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What's done and what's to do

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This title runs throughout the blog and it's really a way of me keeping tabs on where I am in the whole doctoral research process - however, I feel that it's also potentially useful to share as a way of showing the process itself...

What's done Began my Independent Study Research Module (ISRM) work - this is a very large step on the way towards writing the doctorate itself - it is composed of four chapters, including introduction, literature review and methodology - this is what I've done this week: - incorporated notes from a meeting with my supervisor - dumped rough notes I'd taken about eLearning and pedagogy - included a very great deal of work from an earlier assignment, which I realised is both pretty good and relevant! Read article about reflexivity - which turns out to have been written by a counsellor and referenced some person-centred research methodologists that I have already encountered, which is rather niceExtensively reorganised and streamlined my '…

Videos about Person Centred Approach

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I'm unfamiliar with the blogging platform, Tumblr, but I discovered this pretty amazing layout of a set of videos explaining key principles and offering an overview of the Person Centred Approach - and I just love the presentation, really neat and well worth spending a little time exploring...

Here's an example of one about 'unconditional positive regard' - or 'acceptance' or 'prizing' - referring to the therapy relationship, but this is also one of the (three) attitudes that the facilitator should take towards learners in creating an environment in which learners can flourish:


I've subscribed to the blog, although I don't expect updates any day soon, as each video has the ominous '1 Year Ago' beneath it, showing when content was last posted.

On strangling the holy curiosity of inquiry

A few months ago, I chanced upon a new (to me, although it's been around for 25 years) and quite lively eLearning network called... the eLearning Network. As I'm in eLearning and as I'm making some changes in my professional life, I joined and attended an event by the network, which was mighty fine (blogged previously). Whilst there, I picked up their associated publication, e-learning age and was pretty excited to see ON THE COVER a key article about rehumanising learning: right up my street, I thought!

Not to be - this article was badly misinformed about the person-centred approach and parodied the approach in the most heinous manner (admittedly, this was not the main thrust of the article in question, which itself made some fair points). Anyway, outraged I sat down and worked up a response - which I'm glad to say has been published in this month's magazine, so I thought I'd reproduce it here for wider perusal and comment.

As an eLearning professional who is…

Virtual Conference Tomorrow (May 2nd)

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Google Education are presenting (what I think is the first) 'On Air', an online conference using Google+ Hangouts (which is, btw, a fabulous conferencing/webcasting tool). There are half a dozen topics to choose from in six different categories, covering the educational purposes and uses of Google Apps, Youtube, the Cloud, Digital Literacy, portfolios... well, it's a long list, so here's the very first, which is titled 'Hot Topics in Educational Technology':  2pm PD Now! 3pm Blended Learning  4pm Digital Literacy & Citizenship  5pm Teachers as Innovators and Entrepreneurs 6pm Digital Natives at The Gates: Giving in to 21st Century Learners is Not the Same as Giving Up  8pm Building Tomorrow's Innovators and Leaders with Robotics And here are the rest of the sessions: https://sites.google.com/site/eduonair/conference-sessions

Times are for Eastern time, so add 4 hours for UK time.