by Mr T's iSchool phlog
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Tags: iSchool, 4th Grade, Legacy Academy
Random notes regarding this year's 4th grade Market Day to be held this December on Friday the 13th. It is either the tenth or eleventh Market Day at Legacy Academy, the nation's 4th and Colorado's first iSchool.
by Nikischer Course Announcements
Tags: Presentations, peer feedback, summary posts
Hello Everyone, I hope you are enjoying the second presentation week! Thank you again to all the presenters and thank you to everyone for providing excellent peer review feedback. I’d like to take a minute to share with you the story of the first time I provide a presentation on a research study and received peer review feedback on it. I had spent several weeks working on a qualitative research study with rural high school students about their perceptions on schooling. I transcribed the interviews, I analyze the data and I presented my findings to my classmates and my professor in my doctoral program. After I did my presentation, my professor said (and my professor is Lois Weis) “Well Andrea that was very interesting, but it certainly wasn’t qualitative research.” My peers then followed up with many very critical questions about my work and I realize I had a lot to learn. It is very important to go through the peer reviewed process when you’re learning how to translate what you have learned about qualitative and quantitative research in reading and in discussion, into a real world project. I promise you it never goes as smoothly as you might imagine, and I certainly did not expect for anyone to present a perfect research project here in 689. I hope you can see the value of doing our presentations and receiving peer review feedback. I know it can be difficult to hear about some of the challenges or difficulties with your work, and I really appreciate you being open-minded to the process. Every researcher that does a valid research project goes through an approval process which involves some level of critique. Even researchers such as a Lois Weis still have to have their work approved by funding agencies, institutional review boards and other interested partners in the research. And that process always, without question, involves some level of critique. So what we are doing in our class these last few weeks is very similar to the real life process of getting a research project approved. I hope you are enjoying it and I hope you are find the process not to painful, and I hope we can all learn a lot form the work that we are sharing with each other. I will post a summary post on each discussion board after each presentation has ended this week, which means tomorrow. On Thursday I will make summary post. I posted them last week on Friday because the discussion ended on Thursday. Please be sure to take some time to read those posts. They’re very short, but they point out what are the most important critiques of the research projects that were presented. I want to make sure you get my take on what the most important parts of our peer reviewed discussions have been. For those of you who are presenters, I do post presentation scores the day after the presentation discussion board is closed. So, be sure to check the Blackboard grade book for your score and comments on your presentations. I have not yet scored the final Literature Review. I’ve been spending time scoring the presentations and I want to make sure I return all of the literature reviews back to you at about the same time. I would like to ask for your patience and I would like to score the final literature reviews next week during the Thanksgiving holiday. Next week, as you know, you don’t have any discussion boards or readings or assignments for this course. I hope you all enjoy this Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family! During that time, I will have a few days where I can work on scoring your final reviews. I hope to have all those scores given back to you by the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Again, thank you for your patience. I hope you all enjoy the rest of the week’s presentation discussions and I look forward to our continuing work in this course. Thanks everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!
by Nikischer Course Announcements
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Tags: Presentation discussion boards, peer review feedback, summary post
Hello Everyone, Welcome to the first presentation week, Week #12. I want to wish all of our presenters good luck! I hope you enjoy the process of having your work peer reviewed this week. Please know that everyone is reviewing your work with the best intentions, and of course they are required to ask questions or make a comment or suggestion for improvement. So, please understand that the process is done with the best intentions. I hope you all find it to be a very useful process. We have four presentation discussion boards being run this week. Everyone is required to participate in all four boards. If you are presenter, please make a first post so that you can enter your discussion board, and be sure to response to the questions and comments from your peers. If your peers post a suggestion or comment that you don’t understand or that you would like more information about, please feel free to ask your peer a follow up question. Additionally, if anyone makes the suggestion that you don’t agree with, in your response you can offer a defense as to why you have set things up the way you have (originally). Again, this should be done with the best intentions and we should all have a great attitude as we go into the peer reviewed week. For those of you who are doing the reviewing this week, please make your critique as specific as you possibly can. General suggestions often don’t move the process forward, but very specific, precise suggestions do have the ability to move our conversation forward in a very positive way. You’ll be offering those positive comments about the literature review and the hypothetical research study, as well as suggestions for improvement or questions. Please make sure you frame those questions and suggestions in a positive light, and again please be as specific as you possibly can and check back to see how each presenter has responded to your peer review feedback. The discussion board this week is open from 12am Tuesday, so it is open now, through midnight on Thursday. You are able to interact that entire time, but everyone must make a first post on the presentation discussion boards by noon on Wednesday. Peer review presenters please remember to respond to your peers as quickly as you can, so that the conversation can continue with a back and forth exchange about your response to the initial feedback. After this week, I think we will have a good sense about how the peer review process runs. Please feel free to ask any questions or concerns on the “Ask the Instructor” discussion board. I will not be participating in the presentation discussion board, because those board are being run by the presenters. I don’t want to “hijack” the conversation with any comments or questions that I may make or ask, so I will save my feedback until the end of the discussion. After each presentation discussion week has ended, I will post a summary post on each discussion board summarizing what I believe were the main points of the discussion and clarifying any outstanding questions or concerns. So if there are any concerns outstanding at the end of the discussion period, I will be able to response to those after the discussion has ended. Presenters: if someone ask a question and you’re not sure what the answer is, please try to find out. This is a great time to use your course readings and resources, and you’re welcome to go to outside resources as well, to clarify any questions or concerns that arise. I am thrilled with the presentations that I have been reading. It’s wonderful to see the way that you’re thinking through the information that learned in this course and putting it into action into your hypothetical research plan. I look forward to the rest of the discussion this week. Have a great time and I will post my summaries on Friday. Take care everyone!
by Course Announcements
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!