All Finished……

The last post has been a while in the making, I handed in my completed dissertation on 1st December and took the rest of the month to have a well deserved break. Overall the process of completing my MA has been a throughly enjoyable one, I’ve had excellent supervisors and the support of amazing colleagues who’ve been happy for me to run ideas past them on this amazing three year journey.

All good things must come to the end and today I was handed my results, so I guess that’s as good a final milestone as any. For anyone wanting a welcoming ear or to someone to bounce ideas from (if completing a similar project), I’m happy to be on hand in the way many others have been to me.

The whole process of undertaking my MA had been wonderful and I urge anyone with a passion for education to consider applying to do a similar course, you’ll learn things about yourself you never realised and it will really cement the areas of expertise you’re most confident with. It’s been invaluable and I’ve gained a rather nice MA distinction in the process.

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Proof Reading!

Finally made it to proof reading stage! 🙂

This weekend really spent a lot of time going over the recommendations that have arisen out of my research. Personally I’m pleasantly surprised how many overlap with current government and education initiatives. I’m really hoping that my project helps to set some of my recommendations into motion as I feel they would make a real difference instiutionally.

One more essay to go and then it’s hand in a week tomorrow!

Final Countdown

Only another few weeks and I’ll be handing in, I’ve spent so many days and evenings frantically typing I’ll be really pleased when I turn up on the 30th November to get my dissertation bound. Currently working through the findings section so spending a lot of time in excel hoping that will be finished this week so I can start on conclusions and recommendations. Not long now!

Quote

“Researchers are merely the interpreters between the community they describe and the audience to which they report their findings”

Brannick, T. and Coghlan, D., 2007. In Defence of Being “Native”: The Case for Insider Academic Research. Organizational Research Methods, 10(1), pp.59-74.

Jisc Digital Capability Framework

Wasn’t sure if I’d mentioned this framework yet on my blog, thought it was worth sharing especially as it directly relates to the House of Lords Digital Skills report which was released this year. Make or Break: The UK’s Digital Future proposes that it is the responsibility of educational institutions to ensure all graduates are digitally competent.

The Jisc framework sets out the skills that are needed for digital capability, and relates to professional services and administrative departments as well as academics.

Well worth a look – https://www.jisc.ac.uk/rd/projects/building-digital-capability

Interactive Hype Cycle

Really pleased to have stumbled across an interactive representation of Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Education. I’ve only previously known this information to be shown as a diagram to accompany the annual report so it’s really nice to find a fantastic online version developed by the University of Minnesota.

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What’s also brilliant with this version is that it additionally incorporates data from the Horizon report. Filtering is really intuitive and gives a great overview of all the data as a whole.

Ethics Resources – Macfarlane

Looking into writing up the rest of my ethics section this weekend, I’ve already made a small start on this section and can draw upon a lot of the resources I’ve been looking over as part of the research process. Checking my Mendeley references and came across a book that I had earmarked to look at but hadn’t gotten round to yet: Researching with integrity : the ethics of academic enquiry by Bruce Macfarlane.

The book covers ethical research and how to avoid unethical situations in your research, with a specific focus on enquiry in academic settings. My study involves academic participants within an institution and although my role is situated within a professional services capacity I still feel there might be much to gain from this resource.

Jisc NUS Benchmarking Tool

As part of the digital student project currently being undertaken by Jisc a benchmarking tool has just been released that aims to improve student experience across institutions. I’m an avid follower of the digital student project and have constantly found the resources provided as part of the project to be invaluable and really worthwhile in engaging staff in conversations around student expectations.jisc-summer-of-student-innovationaltc2015-20-638

Several learning technologist colleagues have mentioned this tool in particular in the last week so thought I’d also share here!

Benchmarking tool NUS Jisc Digital Student Digital Experience Benchmarking tool

Research Methods in Education

Have just downloaded the online book: Research Methods in Education edited by Louis Cohen, Lawrence Manion, Keith Morrison and Richard Bell. Really hoping that this will have some information that might relate back to my MA project.

As I’ve been going through the research phase of my MA I’ve been making lots of notes and saving readings into Mendeley. Although I divided readings into very concise folders it has got the point where I need to review this material to see if they still have relevance. This book is first on a very long list!