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Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Reflections on right and wrong and friendship

Tuesday 12;30 Skype discussion. We talked about reflection, journaling, networks and interviews.

We discussed how there is a worry about being ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ at first but in fact it is your practice so the right and wrong is only in terms of what you want your practice/you to be. Obviously if you are just doing something because you’ve been told to – there is a wrong-ness to this because it is not useful because you don’t know why you are doing it. But this is not ‘doing it wrong’. It is an indication you need to do it with more depth or do something with it (like research it). But that is not ‘wrong’ (it is an opportunity!). So, you can be the judge of your work’s ‘right and wrong’ through reflecting on it – is it useful, is it practical, are you growing? Is it relevant to what you want to achieve? Those are the questions that can steer your learning journey when you are not sure of your direction. Be a friend to yourself not a judge.

What also supports you is discussion communication, sharing, community with other people interested in the same things as you. People on the skype discussion always comment on how sometimes Distance Education is lonely because you are the only one of the people you know doing it. The blogs are how you keep networked in with other people doing the course. They are to create a community so taking time to post short blogs posts and comment on other people’s blogs is really an important part of the learning experience. This is about a kind of generosity of commenting even if you do not feel your comment is perfect yet!!

Then your community grows from peers on the course to people who have written about or made art about the things you are interested in – the literature, the artists. It is funny sometimes reading a book can end up with you feeling very close to the author because they have put things that were in your head into words beautifully. Or because they have opened up a new way of thinking that gives you more air – more ideas.

Our networks are things we put energy into like comments on a blog post and which feed us with inspiration.

Have an experience and reflect on that experience – doing this changes the experience. Often it changes the experience to a moment of learning.

People on the chat that are posting on some of these things are:

Shanice can you put your blog address in the comments.

Please comment everyone


Sunday, 18 March 2018

Skype chat Tuesday

Tuesday March 20th is a skype discussion day.
We have a Skype at
12:30 (time in London)
5pm (time in London)

Please indicate below in the comments which you will attend and what you will to talking about.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Twilight Skype

This week, on Tuesday 13th March, we have twilight skypes for those people who have odd hours or are time zones where the regular times have been difficult. Or for those who just want to get up early!!

These skype sessions are part of the course try to attend them when you can. They are not inter changeable with one-to-ones because they are about the collaboration of working together with other professionals and people with other perspectives (your colleagues on the course).
We have one at;
7am (time in London)
9pm (time in London)

Please comment below to indicate which one you will attend.


Friday, 9 March 2018

Literature Review

A Literature Review - reviews the literature. It is like standing in the library and saying "these shelves are books and journals on aspects of xxxx", "these shelves are by people who have xxx perspective". It is not about one or two books. A Literature Review overviews what is out there and gives you a context for where you stand.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Sessions this week

On the Calendar on UniHub we have a RPL tutorial at 5pm on Tuesday. This is canceled because we are on hold for the new RPL forms. Please also see the post last week-

Campus session is on Friday 9th March (noon-3pm). We will be in room BG10
You can ago to information desk for directions if you are not familiar with the room.

Please indicate in the comments below if you will be coming.  

Friday, 2 March 2018

Critical thinking and reflection

Thinking about why we are so interested in Critical Thinking - it is so we can reflect on the complexities of the story of life. It is not just one story. Question literature, interviews yourself - not to be argumentative!!! but to try to see things from new perspectives (an opportunity).
Have a look at this video - comment below.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Quick survey

How many of you have ISTD qualifications. Could you comment below if you have (and say what they are if you want to but no pressure on that.)
Thanks Adesola

Literature & NOT getting the answer (One & Three)

On Tuesday we had Skype discussions with a Module Three focus. We talked about a number of things. Those attending will be posting significant moments or ideas on their blogs so have a read around the community. 

Overall, we discussed interviews and similar data collection tools. Some people are doing surveys. However, I would say due to the small numbers of respondent and the spaces for people to explain their ideas that people reported they are making in their surveys - they are really more like web-based interviews. The questions and topics are not ones where the number of people thinking X is important. This is because you are trying to find out more about something (X) - Not trying to find what to think. And why would you just automatically think the same as the largest number of people anyway!! So, we confirmed that hearing what people thought was important to nearly everyone’s inquiry in Module Three: it is not about numbers (quantitative data) it is about the quality and depth of understanding (qualitative data).

But then people were worried about getting the 'right' data. The interviews (data) are not the answer. You are not going to people to piece together an answer for your inquiry. You have to question and analyse the data - you are using to ask why does someone say that, how they said, is it what the literature said, what perspective does what they are saying come from. 
And where are 'you' in all this. You can't be invisible, non-bias, it’s your inquiry every choice you have made is 'bias'. it is not about disappearing and leaving it up to your participants to sort out for you through their answers. It is about being aware and reflective on your own presence in the research. How were you during the interview, did the weather affect you and how you spoke? Why did people say what they said and what response did you have and why that response? What did they challenge in your own assumptions. If it was exactly what you expected why?? 

In the PM chat we said it is like pieces of a puzzle (or adding spices to a pot) each bit of the inquiry - you, participants, literature, reflective journal - all add and mix together so you can discuss the topic with more knowledge at the end of the module than you could at the start.

We also pointed out that the literature is not to find someone to tell you the 'truth' or the 'history' of something. It is a 'truth' or a 'history' and there will be different versions. You are looking at the literature to find out what other people think. This is to use the literature to inform and question your own thinking. 

Points we made at the end of the discussion were:
  • Its about interpretation
  • Not looking for the answer in the interviews - looking for new why questions? 
  • its like a jigsaw puzzle
  • You can/have to be part of the picture 
  • Don't restrict yourself with the literature explore further afield - don't just have one source  
  • Us the literature to inform what you ask or look for in the data collection process.
  • All you are doing now is part of the inquiry - it’s not clean and simple "I go out and ask questions and get the answer". It is messy full of questions and changes and thinking/feeling - because you are trying to find out something new to you. 

Skypes with a Module One focus were on Monday. We asked Module three in the Tuesday discussions to write something useful or significant about Module One in the comments below on this post. If you are a Module Three and were not at the discussion you can still writing something in the comments below too – a gift to Module Ones…