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Tags: Discussion board, mid-course review, site visit report
Hello Everyone, I hope you are enjoying Week #7. This week we are having a discussion about transformative learning experiences, as well as thinking through some of the issues in adult development and how they relate to adult education. We are also continuing our very important conversation on access to both adult education programs and classrooms. One of the most important things we can do as adult educators is to promote welcoming learning environments and this week we are continuing our conversation of how we can do that. The discussion board is now open. There is a somewhat higher requirement for posts this week. Since we have such a small class, our conversations haven’t been quite as robust as I think they can be. So I have upped the requirement of the posts a little bit hoping to inspire more meaningful interactions between peers on the discussion board. As a reminder, the discussion board is our class time each week. In the program we are required, to be certified to give you a Master’s degree here at Buffalo State, to have a set class time class time every week and that time is our discussion board. So please plan to spend about the same amount of time you would spend in a face to face classroom on the online discussion board, and that is about 2 hours and 40 minutes. We also do a personal journal entry, so that can be included as part of that time as well. Speaking of personal journals, this week you will be completing your mid-course review. This gives a chance to reflect on your reading and the work you’ve done in the course to date and to think through what value you found so far in the activities, discussion, papers, and reading that we’ve done. I love getting feedback on the course! Please do not feel you need to censor yourself. This journal is for you, so you should be very honest with yourself about the things that are working really well and if you have any concerns you should feel free to share them. As always, I have office hours this week, today on Tuesday I had them, and I will have them tomorrow on Wednesday 8am-12pm. As always, you are welcome to contact me at any time to set up an alternative time to meet and you are welcome to email me questions or concerns any time, or post them on the “Ask the Instructor” discussion board which is now working in both sections of AED 500. So last week, you received back your Adult Education Definition and Postionality papers. You all should have your scores and detailed comments from both the Writing Coach and myself. I hope you found this detailed feedback to be useful. This paper is generally one of the more difficulty papers in the program, because it’s the first paper you often write and it is scored very strictly for both grammar and APA style, as well as for content. Don’t be discouraged if you struggled with citation or if you struggled for grammar or formatting or APA style. All of this is something we want to catch in the first paper in the program so that you have time to work with our free Writing Coach to improve your writing skills, so by the time that you get ready to do your comprehensive exam for graduation you are ready to pass that exam. We never want to have a student pass all of their courses and then find they are unable to write a passing comprehensive examination. So if you have been referred to the Writing Coach, please take advantage of the free service that we offer for you. Additionally, those APA sources are available in our Assignment Guidelines folder. There’s a link to the Purdue Owl APA guide and the Harvard APA tutorial and there are also videos about plagiarism. As a reminder, plagiarism is a major ethical violation so you must site any words that are not your own using quote marks or a block quote and you must site any idea that is not your own with a reference at the end of the sentence or thought. You should at this point be working on the next paper assignment which is the Site Visit Report. That report is due before spring break, next week on March 22. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about this assignment. We will not be using the “Turnitin” drop box and I will not be sending this to the Writing Coach. I will look at this assignment mainly for content and I will give you comments for your APA style and grammar. If you don’t try to APA at all I will take off points. So please do try to use APA style and try to have great grammar and format, but again I will be grading mainly for content in this assignment. I can’t wait to see the site visits you choose to conduct and to see where you choose to go to do your site visit. We will all be learning about each others’ site visits during the discussion when we return from spring break, Week #10. I will post the presentation guidelines for that discussion next week so that you will be able to work on that presentation discussion over spring break. If you choose to so you will actually have over a week to get that discussion post ready, if you would like to work on it early. If not, you’re welcome to work on it the weekend before the discussion begins, as usual. Thanks again for all of your hard work everyone! I hope you have a terrific week and I look forward to reading your mid-course review.
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Tags: Papers, discussion board, educational autobiography
Hello Everyone, I hope you’re enjoying Week #6. Thank you so much for your excellent work on the discussion board. The discussion is now open and it will be open until 10pm on Wednesday. This week in addition to thinking through the readings from all of this semester and this week, we are also watching a video and thinking through the ways that the lecturer, Ken Robinson, considers failures and needs in education, thinking through how those thoughts from Ken Robinson apply to our experiences in K-12 education and our hopes and goals for K-12 education, as well as how his ideas relate to the ideas in Adult Education, such as self-directive learning and something that we’ll be talking more about next week- transformational learning. I hope that you are enjoying the video. I did not post it because I think you should agree with everything Ken Robinson says, but rather because it’s a great jumping off point to have a discussion about how we can improve education. In addition to your discussion this week, you do have another personal journal entry due. Thank you so much for all of your work on your educational autobiographies. This week you will be thinking through the qualities of your best K-12 education teachers and those teachers who were less effective. It’s really important in this educational autobiography entry that you be very specific. You really want to think about what were the exact qualities of the teachers that you had that made them great, or maybe not so great. At this point you should be thinking through your Site Visit Report which is due at the end of Week #8, right before we go on spring break. Because you have to do a site visit, it is very important to plan in advance where you would like to go and what you’re going to be looking for in your site visit. The assignment guidelines for the site visit are posted in the Assignment Guidelines folder. I hope you all find a very interesting and exciting adult education program to observe, and I really look forward to hearing our thoughts on those observations. Thank you so much for your patience on the grading of the Adult Education Definition and Postionality papers. The papers will all be returned back to you tonight- by the end of the day. I have received them back from the Writing Coach and you will receive both my comments in one attachment and a separate attachment from the Writing Coach. I will also let you know if you have been referred to the ADE Writing Forum for assistance with your writing. Please do not be upset if are referred to the Writing Forum. We all have different skills and some of you have not had the opportunity to fully develop your writing skills in your undergraduate education. That’s okay because we offer you a free service here in the Adult Education program to strengthen your writing. We know that employers want to see Master’s level prepared students who have strong writing skills and strong critical thinking skills, and those are two things that we work very hard on here in the Adult Education program at Buffalo State. If you weren’t referred to the Writing Forum but you will like to be part of the forum, which is available through Blackboard, please just send me an email and I will be happy to add you. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about the way your paper was scored or you think it was scored unfairly or incorrectly, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am happy to discuss with you in detail the score that you received and I am always open to hearing reasons as to why the score should be changed. At this point, I think we are moving pretty quickly to the mid-point of the semester. The snow outside makes it seem like the time is moving slowly, but I think our time together is moving very quickly. Next week you will be completing a midpoint review as part of your personal journal entry and then Week #8 is the official mid-point this semester. As always, please contact me if you would like to get together to meet via telephone, Skype, or in person. I have office hours this week, as usual. I have them today from 8am-9am and I will have them on tomorrow, on Wednesday from 8am-12pm. I am also happy to meet with you at a time that is more convenient for you. All you need to do is send me an email. Lastly, the “Ask the Instructor” discussion boards are open. Unfortunately, in one section of AED 500 I did have to create a new “Ask the Instructor” board. If you haven’t done so yet, please be sure to subscribe to that board so that you can receive notices when questions and responses are posted. Thanks again for all your hard work everyone. Thanks for your patience regarding the grading of the Adult Education Definition and Positionality papers. In the future all of your papers will be returned back within one week. Have a great week and weekend!
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Tags: Discussion board, educational autobiography, Adult Education Definition and Positionality Paper
Hello Everyone, I hope you are enjoying the Week #3 discussion. It’s really wonderful to read all of your responses on the discussion board. I think the discussion is going very well. It is currently open and it will be open until 10pm on Wednesday. On Saturday this week, you have a personal journal entry due by 11:59pm. It is the first part in our series of educational autobiography posts. We’ll be exploring our past educational experiences to understand how we’ve come to believe what we believe about education, teaching and learning. Please note that next week is President’s week. There are no classes at Buffalo State on Monday and Tuesday, so we will not be having a discussion board next week. We also will not be having readings next week, and I will not be holding office hours on Tuesday or Wednesday. The focus next week will be completing your Adult Education Definition and Positionality Paper. Please pay very careful attention to format, grammar, APA style and of course the most important part- content. The assignment guidelines are available on the Blackboard course site. Please feel free to post any questions about the paper on the “Ask the Instructor” discussion board, or you can email me private questions directly using the Send Mail function in Blackboard. I will be available all week next week for questions, so please do not hesitate to ask me any questions that you have about the assignment. I hope you have a terrific rest of the week this week and a great week next week. I look forward to reading your papers on your definition of adult education and your position on adult education. I will be sending those papers to our Writing Coach, as well and the Writing Coach will score those papers for grammar, format and also APA style. It takes about a week and a half to two weeks to return those papers, because they do involve the Writing Coach and also myself in the grading process. I’ll get them back to you as quickly as I can. I always score them in a first in first out bases. That means the first person to turn in their paper is the first person to get it back with a score. Again, please do not hesitate to ask me any questions or concerns and have a terrific couple of weeks! I will post another ipadio phone cast during Week #5. Thanks everyone.
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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: 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!
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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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