I am currently enjoying my first extended experience of teaching in (and on) Second Life. Here are a few images of the initial orientation sessions and later tutorials in action at two of our teaching spaces:
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Over the last few weeks, I’ve been
further working through my research involving discourse analysis along with network and other sociomaterial methods for my PhD. I think I’m developing a stronger understanding of of the method “in action” and Technology Enhanced Learning.
I’m also continuing to contribute to the development of two initiatives which I’ll hopefully write about sometime soon.
Over the last couple of weeks, my time has been spent on:
working with three part-time students as they start their dissertations
developing a couple of ideas on a new course involving what is, I think, an innovative structure. More to follow on both of these
writing a couple of papers for (hopeful) publication
planning a Course for a different programme on Managing Organisational Learning & Knowledge (MOLK) that will be a blended Course starting in January 2015.
attended an interesting workshop on employability for postgraduate students as part of the Making Most of Masters project. The emphasis on employability is being partly driven by changes in the PGT market as student recruitment is counter-cyclical to the economy. Hence the market for PGT students is expected to become more competitive and requiring HEIs to develop key added-value offers to students which often revolve around issues of employability, employment outcomes and employer engagement.
The Making Most of Masters project started with mapping what work-based learning was already taking place, then defining a model for work-based dissertations and delivering and refining the model to finally generate a self-sustaining model. This is essentially a toolkit for running work-based dissertation projects.
The focus for the next couple of weeks will be on finalising the draft papers and preparing for the teaching…. and, of course, marking dissertations….
Achievements for the week:
– two teaching session delivered
– an abstract for a conference paper submitted
– progressing on two larger project deliverables for the two European projects I’m working on.
Am starting to feel very tired given the intensity of working really since August. However, it does appear I’m developing a momentum towards recognition of a need for some admin support on the European projects which will make a difference.
I’ve also been revising course assessment tasks: one has been to align the assessment better with the overall practice-based approach to course delivery and the other to better scaffold a reflective portfolio assessment for an international student group more used to didactic, acquisitive and memorising approaches to learning.