AACU General Education and Assessment Meeting in New…

On having your dissertation defense live-tweeted

For the gift of their expertise, care, and time in live-tweeting my dissertation defense, I owe Valerie Holton and Lee Skallerup Bessette more than I can say.  This post is dedicated to them. For me, the story starts with Bonnie Stewart‘s dissertation defense. She livestreamed it, and because I care about her, her research, and…

A Letter to Myself Before Defending My Dissertation

It was never about the degree. You should remember to say that to yourself that when you start your defense presentation and again while you wait in the hallway for the committee’s decision. You have an MD. You graduated with top honors from medical school, got through a particularly malignant residency program, carved out a successful…

Learning Goals at the Intersection of Connected and Open

Thus far, I’ve described educational philosophy and course design at the intersection of open and connected learning. Next up: What do we want students to get out of taking these courses? So I feel like we are getting on even more treacherous ground here, but watch me keep going.  What should happen by the end…

Course Design at the Intersection of Connected and Open

I just finished writing a blog post describing the  VCU approach to the Intersection of Connected and Open.  It made me feel better about my ability to organize my literature review for my dissertation, so I made myself  a cup of tea and I’m going to keep going. What would a course look like at…

At the Intersection of Open and Connected.

My home institution, Virginia Commonwealth University, is supposedly innovating at the intersection of connected learning and open education (according to our QEP) and I’m inclined to think that’s true, but, as usual, innovative assessment is lagging behind innovative instructional design. That’s why my dissertation research relates to creating alternative assessment strategies for VCU’s connected courses….

A Response to Bayne’s Striated and Smooth Article

Context in which I wrote this: Concourse D Admirals Club, La Guardia Airport New York, April 21, 2014, with a plate full of celery and an overfilled glass of red wine, on the way to #ET4Online. I like celery and red wine as a combination, so this is ok. But the point is that I…

Student Handouts for Twitter-based Activities

For those of you who use Twitter in the classroom, I’ve begun creating information pages to help students understand what EXACTLY we want them to do. They are CC licensed (indicated at the bottom of each handout). Contact me via twitter (@googleguacamole) if you need them in .png or .doc format – I’d be happy…

The Next Twitter Journal Club #TJC15

Several weeks ago, several of us engaged in a lively experiment – what would happen if we tried to read a journal article together, in real time, live-tweeting it as we went along? This question resulted in the first #TJC15 event, which has been blogged about here and here and here. The gist of the activity is…

Twitter Journal Club #TJC15

February 20, 2015 Edit: We haven’t even gotten started and we have requests for a queue! So I’ve started a google form for now. Spreadsheet should be publicly available so that you can see everyone’s choices if you are curious – I just wanted to play around with Google Forms. Thanks for your indulgence on…

A Multidimensional Thread

1.  (Almost) Quantitative Discourse Analysis. Two days, five participants, four article links, three attached images, three hashtags, and at least 11 educational researchers and theoretical frameworks.  That’s one way of assessing (describing, documenting) the Twitter conversation that @bali_maha, @catherinecronin, @suzankoseoglu, @sarspri, and I  had between February 15 and February 17, 2015, a conversation that has been Storified…