Fall Semester, part 1

Currently entering Week 2 of Fall Semester, part 2. Organizing my notes, and realizing that I neglected to add my final Mindset of a Scholar Researcher paper from EDDC 716 (Creativity, Inquiry, and Innovation).

I am not adding all completed school work to this blog. Let's be honest—some of that writing is a bit dull. But, I wanted to chronicle my doctoral studies here and I wanted to have a creative outlet for all those mind-numbing reads and discussions. Besides, I told my Dad I'd host some things for him to read. At least I know I have one reader/follower on this blog. Thanks, Dad! 

I've added the final paper from EDDC 716 along with a few other projects to the Writing tab on this site. If you're curious about the curriculum and minutia of the coursework, check out the Reading tab & the wiki I use to track it all.

The writing samples posted to this site are in APA format but set in 12pt IBM Plex Serif instead of the required 12pt Times New Roman...because I think it looks much cleaner, especially on a screen.

human

Solid advice. Also, the more I like my own decisions—the less I need others to like them.

doing the work

People give me strange looks when I say I have homework or when I say I have reading. Their puzzled expression changes when I explain  that I’m working to complete my doctorate.

Typically, I am then presented with a question like, "Why would you want to do that?" or "What job will it create for you?" To be blunt:

A) I am doing this for myself and B) I do not know.

All I know is that this terminal degree program has kept me busy, and that I have neglected my posts here. This blog was intended to be a chronicle of my experience as a doctoral learner. And, I need to prioritize a few things such as this blog, my health, and quality time with my dogs. 

Since entering the program in late May, the focus on other aspects of my life has been tricky to manage. Yet, I'm still learning. Once I complete the program, I am positive that the job opportunities will present themselves...along with a new set of priorities.

So, I keep doing the work.

Plan the work. Work the plan.

knowledge

“Instead of buying your children all the things you never had, you should teach them all the things you were never taught. Material wears out but knowledge stays.”

—Bruce Lee

elements

Week 6 of 8. Also the wind-up (or is it wind-down?) of the first half of the Fall term. As my previous post noted, the end-goal of this 8 week session is to develop a framework. Specifically, the alignment between research interest, research question, theories, and a sample of literature. Sounds easy, right?

Finding that unifying these elements is no small task. I didn't anticipate that it would be. However, my research is proving to be the most problematic. There is little data, qualitative or quantitative, that supports my problem statement. At least, newer studies (within the last five years) are scant. 

However, I put this slideshow together. It's basic. It's riddled with errors and it needs clarification by way of refining sample literature. It's also missing the Voicethread narration, but it's a start.

*Once this Voicethread is complete, I will post it here for your critique. Feedback welcome!



frameworks

Learning about frameworks: conceptual, practical, and theoretical. Framework(s) is a word that gets thrown around a lot in education circles. But, there are so many other considerations:

  • alignment
  • findings
  • data
  • rhetoric
  • the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow


creativity, inquiry, & innovation

Wrapping up the third week of the first half of the Fall semester. Currently, learning about creativity, inquiry, & innovation. Also, researching instructional technologies. A lot. 

Finding that there are numerous studies that speak to the efficiencies in using tech in the classroom, but very few speaking to the enhancement of learning, or infusing higher-order thinking skills. I am working "to interpret, analyze, synthesize, and develop an argument for [my] research."

By the way, what ever happened to the Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy?

Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket.

—Eric Hoffer