Archive for the 'To do' Category

Things I am Ignoring

Published on June 3, 2008

A placeholder posting. I am going to file here the interesting things which I find in my data but do not include in my thesis. These can then be mentioned in my viva when I am asked ‘What next with this research?’

Questions about Vygotsky

Published on November 23, 2007

Things I’m wondering as I read about Vygotsky: (1) are scientific and everyday concepts mutually exclusive? (2) what are examples of scientific and everyday concepts? (3) do adults ever have everyday concepts or do we always fit things into a system of knowledge? (4) In fact, how much of what Vygotsky says can be transferred […]

Chris Mitchell

Published on September 17, 2007

Met Chris at the Designs for e-learning conference in London last week and his work is really relevant to what I am doing. What’s more, his presentation (of which he’s sent me a copy, thanks Chris) provoked a series of interesting questions. I therefore won’t blog about his presentation, as I have the full details […]

Networks and communities

Published on July 13, 2007

Is the difference – in educational terms – that networks are used for the exchange of skills and resources but have less power to create knowledge and transform people and identities? Must investigate.

Flickr badge

Published on May 10, 2007

I was just sending the first part of my email interviews out to students, when I thought I should check the link to my web page. I’d forgotten that I’d tried out my Flickr badge there. It works very effectively but lots of my Flickr pix were taken at the Guinness factory when I went […]

Having fun blogging CAL

Published on March 28, 2007

A CAL blog to check out Also, see Gill’s blog in the blog roll. Jin Tan presented a poster on blogging, so I’ll look out for CAL comments on her blog

Data collection

Published on March 8, 2007

I’ve finished one entire interview! Epistolary interviews do take a long time – this one took three and a half weeks, but there’s lots of very good and thoughtful data coming in, so I’m happy about that. Must sort out my data collection in a bit more detail, though. I have several groups in which […]


Published on January 17, 2007

My supervisors asked me to note in my blog / journal that I should consider my interview questions carefully as I am carrying out my interviews, and I should remember that I can change the questions to elicit the best possible data.

Teaching roles

Published on December 7, 2006

I ought to consider teaching in the online environment. Could start by breaking this down into the different roles generally encompassed by the term ‘teacher’ in this sort of environment. Most of them can be passed on to someone else, but perhaps they all need to be done for successful learning to take place? arbitrator […]

Emotional analysis

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Just been reading Guy Claxton, and that reminded me of the importance of emotion in education. Could I do an emotional analysis of the conference? Is it emotion that moves the students on, or does emotion get in the way of doing anything? I think, when a student gets upset about the deadlines, that stimulates […]