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WeekNotes [01092013]

Its been a good week with lots going on:

  • We had the final partner meeting and project conference for the Lang2Tech project on assessment and certification of Second Language Competence in Technicians. There seems to be a positive momentum to sustaining the project products but increasing recognition that commercial viability will require extending the project to more languages and occupation groups – which all seems a bit daunting just now!
  • Finalised a chapter for a book on research methods in Human Resource Development.
  • A paper co-authored with Ally Memon was accepted for the Society for Higher Education Research conference in December. The paper is drawn from our research on competence-based approaches to Masters level teaching and learning for the Propound project.
  • Other research outputs remain ongoing but I hope to push them forward through the discipline of writing for at least one hour per day this week. This is an attempt at implementing a maker schedule.
  • The experiment with Trello for project management is proving helpful – mainly for lists and tracking bigger tasks and I need to think through what will work best for me in terms of listing the micro-next actions as it feels like Trello won’t work for *me* for that.Submitting the penultimate progress report on the  as well as completing a few small tasks for that and the I’m still working to get to grips with Moodle but do feel like I’m getting somewhere!

Week notes [16082013]

This my first week note since returning from holiday so it’s really been pretty much a fortnight involving:

    Reading and commenting on seven chapters of student dissertations and one complete draft dissertation
    Submitting the penultimate progress report on the Lang2Tech project as well as completing a few small tasks for that and the Propound project
    I’m continuing to get to grips with Moodle as I amend an online course
    Experimenting with Trello for project management
    Slowly progressing on my PhD paper on Actor Network Theory; revising a conference paper for submission to a journal and final amendments of a book chapter.

So it’s been a productive period really. Why? Well a lot fewer meetings has helped as I’ve been able to schedule some reasonable chunks of time for larger tasks. I’m far from where I want to be in terms of scheduling (a kind of modified maker schedule) but am continuing to improve but the key problems remains attempting to progress across too many different activities.

Weeknotes [02112012]

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.

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week notes [sort of]

its been a bit too long since the last of these – maybe I should call them just erratic notes except I like the intention.

Essentially, the last couple of weeks have been broadly about getting as much operational ‘stuff’ done – the volume of bits of paper seem ridiculous to me (and really badly designed which is demoralising). Thinking of the future is also difficult as no decisions are being made on extensions of contracts… oh the joys of the public sector!

Students are currently moving into dissertations which is exciting (I can still say that as this is only my second round of dissertations. There’s some interesting trends emerging in topics chosen by the students with career development/ mentoring as one key theme and the other being work-life balance/ workplace stress being the other. Neither is too surprising given the economic climate and recent news from China (where a number of students come from and will be going back to).

Had an interesting discussion around researching social media in education and how to cut through the hyperbole without just saying “bull” to everything. What the discussion highlighted was my lack of clarity in the critical lenses to be used in my research – hopefully more on that to follow. Also, its very apparent to me that I’m not engaging sufficiently with the social media in learning world (I blame workload but it’s really about priorities – I’m a good lurker).

Also intend to play around with the design of this blog as a creative outlet ….

week notes

Following reading the Russel M Davies article in Wired mag and having enjoyed reading the weekly staff meetings of David Seah’s Agencium, I’ve decided to try a weeknotes “discipline’ myself. Also, i’m thinking this may help in giving me a greater sense of structure at work.

This week has involved a lot of marking activities. While wanting to find a sense of mindful contemplation while doing this, I failed – I failed very badly and have instead (and again) found marking to be painful….

More enjoyable has been progressing my PhD research and sorting out an adapted systematic review approach to part of my literature review (see Tranfied et al 2003) and reading a fair wack of stuff on social media & learning. More on this to follow.

Also a good workshop in work at the Higher Education Academy on international students – realised the complexities of the issues involved and that any ‘solution’ involves simplification which in turn generates its own set of problems …. Will be thinking through some of the implications here re: planning ahead on student support and engagement.

What i’m finding difficult at the moment is having a broad range of things to do (marking, dissertation supervision, business development, research, student recruitment, programme development, planning for the year ahead – if contract is renewed – etc…). Now some of these activities have their own pace and deadlines others not – its the nots that are difficult. Do I inch forward on them all together or prioritise a couple to drive forward on into a sticking point …. that seems to be my current issue problem.

References
Tranfield, D, Denyer, D, and Smart, P. (2003) Towards a Methodology for Developing Evidence-Informed Management Knowledge by Means of Systematic Review. British Journal of Management.14(3):207-222.