Am very excited about NDLTD in Australia. I do wish it were at the usual time, but I thank Ed Fox for keeping me focused on what matters--Graduate Education.
I need to develop a proposal for the Conference, something that will be interesting and Maybe I could work on developing my resources for writers to help doctoral students....http://www.writersatwork.us/default.html or http://researchblog.org/
Here's an inspiring piece on conducting research:
Principles of Effective Research by M. Nielson, http://www.qinfo.org/people/nielsen/blog/archive/000120.html
I need tomove to this blog from my other blog at writingblog....We haven't seen any growth here and I need to work to make this a more focused, helpful place.
Exploring the Use of Blogs as Learning Spaces in the Higher Education Sector The authors write that "the chief purpose of this paper is to comment, critically, on the potential for blogs as 'learning spaces' for students within the higher education sector," which it does with an examination of how blogs have been used at Harvard Law School and Queensland University of Technology. Some interesting bits, including some reflection on the dearth of refereed literature about blogging (the edu-bloggers tending to put the work in their blogs instead, where it is subject to a rather more vigorous screening). "The fact of the matter is that blogging, for all intents and purposes, is a grassroots phenomenon. For this reason, academic bloggers, if they are true to their ideals, may be more concerned about spreading their message in the blogosphere than in the 'Journal of Obscure Facts'! ... blogging seems to be working in practice, but does it work in theory?" Some empirical research, which may as well be published in an academic journal, where standards are lower, since a sample of 51 self-selected people wouldn't stand a moment's scrutiny in the blogging community. By Jeremy B Williams and Joanne Jacobs, Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, Summer, 2004 From Stephen Downes - OLDaily
1.9 million Americans enrolled in at least one online course in 2003: http://www.sloan-c.org/resources/sizing_opportunity.pdf
I met w/ the Amazing Dr. B. yesterday to come up w/ a work flow strategy for our online pilot. Sometimes hard to move forward when there are so many tool choices