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Tags: Discussion boards, literature review, CEP week
Hello Everyone, I can’t believe it, it is already week #15 our- final week in the course! Next week, of course, is CEP week and you do have a Research Journal Entry due on Monday, as well as a course evaluation (which will be email to you by an outside vendor). But this is really the last week of the heavy lifting in our course, ADE 689. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. The discussion is going very well. I think these past three weeks of presentation discussion have been incredibly valuable, and I can see how you all are progressing in the questions you ask and the comments you make about each presentation. I am seeing real growth here and I think it is incredible. Make no mistake, you have learn a tremendous amount of information in this course. The final two assignments of the course- the Literature Review and the Hypothetical Research Presentation- are among the hardest assignments in the entire ADE program. They were supposed to be challenging. I am glad that you found them challenging and I hope you were able to see how learning about the research methods is one thing, but applying those methods to readings to analysis and synthesis of articles, and applying those methods to an actual research project, is a different animal all together. I am so happy in this course that we were able to both learn about the methods and actually apply and use the methods. I think you are all doing a terrific job and I love the growth that I am seeing on the discussion boards. You all received back from me via email your scored literature reviews. Great work everyone! Doing a literature review is a tremendous undertaking and you should be very proud of yourself for completing one. I sent them via email so that you will get all of my detailed comments in your Word documents. I know the Blackboard grade book has been a source of great frustration to us all, so for that assignment I decided just to send it to you directly so that we can cut the Blackboard middle man. Please do review the comments I made in your Literature Reviews and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. As always, if you think you were graded inappropriately or unfairly, definitely contact me right away. I’d be happy to talk with you about your score. In general, I think you all did a really good job and I think you all are moving forward, which is the most important point. This week we are finishing up our discussions. We have three presentations going and you all are doing an excellent job on those discussions. The boards are open until Wednesday 10pm. On Thursday, I will post the presentation scores to our presenter’s grade books and I will post those presentations summaries in each of the presentation discussion boards. Those summaries are my interpretation of what the most important critiques of each presentation have been. Please do not look at peer feedback or my feedback as a critique of you- this is a really important and essential process in learning how to become a great researcher. We’ve (those of us who are now working in research and scholarship) all go through the peer review process. We’ve all had some really critical critiques, and if you can learn how to use those critiques to make your work better, well then you can truly do something great. So, thank you for being open to the process, I think it can be challenging, but it is so very critical to becoming a great researcher, a great scholar and a great student. So thank you for your openness, again. My summary post and those scores will be posted on Thursday, and that really is the conclusion of the heavy work course. In the CEP week folder, there will be another (my final) ipadio course announcement, as well as a Goodbye Discussion Board. If you would like to post a farewell message to any of your peers in the course, you can do so there. And of course, you will have one final Journal Entry to reflect back on the work that you’ve done in this class. Next weekend, please take a minute, if you can, to run a grade report or to look at your scores in the course and to see what score you expect to get and what score you want to get in the course. If you think I have put a score in incorrectly or something isn’t scored, please contact me. Hopefully by the weekend the Blackboard grade book will be in excellent shape and you will be able to do the exercise without too much trouble. I will be available via email over the weekend and on Monday, and next Tuesday morning I have my final office hours from 8-9am. I am happy to speak with you over the telephone or meet with in person. So again, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thanks everyone- have a great week!
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Tags: Micro-teaching discussions, personal journal entries, article critique
Hello Everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful week off last week and enjoyed the Thanksgiving Holiday. I am thrilled to see you all working in your small groups teaching your lessons from your Micro-Teaching Lesson Plans. By now you should have posted your lesson plan, a description about how you will teach your lesson to your peers, and also the actual teaching materials for your peers to learn about the lesson. Each lesson should take approximately 15-20 minutes, so please make sure you have enough information available for your peers, but not too much information. We all have a busy week these final weeks of our course, and we want to make sure everyone has time to participate in each lesson in their small group. I have noticed some files are available through file exchange and some are available through the discussion board, so please make sure you check both areas in the small group site. Please also remember that by the end of your discussion period you should have given your peers both a short program evaluation and a short assessment. These can be very brief, but please make sure you put in some sort of assessment for your peers and some sort of evaluation for your peers. You should probably post those by tomorrow morning at 8am to give your peers enough time to look at them. The sooner you can post them during the follow-up discussion period, the better. Thank you again for your hard work this final week of our discussion! I know it is one of our most interesting and challenging weeks, and it is wonderful to see the various ways you have chosen to teach your micro lessons for adults. As I mention previously, in the future you will be taking at least two more courses about adult education methods where you will become masters in the teaching of adults. So this week get your feet wet and have fun. In addition to our discussion this week, we do have Personal Journal Entry #9 due. It is posted and ready for you to submit anytime between now and 11:55pm on Saturday. After that, on Monday, we have two additional assignments due- the final two assignments for the semester. We have the last of our papers; the article critique, which I explained will be strictly scored for APA style and grammar, much like our initial paper- the Adult Education Positionality Paper was. So, please be very careful with APA style guidelines and with grammar and format in that Article Critique paper that is due by 11:55pm on Monday. Also, due on Monday is your Final Personal Journal Entry. It’s a reflection on the course. The questions will be ready for you on Saturday morning at 8am. So you can turn in that Personal Journal Entry any time after 8am on Saturday, and you can turn in your article critique anytime between now and 11:55pm on Monday. As always, please feel free to post any questions or concerns on the “Ask the Instructor” discussion board. I do have office hours tomorrow, which is Wednesday, from 8am-12pm. Please feel free to contact me via telephone or come in for a visit, if you have any questions or concerns about the course. Part of your Personal Journal Entry this week is to do a grade check. Please run a grade report or look in your grade book and check all the scores you have received in the course. I want to make sure everyone gets the correct grade in the course and that there are no surprises. So please add up your points in the course. Take a look at what score you are likely going to get and ask me any questions if you think an assignment has been scored incorrectly or unfairly. I am very open to talking to you about your scores in the course, so please don’t hesitate to contact me either tomorrow during office hours or via your Personal Journal Entry. I will have office hours next week as well, on Tuesday morning from 8-9am, and those will be my last office hours of the semester. Thank you again for all of your hard work this semester and for you wonderful discussions this week. I look forward to participating in the rest of your discussions which are open until Wednesday night at 10pm. Thanks everyone and have a nice week!
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Tags: Discussion, empirical vs. non-empirical research, presentation discussion boards
Hello Everyone, I hope you are enjoying Week #11. I think you all are having another terrific discussion this week on participatory action research (PAR), mix methods research and the difference between empirical and non-empirical research. I hope you all have taken time to read the articles written by our own department chair Dr. Susan Birden, and listened to Dr. Birden’s audio description of the work that she does. We added her work to this course because she really talks about a need for non-empirical research to be valued within the education field. Often times we see the divide in research be between qualitative and quantitative research, and non-empirical research gets left out of the conversation. So, I am really excited that you have been exposed to research from empirical to non-empirical. I have posted the discussion questions for the presentation week in the presentation week folders. You can take a look at how the discussion will run and that will give you a sense of what to expect when you’re presenting. Of course your presentation materials and your final literature review are due this Saturday. I will post all of those materials on Sunday and then our presentation discussion during Week #12 will begin on Tuesday. We will have an altered discussion schedule from next week from Tuesday to Thursday, due to the Veteran’s Day holiday. The presentation discussion board will open on midnight on Tuesday and will close on midnight on Thursday. So we have that entire discussion period to work on the presentation discussion board. This discussion will not have the same structure of our regular discussions, in that your first post response is not due as soon as the discussion opens. Instead you are required to make a first post on each of the four discussion boards (or three discussion boards if you are a presenter) within the 36 hours that the discussion is open. So, the discussion is open on midnight on Tuesday and then you are going to want to make sure that by noon on Wednesday you’ve posted a first post response to everyone who is presenting this week. Yes, presenters you do have to participate in the other discussion boards this week, as well as facilitate your own discussions board. I know it will be a busy week, but the discussion activity and the materials for the discussion are only reading requirement for this week and I think it is going to be extremely interesting and very valuable, as well. Those of you who have not done a lot of peer review in previous courses or have not worked with me in the grant writing course previously, I want you to encourage you to think through the peer review process. It’s critically important that you approach peer review with an open mind. Both as a reviewer and the presentation presenter who is being reviewed. Please know that we are all working together to learn as much as we possibly can about research and research methods, and all of the peer reviewed critiques will be given with the best intentions. So, I think if we all have an open mind and know that we are all working together to try to learn as much as we can the peer reviewed process will go very well. I’ll post some peer reviewed guidelines as well just so that you can take a look at how peer review typically should be approached. Thanks again for all you hard work in the course good look on all your final assignments. I hope they are coming along well. I will of course be available via “Ask the Instructor” discussion board and by email. On Saturday, I do have limited availability in the afternoon and evening, so please post any questions early in the day on Saturday. Thanks so much everyone have a great week and weekend!
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Tags: Discussion, Veteran's Day, course readings
Hello Everyone, I hope you are all enjoying Week #11. I have certainly enjoyed your presentations on your Mini Case Study of an International Adult Education Provider. Thank you for choosing such interesting providers, I think we have all been learning a lot from these presentations. Of course the follow up discussions is currently under way and it will go until 10pm tonight. Next week, we do not have a discussion, so after our discussion ends tonight we will not be discussing together until Week #13. Next week we are off of the discussion board in observance of Veteran’s days. Even though we don’t have a discussion next week, we of course still have course reading to do that are due this Sunday, and you have readings due the following Sunday, as well. You also have a personal journal due this week and next week. While you are off from the discussion board next week, I highly recommend that you begin or continue to work on your next two paper assignments. You do have your Micro Teaching Lesson Plan due, as well as an article critique due, before the end of the semester. The guidelines for the micro teaching lesson plan are available in the assignment guidelines folder and I will have the guidelines for the article critique posted by this Friday. As always please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about the assignments. Even though we will not have a formal discussion next week the “Ask the Instructor Discussion Board” will be open and I will have my normal office hours. As a reminder, the micro teaching lesson plan is due November 23rd, and your article critique is due CEP week on Monday, December 9th. I’ve really enjoyed all the hard work that you are doing in this course- please keep it up! As a reminder, registration opens tomorrow for the spring semester. Please make sure you contact your adviser to touch base and to get your pin number to register for the spring. I will hopefully work with you all again sometime in the future, and I hope you all enjoy the rest of the semester and have a great spring semester as well. With that I am going to sign off and say have a wonderful weekend and take care!
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Tags: Discussion, draft literature review, research journal entry
Hello Everyone, Thank you for a terrific discussion during Week #10. I truly enjoyed sharing my research work with you. I was so impressed by your excellent questions about “Walking the Methodological Tightrope” and for our discussion about the text Speed Bumps. You did such a wonderful job on the discussions board. I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate it, and how happy I was to be able to share some of my work with you. All of your draft literature reviews have been scored and returned, so please be sure to take a look at the detailed feedback that I provided in your documents and feel free to contact me at any time with questions and concerns. Some of you gave me a lot information to work with and I gave you as much feedback on that as I could. Others of you did not give me back as much information and so I want to give everyone particularly, those of you who didn’t give me as much information, the opportunity to upload any documents you will like me to review in this week’s research journal entry. The research journal is currently set up so that we can have a conversation about any outstanding questions you may have about your literature review and also so that we can talk about what hypothetical research model you will be proposing in your presentation. But, you are also welcome to upload your current draft of your literature review if you would like additional feedback. If you do upload a more current draft, please let me know what you have changed so that I can respond accordingly. Next week we will be finishing our discussion of research methods. We will be talking about mixed methods research, participatory action research (PAR) and we’ll also be talking about two non-empirical forms of research and we will be reading articles by our own chair Dr. Susan Birden. Dr. Birden has also generously made an audio clip for us describing what type of processes of research that she conducts and the audio tape is really interesting and it is available in Week #11. Next week, in addition to our discussion, you will be completing your literature review and project presentation materials and during Week #12 you’ll begin our project presentations. I really look at project presentations as an additional form of learning in this course- we’ll be learning with and from each other and engaging in a bit of peer review. I hope you all are open to the process! I think it is going to be incredibly valuable. As always, I have office hours next week on Tuesday and Wednesday and you are welcome to contact me at any time to set up an alternative time to meet. The “Ask the Instructor” discussion board is open, so feel free to post questions and have a terrific weekend. Thanks everyone!
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Tags: Welcome to ADE 500, grade report, office hours
Hello Everyone! This is Andrea Nikischer - your instructor for ADE 500: Introduction to Adult Education. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with you this semester. Thank you for your introduction posts during Week #1. I enjoyed getting to know you, and I also enjoyed reading your personal journal entries and computer/data back-up plans. Please check "My Grades" to read any comments I have left about your assignments, and also check my responses in your personal journals. This week we begin our work with Adult Education content. We will be working with three classic texts in the field of Adult Education this semester, and I will add additional media pieces and articles, as well. Please feel free to contact me at any time through the "Ask the Instructor" discussion board, via "Send Mail" in Blackboard, or during my office hours. I have made a slight change to my office hours. The new hours will be 8am-9am Tuesdays and 8am-12 noon on Wednesdays. If these hours do not work with your schedule, please contact me and we can set up an alternative time. Thank you and have a great week!
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